Posted on August 14th, 2015
|Where are you from?
It’s complicated. I grew up in Iran, but my mother was American.I came to America when I was 16 and lived in the SF Bay Area. I moved to NYC in 76, when I was 21. I returned to SF in 89 and now I’ve been back to NY since 2006. I currently live Greenpoint.
I started using a Crown Graphic 4X5 camera for large format, but I now have two custom Polaroid 4X5 conversion cameras, one with a Xenotar 135/3.5 lens and I just received another Polaroid 4X5 camera for my Sironar S 150 lens. These Polaroid 4X5 conversions cameras are at least 2.5lbs lighter than a Crown Graphic and are probably the lightest lightest option for 4X5 rangefinder photography.
I also have two 5X7 camera, a Speed Graphic and a K.B. Canham Wood. I use a Sironar S 210 on my 5X7 cameras.
|Do you think film photography has a future?
With the exception of the Leica Monochrome, digital cameras are useless for B&W photography. Digital images that have been flipped to B&W look lame and anemic, unless one is willing to perform several steps of overlays in Photoshop, or is willing to purchase dedicated software, to render lively B&W digital images. I do not doubt that in the near future, digital cameras will be able to mimic large film. There has been much progress with digital “medium format” cameras, however most of them are exceedingly expensive. Unless someone wants to give me a Lieca S2, or an IQ-80 camera, I’ll stick with film!