When the executives at Fuji killed off peel-apart film it was a sad day for analogue photography. I adored my Polaroid Land Camera 195 and the beautiful muted tones of FP100c. The magic that is instant photography just made it even more special. Since its demise I’ve not had a similar shooting experience, not until I got my hands on a Makina.
Like a Polaroid Land Camera you control shutter speed and the aperture via the lens mounted controls. Focus confirmation is via a range finder patch, with focus both being ascertained slightly differently with a wheel on the Makina and a lever on the Polaroid respectively. Both systems collapse/extend the bellows and thus adjust the focal distance accordingly.
The shots represented here are from the second roll of film I shot with the Makina. The first roll being a few images of friends to test the camera. The images displayed were taken on a recent visit to the Isle of Wight with my dog Dave. Dave is a little too energetic to capture with the Makina, which lead me to take photos of the beautiful island coastline. I found shooting 6×7 landscapes slightly odd. It’s not a format I’m naturally used to, which made me second guess my compositions. Somewhat compounded due to the fact I generally shoot portraits however I loved the fully manual process and getting used to the slightly unconventional focusing.
Looking back over the shots I envisage me shooting far less 35mm over the coming months. The camera is very compact especially for medium format when totally collapsed. The rendering, depth of field and detail medium format offers is really appealing. I can’t wait to start shooting portraiture and experimenting with the camera.
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