Rupert Barker Photographer | Belated Christmas & Birthday Gift to me!

Belated Christmas & Birthday Gift to me!

January 30, 2015  •  2 Comments

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For those of you who don't know or can't read whats written on the camera is a Mamiya RB67, a gift I have bought myself for a joint Birthday/Christmas present. She (definitely a girl!) is a pro S and was made between 1974 and 1990 (not searched her family history yet) and is completely manual, as in everything is mechanical and adjusted by hand, there is not a single battery involved!

I have bought her for 3 reasons really. Firstly she has the same initials as me, secondly I just love the engineering and design wonderment of being able to see every bit move as you make an adjustment and finally, as much as anyone else have become a slight victim of the overshooting curse of digital. This is not me saying I won't take as many photographs as I have done, if anything I will probably take more, but I want to reinforce the disciplines of patience, consideration and restraint. This applies more to my personal work than commissions but there is less of a distinct line between those two these days, it can be all too easy to fill several 4GB memory cards (about 130 frames on a Canon 5D mk3) only to have to edit down the results once back in the studio. With medium format film it is over £2 each time you press the shutter, something that certainly focus the mind on the job at hand!!

I doubt I'll be shooting very many family portrait commissions with the RB67 but who knows I might fire of a few polaroids during a shoot as a rather unique memento of the wonder that is engineering and chemistry  is this digital age. 

n.b. I feel a sense of irony that I took these images with my iPhone! Image-making is image-making in the end!


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Rupert Barker Photographer
Thanks Mark, yes they are just nice things to hold and operate, going to get out and shoot some polaroid soon, yes film is rather an expense but a) worth it and b) good discipline!! Talk soon.
Mark Sherratt(non-registered)
Amazing, can't beat an RZ/RB. Still love to shoot on mine. Shooting film is certainly the most fun, just wish it wasn't quite so expensive. Looking forward to seeing what you create with this beauty.
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