September 21, 2013

With Yashica 635 - why lens sharpness sometimes doesn't matter in medium format

The best bit of advice I ever received from a Hasselblad repair technician: If you're not cropping images, don't worry that the lens is a mere triplet and not a better formula.

My trusty 635 has the triplet Yashikor instead of the highly desirable Yashinon lens found on the Yashica Mat 124-G.

Horst Wenzel, camera repair tech extraordinaire, said, "Pah, what difference does it make. You'd have to blow it up the size of the wall to see the difference."

Indeed, the bigger the image the further back one stands.

Lens sharpness has a parallel to the passion for more pixels in the digital era. If cropping is not involved, a photographer can get by with a mere 2.7 pixels even less (depending on the size of the print).

A big negative makes up for a humble (not crappy) lens. Above is Park Wong tailor from the shop where I apprenticed, Modernize Tailors.

It's a scan made with a mini light table as the backlight...I don't have a medium format scanner.

I picked up the gist of this technique from John Sypal of Tokyo Camera Style. Good enough for me.

September 6, 2013

More Warhol news and Warhol-with-a-camera shots because we can't get enough

New York Times' T-Magazine reports a batch of photos by Warhol are on auction right NOW. They are owned by the Hedges Project. Above, is his 1986 image of Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.
Recent Warhol/camera images....

Ahh. The above image is by David McGough. I've heard about this camera but I hadn't found a hi-res version of it. McGough writes that Warhol holds a point and shoot decorated by Keith Harring. It is identified as a Canon but based on the viewfinder position and the location of the light exposure sensor under the lens I suspect it is an Olympus AFL Picasso from 1983.

Also, because it's so nice, Warhol on the Great Wall by Chris Makos with his camera for that trip, the Chinon Infrafocus 35F-MA.