Friday, May 7, 2010
Rented a Mamiya 645AFD from Samy's today. $50 for the weekend. $35 for 4 rolls of Fuji 220 ISO160. It feels weird shooting film again. I'm constantly looking at the back of the camera expecting something to appear.
It's weird. My initial impressions are:
-There's no vertical grip and no vertical grip buttons.
-There's 1 AF spot LOL! My D3 has 51 but none where I want them :(
-It's not much bigger/heavier than my D3
-There's no AFS on the Mamiya lens
My initial conclusions are that the camera feels like a blast from the past. I suppose all film cameras are blasts from the past but it does feel like I'm back in the 90's with this thing because of the buttons, the layout, the interface, etc. The camera syncs at 1/125th so I'll have to adjust to that when syncing with the AlienBees and see what happens. The fact that it uses ISO160 film is bothersome because I don't have a 160 ISO setting on my D3 so I won't know how the film is really reacting/interacting with the strobes.
I'm going to test it out over the next couple of days...