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getting to know the Contax 645 and P65+ | gear

I’ve been enjoying shooting lots of film this fall. It makes me uneasy, though…the more film I shoot, the more I love it, but I’m growing a bit wary because of Kodak‘s bankruptcy and such. Thanks to Hollywood, film production hasn’t been shut down, though the prices are steadily rising.

In light of all of this, I decided to see what (my favorite film camera) the Contax 645 could do digitally. So, I swapped out the film back for a digital one, by Phase One. The awesome guys down in Atlanta at Capture Integration hooked me up with a rental for the weekend, and I put the unit through its paces! I chose the P65+ unit, because it is basically full-frame (therefore very comparable to the size of the film I shoot), and used it interchangeably with some Kodak Portra 400 for some side-by-side comparisons (stay tuned!!).

As soon as the unit arrived, I set out to familiarize myself with the unit, and all of its bells and whistles. Here are just some personal shots from my time “getting to know” the camera! I was very pleased with the film look it was able to produce, and rather impressed with the sensor+ technology, which uses pixel binning for more ISO sensitivity. ISO 1600 was even better than I had hoped for!

Molly the dog is a great subject…she’s the same color as a wedding dress (great for testing cameras!), and sits when I ask…doesn’t complain, or run off (unless there’s a squirrel!). Lola was also very helpful in the testing, as was Jack, though he’s quite  a bit more mobile, and difficult to catch! Thanks also to my lovely wife, Lindsey, who hates it when I’m testing cameras…I think I get rather annoying! haha!


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