Sinar F2 – Large Format Camera 4×5
Matthew Osborne Photography
After my purchase of my first large format camera, a 1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic, I now have a better understanding of perspective control and parallel lines. The Speed Graphic lets me adjust the vertical tilt and rise on the front standard to a small degree. I want to be able to control horizontal tilt or “swing” on the front standard as well but also be able to tilt, raise and swing the rear standard. The Speed Graphic movements perhaps give me 10-20% control vs none when using a fixed camera lens such as a Leica rangefinder camera. I used to use a Lensbaby Edge 80 lens on my digital Nikon D800 and Nikon FM film camera to create tilt shift effects. My Rolleiflex SL66E also has a tilt option but for all of the cameras mentioned so far the amount of control I have is limited.
The Sinar F2 is a Swiss made 4×5 large format camera. SINAR stands for “Still, Industrial, Nature, Architectural, Reproduction photography and the cameras were popular for advertising, architecture and product photography due to their high resolution and high degree of perspective control. The Sinar F2 is an ‘improved’ version of the Sinar F1. Originally I was going to buy a cheaper Sinar F but my reading suggested I should pay a bit more and get an F2 so I did.
My Schneider Symmar-S 180mm f4.5 lens is already on a Sinar F lens board so I bought a camera without a lens. To get the maximum benefit from perspective control I also bought a 90mm f4.5 Rodenstock Grandagon lens with a Copal 1 shutter for a wide angle lens option.
90mm f4.5 Rodenstock Grandagon
Sample images using the Sinar F2 to come in 2015.
*The Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm f2.5 lens has been modified to fit the Speed Graphic so I will keep that as one setup then use the Symmar-S 180mm and Rodenstock 90mm on the Sinar F2. Exciting times ahead!
Medium Format Film Photography
Shot with my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II + Mamiya Sekor 180mm f4.5 lens
Taken in the sping but still catching up with scanning film negatives. Kodak Portra 800@400 pulled in devloping by the lab and scanning with Epson v600 then finished with PS Elements 6.
I love the Kodak Portra colour tones and the painterly feel of the OOF fence on the left of the photo. The Leica M9 is a fantastic camera but it can’t do this. I’m almost glad in a way as it means medium format film lives on and I will continue to use it.
Model Gina was freezing cold although in the photo the weather looks quite nice! Instructions for the shoot were – “Gina bring something warm”. Gina brought two summer dresses! 🙂
Ambient light only shot with the sun setting. We stopped the car and jumped out to get this image as the light was perfect.
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Original image shot with Mamiya RZ67 Pro II 6×7 medium format film camera, Kodak Portra 120 film and the Mamiya Sekor 180mm f4.5 lens. 6×6 crop.
A splash of colour
CZJ Sonnar 180mm f2.8 Portrait
I was using the Nikon D800 for most of the studio shoot with model Alex so I dug out my Carl Zeiss Jena (“CZJ”) Sonnar 180mm f2.8 lens to have a play with.
I bought the Sonnar originally to use on my ARAX-CM medium format 6×6 film camera. Due to the larger medium format film sensor the Sonnar 180mm is the equalent of approximately 92mm f1.4 on a 35mm camera so it can give some really nice shallow DOF shots.
Here are a few film samples – http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157632402457388/
I know it is known to be a nice lens for film but it just cannot compete with the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s in terms of resolution wide open or stopped down on the D800. The result of this effect has given this D800 photo a more vintage look straight from camera which is quite nice.
I plan to do some more 120 film photography with it when I get chance.
In terms of shallow DOF medium format film camera lenses the Contax 645 CZ Planar 80mm f2 equates to 46mm f1.2 in 35mm sensor terms and the Mamiya RZ67 110mm f2.8 Sekor lens is equal to 52mm f1.3.
If anyone wants to sell me their Konica Hexanon 60mm f1.2 for my Leica M9 I would be very grateful!