Amateur Photographer

Chicago on my mind


What lunatic packs three different camera systems for a city shoot in Chicago? That was a question I asked myself as I packed and repacked my hand luggage. The bag of iron extended to two bags, to the dismay of my wife. ‘This is supposed to be a h-o-l-i-d-a-y' she reminded me, but I knew this was a photographic adventure that could lead me to new ground. I just had to try a multi-format approach to capture this remarkable city.

Over the past few years I drowned my film fears and returned to the medium I abandoned in 2006. I have to say the desperate years of 35mm Velvia guesswork, where all this landscape photography obsession began, were gladly buried with the arrival of a Canon EOS 5D. Fast forward nearly ten years later and I decided to make a personal statement against the army of spiral-eyed Photoshoppers I felt was now encircling the profession.

I threw myself in at the deep end and bought a large format camera (Chamonix 045F-1). I now have three Mamiya C series cameras (C3, C330f, C330s), a 1934 Rolleiflex Standard, a Mamiya 645 1000s and, most recently, a beloved Mamiya RZ67 Pro II. Not a 35mm camera in sight, but I was never happy with the quality. So the decision was made to include three camera systems.


System 1

State-of-the-art digital

My Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D would be with me, and the

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