What Even Is 120?

It's big. It's detailed. I love it!

I recently picked up 15 rolls of 120 film for $30. Unexpired and some amazing film stock. Ten rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400 and five of Kodak Portra 400. I don't own a medium format camera but couldn't pass up this killer deal. Through the power of social media, I was able to acquire (on loan) a Mamiya m645 1000s with 80mm lens. In. LOVE!

After cleaning the camera thoroughly and hooking up a battery, away I went to shooting. The focus is a bit odd as in you have to eyeball it. I missed out on a couple properly focused portraits but 90% of everything worked out just dreamy. As you can see in the second image, there is a slight light leak that only effected two of the 30 frames I shot. Here are some of my top shots with Ms. Mattea Swegles.  

P.S. I've been a 35mm shooter for years. To shoot medium format in 6x4.5 is mesmerizing. The detail is out of this world.

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  • Mamiya m645 1000s
  • Mamiya 80mm f/2.8
  • Kodak Tri-X 400
  • Processed by Archival Dev