Testing my new Mamiya Universal Press – industrial architecture on Polaroid and Cinestill

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A little while ago I posted a video about trying out my new to me Mamiya Universal Press that I bought from a friend a few days earlier, the awesome photographer Nils Karlson. The Polaroid back I got from him still had some shots in it and I needed to empty it before I could travel, so it was the perfect opportunity to test my new camera. I met up with another dear friend, usch, in Essen and we decided to go shoot some pictures at the Zeche Zollverein, a disused coal mine and industrial complex that is now a World Heritage Site. I had both my new Mamiya Universal – I affectionately call it the Mamiya Beastie, since it is huge – and my Leica with me since we wanted to shoot some night pictures later on too. You can watch the video here if you are interested:

I forgot to post the pictures here when I published the video, so I thought I’d rectify the situation now for those of you who aren’t yet subscribed to my YouTube channel.

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But then, if you aren’t interested in all that YouTube stuff, you can also just scroll down and have a look at the pictures the old-fashioned way! Yay for good old blogs! Social media comes and goes, but I’ve had websites for 20 years now and I’m really glad that they don’t seem to be going anywhere. On the other hand, isn’t it also cool that after so many years of sharing these photo blog posts you can now watch videos to see what’s going on behind the scenes? 20 years ago I would have found that quite futuristic! Incidentally did you know that it would need a roughly 150m stack of floppy disks to fit the raw footage needed for making the video above? It now fits on a microSD card the size of my fingernail! Welcome to the future.

Pictures taken with: Mamiya Universal Press, 100mm f/3.5, Fuji FP-100C.

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After I ran out of the peel apart film that was still in the Polaroid back I switched to:

Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2 and Cinestill 800T. Accidentally exposed at ISO 100. Good accident actually since that compensated a little for shooting Tungsten film in daylight.

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I think I noticed on this shot that I was 3 stops over.

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Don’t try this at home, no trains are running here!

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And finally we get to lighting conditions that are perfect for this film!

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Last one!

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