What camera should I buy? What’s the best camera? What camera should I use? Is this camera better than that one? Which camera makes the best images?
These are all questions most, if not all, photographers ask at some point in their life. For me, I look at the camera as a tool. Just like all hammers are not the same, all cameras are different. Some are more suited for one type of photography over the other. But in the end, the image is what’s most important.
One of the reasons I shoot with so many cameras is because of what I just said above. The camera is a tool and there are certain images that I simply wouldn’t be able to capture if I restricted myself to only one camera. I’m not opposed to restrictions or limitations in photography. In fact, I find that this is a healthy exercise to push yourself into unknown territory. But I would never want to restrict myself to one camera or format for the rest of my life. There are simply too many images to be made that a single camera isn’t capable of capturing. An 8×10 camera is wonderful, but simply can’t capture certain images that another simpler or more nimble camera is able to. On the contrary, a view camera is capable of making images that many other cameras are unable to.
So what’s the best camera? Well…whatever is the right tool for the job. Maybe the real question is, “Which camera helps you capture your vision the best in the moment?”
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7 sheets 8×10 film
40 sheets 4×5 film
31 rolls 120 film
What’s your favorite image from this series?
“I believe that photographers should be passionate, determined, disciplined and ready to seek out their own styles and identities.” – Michael kenna
Basin Mountain, West of Bishop, CA. This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #basinmountain #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm
“I believe a lot in instinct. One should never dull it by wanting to know everything. One shouldn’t ask too many questions but do what one does properly, never rush, and never torment oneself.” – Josef Sudek
This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #landscape_lovers #geology #rockhound #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm
“I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.” – Edward Steichen
Owens River near Big Pine, CA. This image was created using Kodak Tri-X 320 on a Toyo 8×10 large format view camera. #owensriver #landscape_lovers #istillshootfilm #believeinfilm
“Photography gives us for the first time a feeling of the structure of things with an intensity which the eye, limited by its accommodation, had hitherto been quite unable to perceive.” – Otto Steinert
This image was made near Aspendell, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto
“I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people.” – Harry Callahan .
Birch Mountain over Owens River. This image was made near Big Pine, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #owensriver #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto
Recently, I received the following quote in an email correspondence:
” Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
The sender was a stranger, and I have no idea why she included this quote. But I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately. I’m not one to give up, nor am I afraid to make mistakes. Instead, I welcome and learn from them. With regards to photography, I continue to strive for improvement, even through missteps, setbacks, and experiments, and it’s become a life pursuit with no end in sight. So it seems that I’ve been following Abhyasa. I like this.
This image was made in The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto
“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” – Walker Evans
This image was made below Mount Basin near The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 100 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #mountbasin #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto