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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!

~John

  • Lindsey Swafford Bamber - November 22, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Love these! We are so blessed to live on this beautiful property. We have SO much to be thankful for!

  • Meredith Lewallen Roberts - November 27, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    I love this whole series… my favorite is the look that Lindsey is giving you in the third picture though… priceless! Miss you guys! We are going to come visit hopefully soon!

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