RICOH 500G

A lot can be said about a rangefinder camera. But most importantly, they produce sharp images. I love the idea of measuring the distance to create a photograph. Some people do not like this method of photography, but I believe it helps you to see your photograph better. I got my hands on a Ricoh 500G and fell for its distinctive look first, then it’s photographing potential second. At first hold, I really like how small the camera is. It fits nicely in your hand as I am not a camera strap person. I feel more comfortable holding my camera with the intention of using it, instead of having it around my neck or shoulder.

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Introduced by Ricoh in 1972, the 500G offers an aperture range from f2.8-f16. The shutter ranges from B, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500. I like the f2.8 range and feel it is good enough for the type of photographs I like to create. The functionality was pretty easy to use and since this was my first time using the camera, I found the camera to be pretty user friendly. The lens is a fixed-mount Rikenon 40mm. It is perfect for how I like to photograph.

I put a roll of TRI-X 400 in it and photographed nature. Trees, open space and black and white. A nice combination in my opinion.

FILM IS NOT DEAD.

As a photographer, you have probably seen and read this saying quite a bit. Film is not dead. Many blogs, articles and photographers use it to describe the cool factor of film photography. It is even a pretty popular hashtag on Instagram. But the fact is, film is not dead. It came close, but fought for it’s life. Digital still rules and probably always will. It is more convenient in the sense of creating images, the results are much quicker, and can even be less expensive. All great reasons to choose digital photography. But, if you really want to know about photography and the art of photography; Document in Analog Format. It will not only make you a better photographer, it will also teach you how in the process.

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#filmisnotdead

If you decide to follow us on our journey through documenting in Analog Format, we will be exploring all aspects of film photography such as film, processing, developing, darkroom, and working in the field.

So, yes, #film is not dead. It is in fact alive and well photographed.