I found my perfect Ski camera. It’s light, small and great for Landscapes oh by the way it’s a medium format 6×6 folding bellows camera from the 1950’s. Obviously! The camera takes 120 film and I was shooting Ilford FP4 Plus 125 to account for the brightness of the snow. The photos were taken in Borovets, Bulgaria ski resort in April 2019.
The slim profile is ideal for sitting under your jacket and simple controls mean you can use it with gloves on. There is a shutter speed that’s maximum 200 and aperture that’s f/4.5 to f/22. I used a Sunny 16 set it and forget it method meaning I only changed aperture when the clouds closed in and every exposure came out OK! The camera stops you from double exposing and there is a red window to view your shot number at the back.
The little view finder gives you a fairly accurate view of what will be in the shot but it is essentially just a hole with no focusing or information. This made it easy with goggles on and fun to use for big landscapes.
Zone focusing means that generally you are in for landscapes which suites me. Having set the camera to infinity at the start of the day it does a great job. When you do want to focus on something closer there is a scale which is in feet and can be used fairly easily as long as you are set to f/8 or above. The photo of my friend below seems OK enough to me.
The lens also provides a great creamy quality that screams film. While you won’t be catching any skiing action shots this camera provides character in spades (you can always take something else for the action shots).
All in all I love this camera. It’s compact, fun and takes great shots after a bit of practice! This camera has now been to the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco and hopefully will come on many more adventures with me as well!