Specialists in medium and large format photographic equipment

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If you’ve got the time, large format cameras offer the highest quality image and flexibility in terms of movements. This is particularly useful where perspective and parallel lines need to be accurate, as in architectural photography. From an artistic/compositional point of view, there is also something magical about slowing things down and looking at the […]

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Our passion is for analogue film photography with large and medium format being our main area of expertise. We understand that finding a camera that intuitively feels right and achieves fantastic results is of vital importance to artists and photographers.

What is EV (Exposure Value)?

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[fusion_text]Exposure Values were launched in 1954 by the Prontor shutter company at the Photokina event. Originally they were called LV (Light Values) then renamed to EV (Exposure Values). The EV summarises all equivalent combinations of shutter and aperture, to provide a single exposure. For example, the EV 1 value means the following set up exposures: […]

What is an Image Circle?

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Types of Large Format Camera

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[fusion_text]A large format camera is anything that uses film larger than 120 roll film. This means that the camera will use either sheet film, or glass plates. Early cameras used glass plates, and later sheet film, so large format cameras have many similarities with early cameras, and many large format cameras are quite old.[/fusion_text][one_half last=”no” […]

The Relationship Between the Artist/Photographer and Their Tools

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[fusion_text]Why do artists/photographers choose one camera over another? To many artists, the image is king and the technology behind it is of secondary concern.  Often, there are thousands of words written about the content and cultural context of the work, and very little information about how they made it. Does being caught up with technology […]

Choosing a Hasselblad Camera Body

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[fusion_text] The choice and selection of Hasselblad bodies is complex and bewildering. Where to start? Hasselblad made their V-System camera over a 50 year period, and they are fully interchangeable. This means that you can use a body made in 1959 with a lens that was made as recently as 2009, and it will work […]

Hasselblad Extension Tubes

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[fusion_text]Extension tubes are a very common camera accessory. They allow the lens to sit further away from the camera, so that you can focus closer. Hasselblad extension tubes are more complex than those for other cameras for two principle reasons: There is a mechanical linkage between the camera body and the shutter in the lens, […]

Types of Hasselblad Lenses

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[fusion_text]Hasselblad V cameras were made over a very long period. They were made between 1957 and around 2008. With a few exceptions, all lenses and bodies are interchangable. It is worth noting that the lens elements and optical formulae are often unchanged, despite major differences in appearance. C – 1957 to 1982. Chrome (non-T*, plus […]

Understanding Light Meters

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[fusion_text]Light meters are instruments that measure light, so that you can set the correct exposure on your camera (the shutter speed and aperture, based on a given film speed ). Does my camera have a light meter in it? Automatic cameras have a light meter built in. This will control either the shutter speed, aperture […]