Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 28 of 28

Thread: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Well, I finally did it. I took the plunge into medium format digital. Somewhat by accident, really. I had decided that I would buy a Hy6 to shoot film after I found a pretty decent deal through Calumet. When I was speaking to their representative, he asked me why I didn't shoot digital. I told him I did not have 30,000+ to spend on a back. He said, "how about 10,000?" Yes please. He had a 54LV that had been used for only one shoot. The photographer made so much money on the first shoot, that he decided to immediately upgrade to the 75LV.

    So, I managed to get a basically brand new latest generation (well, at least until Photokina) 22mp back for a price that I could stomach. This is great for me, because I already have the Rollei lenses, 4560 film back and most everything else I need to use the system. The camera is brand new, but at a slightly better price because of the package deal. The total package was a reasonable amount -- covered by my recent sale of the DMR, Leica M and R lenses and other things I have been selling from my apartment.

    In any case, I am very much looking forward to it. While I would love the Emotion 75, I believe that 22mp is plenty for me...if I need more I can always shoot 4x5. The real pleasure though will be to shoot the fantastic Rollei lenses with the convenience of digital -- and have the ability to pop on the film back for black and white.

    I will not get the kit until some time mid next week, but once I do I am sure I will have some images to post. I look forward to sharing the pleasure and pain (hopefully not too much pain!) of shooting these esoteric, but extremely capable camera systems.
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  2. #2
    Workshop Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Jupiter, Fla.
    Posts
    1,967
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    I'm happy for you Stuart, sounds like you got a heck of a deal. This and the Rollei 110 from ebay... have you considered a career as a personal shopper Looking forward to some images when you get your kit.

  3. #3
    Senior Member helenhill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    1,895
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    16

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Wow Stu.......
    Fantastic news !!
    Congrats on taking the Plunge
    Medium Format is Divine, coupled with Digital I can't even imagine

    Iceland Landscapes & the music scene are waiting

    Cheers ! Helen

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Thanks David. I know! I have had a string of good luck. Maybe I should consider a career as a personal shopper though...I always seem to have very good luck in finding things at a very good price. If anyone wants to pay me to buy them stuff, that's fine by me.

    This current deal was one that I could not refuse, but it was not one that I was looking for. It just fell in my lap, so I have to be quite thankful for it.

    Thanks Helen -- I can't wait to bring it over to Iceland. MFDB is used extensively there, so I hope it will help me compete when I get there. I plan to see if I can rent it as well to subsidize it a bit.
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  5. #5
    Sr. Administrator Jack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Los Altos, CA
    Posts
    10,486
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1031

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Sounds like you got an awesome deal Stuart -- congrats and happy shooting with it! Welcome to MF digiland too!!!
    Jack
    home: www.getdpi.com

    "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."

  6. #6
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Royal Oak, MI and Palm Harbor, FL
    Posts
    8,498
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    44

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Go Stuart! Fantasitc gear at a great price ... hard to beat that!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Graham Mitchell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    London/Kiev
    Posts
    1,079
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Great news. Let us know how you get on once it arrives.

  8. #8
    Subscriber Member TRSmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Central Maine, U.S.A.
    Posts
    2,406
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Very cool Stuart! You'll make it sing I'm sure.

    Best,
    T.
    Last edited by TRSmith; 26th July 2008 at 18:16.

  9. #9
    Super Moderator Cindy Flood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    3,581
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    118

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Wow, Stuart. I'm happy to hear your good news. I can't wait till you post your first shots.

  10. #10
    Senior Member PSon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    908
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    145

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Congratulation Stuart!
    ALPA (MAX, STC, TC) | CAMBO (Actus DB2, WRS-AE) | CONTAX | HASSELBLAD | LEICA | DB (CFV-16, CFV-39, IQ180, IQ360, IQ3100, P45+) | Lens (Canon, Fujinon, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Rodenstock, Schneider, Zeiss)

  11. #11
    Senior Subscriber Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    1,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Nice! Agree on the film back for B&W.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    492
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Nice going Stuart! Congratulations on your Sinar digital system.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Thank you all for the kind words. I find it a little ironic since I have just spent the evening in rubber gloves mixing PMK pyro and developing a few rolls of film...perhaps I will be doing that a bit less (I doubt it though, I still love black and white film).
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    337
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    I shoot in Jerusalem past week with Contax 645 and Distagon 35mm and Kodak b&w film.

    Got really an old-looking grainy image of Jews in Western Wall..
    Wow, I can record images, which look like history as they were recorded 100 and more years ago! I was never able to catch such an old-fashioned image with Nikon and 35mm film.

    I don't know how to show same impression using my 54M back...
    The back is too good to show grain and old mood.
    I never use/like photoshop, no, no, thank. However I spend a lot of time to scan the film. Then I add only a bit of processing in linux gimp just to crop, add a bit of contrast, etc, and magic happen.

    Enjoy your new 75LV
    The b&w film is your natural companion as well

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Moscow
    Posts
    111
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Congratulations, Stuart!

    I am using my 54LV on the Hy6 and I am happy with the quality and speed of shooting. More than enough for my purposes in terms of resolution.
    Also I like the e54LV on my ALPA with shifts much more than the e75 I owned briefly, it demonstrates less digital artefacts than the eMotion 75 did and the 54LV needs less software corrections; I am able to shoot ALPA without doing a lot of white files through a Plexiglas plate.
    Yevgeny

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,338
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    52

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    happy Shooting Stuart.

