Episode 8 Lomography 100 & Shack Island

Island X Film Episode 7. Yashica Mat 124g & Kodak Ektar 100

Stepping from 35mm to medium format seems like a massive step up in quality. Since the growing popularity of film photography certain cameras have become the standard for quality and therefore sought after by film enthusiasts worldwide. One of those cameras has been the Rolleiflex. Out of reach for most of us the Rolleiflex has given birth to a myriad of “next best things”. The 124g and the Mamiya C330 are probably the two biggest standouts. Take a moment and watch my latest episode as I dive into one of my absolute favourite cameras.

Kodak Tri-X 400 & The Yashica Mat 124 G

Yashica Mat 124 G

Yashica Mat 124 G

           Shooting medium format film (120) is an incredible experience. Seeing the detail that is revealed from the larger negative is even better. Below is my first ever roll shot and developed with my new Yashica Mat and I will be giving a quick review of my experience with this classic TLR and Kodak's legendary emulsion. First of all here are a few thoughts that I have about the Yashica TLR. Composition within a 6x6 square frame takes some getting used to and requiresconsiderable thought when making it happen, not to mention the challenge of using the disorienting waist level view finder. The mechanics of this camera are incredible and the build quality is some of the best I have ever held. I have yet to see or handle a Rolleiflex but If is is better than the Yashica it must be amazing. As far as the optics go the lens stops down to a respectable 3.5 and is incredibly sharp as you can see by the images below. What more can be said other than it is a fun yet challenging camera to operate. There are many reviews of the Tri-X 400 film on the internet so I will just give my first impressions. The three Observations that I see with this film in 120 format is that it seems to be sharp and full of detail. The dynamic range of this black and white film also is truly amazing. I am always impressed at how a well exposed negative can outshine a digital file in the highlights almost all of the time. During this journey of shooting film I have been trying to discover the pro's and con's of both analog and digital image making. I thought initially that I would end up landing 100% in the film camp as I fell in love with the nostalgia of the cameras and the wonder of waiting to see your image, but now I can honestly say that there is definitely a place for all types of image making in my world.