You should take the butterflies to America's Got Talent.
Thanks for posting
A very common view in the Atlanta, Ga. area.
Airwolf - not sure what part of Atlanta you live in but alligators are not a common site in Atlanta Ga
I have pulled a Bushtec trailer for many years - often with a Mamiya RB67 system & tripod mixed in with camping gear.
Not cheap but they pull well and it's easy to forget that it's there
Dean - I have lived in the Metro Atl. area for 60 years and have driven by that "eyesore" thousands of times.
Thank you for taking the time to see the art and bring it to our attention - I will never pass by there without seeing from a new perspective.
coming up on retirement and, while we are in good shape, I'm not all that "well heeled" money's gotta last 25 years or more (assuming the wife doesn't do me in)
Thanks to one and all for the information and suggestions about digital backs for the RB67.
As I stated in my post I am quite ignorant about these product and the information you folks have provided is extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.
First - I was surprised to learn that the sensor isn't nearly as large as I imagined (yep - thought it would be full format - told ya I'm ignorant), nor did I know that the ISO is as limited as it seems to be.
I started shooting a little bit of commercial work (very little) after graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta but could never let go of my "real job" selling building materials.
I started shoot the RB67 in 1995 - shot about 5 weddings with it, and came to the conclusion that I don't like shooting weddings (well except the ones for my wife's youngest sister, and later my brothers wedding).
I used it to shoot product for a couple of very small clients (although the Horseman 4x5 was much better suited) and later turned to using it for landscapes during travels with my wife ( she has the patience to sit and be at peace with the world whilst I attempt to be artistic)
'round about 1999 -2001 I sold my Horseman and my dark room equipment but kept the RB67 and a Mamiya 645.
I bought into the trend that said "film is dead" went digital - first with a Canon EOS Rebel and I liked it well enough but there just wasn't enough resolution for my taste -later I turned to a Canon 50D and then added a 6D - along with a pretty good selection lenses.
While I like my Canons I still long for the days of clamping the RB67 to a really good Bogen tripod and really framing the shot - there is something carthatic about the process that using a SLR digital just doesn't seem to offer - but that's just me.
Having said that I have produced some very good photos with both of Canons and I think that I need to concentrate on using the tools that I have.
So I will continue to use the Canons (try to remember the tripod -it actually slows me down - makes me think) and just might get around to shooting film in both of my medium formats.
Thank you all for your advice and comments - you have been most helpful in this matter.
Help - as I get closer to retirement and look to my photography I would really like to get out the RB67ProS and shoot with it.
I have had pretty good results scanning negatives & transparencies but I am interested (I think) in a digital back.
I have NO IDEA where to start or even if it makes sense.
Any thoughts about this would be greatly appreciated.
Rifles, Shotguns & handguns - shoot them all - some better than others - but don't get to my club range as often as I would like - 4-5 times a year but that will change when I retire in Sept - Oct. and have more time to shoot & reload.
Shot action pistol for 6 or 7 years but "life" got in the way and had to step down as Range Master.
Porpise Bay, Maine, Oct. 1997
Mamiya RB67 ProS, Fuji Velvia
Thank you all for your input. I am leaning toward the p800 but will not purchase before the end of the year.
Also the advice to print at least one 8x10 per week is spot on - took forever to get the 2200 printing right recently.
Had to run the head cleaner 6-8 times to get it running smoothly - prints now look good.
Again - thank you all for your input and advice - now I gotta figure out monitor calibration software.
I am coming up to retirement in Sep. 2018 and am eager to get back to my photography. I am currently using an old Epson 2200 and have had good results with it but it is getting "old" having been purchased around 2010.
I am considering an upgrade with the thought in mind of trying to market my photos at craft shows and some local artistic shops in and around the Atlanta, Ga. area.
With that in mind I am considering a new printer and I am considering the Epson P600 or the P800 and wonder if anyone has some experience with either that you might share. I am looking to print up to 13 x 19 borderless.
I shoot mainly nature & scenic photos.
Any other suggestions would be welcome as well.
Thanks to all for the quick replies.
After reading your thoughts I am beginning to realize that shooting film and trying to digitize the process isn't going to work.
Bill D. reminded me that shooting film really calls for a dark room to carry out the full process.
Sadly I sold off my dark room equipment about 3 years ago (Omega D5, dichro and condenser heads, and 3 lenses) and no longer have a good place to set up again.
Nostalgia can be hard to kick.
I know that there has been some discussion on this topic before but here goes:
I have an RB 67 ProS system and a Mamiya 645 and I have just about decided to take them to KEH and take what I can get but with the current chatter about Ektachrome coming back I am now more confused than ever.
My intent would be to shot film and scan the transparencies.
I have had some good results scanning my older images -both transparencies and negatives.
I would appreciate any input to help me decide.
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