  17. #17
    Administrator, Instructor Guy Mancuso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2555

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Stuart glad this deal went through as we talked about last week. Happy shooting
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

  18. #18
    Senior Member EH21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    394
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Stuart,
    That's exciting news and I'm happy for you. If you end up ever having a chance to shoot B&W film and DB on the same subject I'd be very interested to see the comparison.
    Regards,
    Eric

  19. #19
    Workshop Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    420
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Congrats Stuart. I look forward to seeing some great shots.

    Best,

    Ray

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Seattle, USA
    Posts
    400
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing some of your work as well.

    -Brad

  21. #21
    thsinar
    Guest

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    a bit late since away without internet connection for a few days: but sincere congratulations, Stuart!

    Best regards,
    Thierry

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    Well, I finally did it. I took the plunge into medium format digital. Somewhat by accident, really. I had decided that I would buy a Hy6 to shoot film after I found a pretty decent deal through Calumet. When I was speaking to their representative, he asked me why I didn't shoot digital. I told him I did not have 30,000+ to spend on a back. He said, "how about 10,000?" Yes please. He had a 54LV that had been used for only one shoot. The photographer made so much money on the first shoot, that he decided to immediately upgrade to the 75LV.

    So, I managed to get a basically brand new latest generation (well, at least until Photokina) 22mp back for a price that I could stomach. This is great for me, because I already have the Rollei lenses, 4560 film back and most everything else I need to use the system. The camera is brand new, but at a slightly better price because of the package deal. The total package was a reasonable amount -- covered by my recent sale of the DMR, Leica M and R lenses and other things I have been selling from my apartment.

    In any case, I am very much looking forward to it. While I would love the Emotion 75, I believe that 22mp is plenty for me...if I need more I can always shoot 4x5. The real pleasure though will be to shoot the fantastic Rollei lenses with the convenience of digital -- and have the ability to pop on the film back for black and white.

    I will not get the kit until some time mid next week, but once I do I am sure I will have some images to post. I look forward to sharing the pleasure and pain (hopefully not too much pain!) of shooting these esoteric, but extremely capable camera systems.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Thank you Thierry! I just received the camera and back yesterday. So far, so good. I will post an impressions thread soon. I have found the camera much to my liking -- a real improvement on the 6008AF, which is already an excellent camera. The 54LV is working well too. This is more out of my element, so I am still learning how best to use it, but the basic operation is pretty easy. The software is a bit more difficult, but I will have my dealer show me how to use it properly next week. I have not gotten emotion DNG to work well yet...it can't seem to find the proper reference files even when I insert the cd and open the folder with them. Capture Shop seems to work, though I need to learn the workflow. It looks like exposure will be a better program, but it does not seem to open the standard STI files from the camera. Is there any way to open files that are already shot in eXposure, or can it only do things shot tethered?

    Edit: Ok, I figured out how to view the shots in eXposure...I need to read the manual...in fact, that is what I am doing at the moment...
    Last edited by Stuart Richardson; 31st July 2008 at 19:30.
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Here is the first photo from it that I like. Very sharp and nice color (at least on my laptop monitor...I have not had a chance to do it on my desktop yet).

    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  24. #24
    Workshop Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Jupiter, Fla.
    Posts
    1,967
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Stuart, as you well know there is a learning curve to any new system. I had my share of growing pains I can assure you. I hope you will share that portion of your experience with us too. I now find the conversion software, both Brumbaer and Exposure, excellent and quite easy to use but certainly it was not intuitive to me. Feel free to pm me offline if there's anything you find you need help with.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Thanks David,
    I will probably do that. The programs look good, but they do not strike me as very intuitive (nor is the manual for eXposure that easy to follow...I wish I had a paper version too...I will have to print them out). The process of getting the files off of the back and into a folder in eXposure is not as straightforward as most other programs. There is no import button or command, and the images do not automatically show up when you plug in a back. I figured it out by blind trial and error -- click on the back and the images show up. Then select them all and manually drag them to a folder. Then it will convert them to DNG's that you can use. Very simple once you figure it out, but I could not find that written anywhere in the manual (which I admittedly have not finished reading yet, but there was no section called "importing images" or "transferring images from the back" etc). Anyway, I will definitely post about my experiences as they occur.
    Thanks again for the offer of help.
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

  26. #26
    Workshop Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Jupiter, Fla.
    Posts
    1,967
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    2

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Stuart,
    I had the same problem with Exposure, simple as pie once you know how to do it, but not intuitive and not in the manual. I spent quite a bit of time looking for an import button or File>Import but that's not how Exposure works. It's a simple drag and drop... who'd a thunk it. Actually, so is Brumbaer so in a way it kind of makes sense to do it this way. BTW, if you haven't downloaded and used Brumbaer you should. It's a great little program. Got your pm and sent you a response.

  27. #27
    Senior Member bensonga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,416
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    819

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Congratulations on the great deal and the new gear Stuart! You and I will both be spending alot of time in learning mode for awhile, I'm sure. Look forward to seeing your images and hearing about your experiences with the camera and back. Your first photo looks terrific!

    Gary Benson
    Eagle River, Alaska

  28. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Posts
    2,310
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    9

    Re: The forum's newest Sinar MFDB owner

    Thanks Gary. I am looking forward to seeing more of yours too! I like the first one of the 8000 dollar...well, whatever it was. As for learning mode...yes, I think it is going to take awhile before I start posting a number of photos from it. August here is generally pretty unpleasant to walk around with a lot of gear and do a lot of photography, so I will have to wrangle some studio stuff. Outside it is point and shoot season!
    My photos are here: http://www.stuartrichardson.com and more recent work here: http://stuartrichardson.tumblr.com/ Please have a look at my book!
    My lab is here: http://www.customphotolab.is and on facebook

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •