Sam Schmieg with the Contax G2

When looking to level up my assortment of film cameras, it seems all roads lead back to the Contax G2. Although my proclivity to rangefinders typically pushes me to more manual systems, I was pumped to give the G2’s infamous auto-focus/exposure a try through Film Objektiv.

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Adam Ottke
Katie Golobic with the Hasselblad 500CM

I recently got bit by the film photography bug and acquired a Pentax 645n (among some other 35mm film cameras) earlier this year. Given medium format’s stunning picture quality, I was curious to try some different formats and found Film Objektiv’s offering of a Hasselblad 500CM a must-try.

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Adam Ottke
Sam Schmieg with the Hasselblad XPAN

When I first heard Hasselblad made a 35mm camera, I knew I had to try it out. But to be honest, the panorama freaked me out — how can you compose a sound image in such a large frame? The weeks I had it were reminiscent of when I first started shooting wide-angle on a 6x7: a new ratio made me reevaluate how to captivate with all the space you are given.

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Adam Ottke
Frankie Perez with the Contax TVS II

The beauty of behind-the-scenes photography within the context of a fashion show is that it allows an all-access pass to the viewer. After experiencing the dynamic, fantastic and/or glamorous worlds, and collections created by the designer on the runway, you can take a deep dive into the world of a creative.

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Adam Ottke
Michaela Quan with the Mamiya 7 II

I took the Mamiya 7 II with me on my trip to see friends in Seattle last month. This was my second time shooting medium format. The first time was pretty discouraging because I had only taken one photo before I accidentally locked up the mirror (I thought for sure I broke the camera).

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Adam Ottke
Worth Goddard with the Mamiya C330

At the end of June, my wife and I were to make a road trip from our current home state of Wisconsin out to Wyoming, visiting Badlands National Park on the way. Our ultimate destination was Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks, where we spent the weekend camping.

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Adam Ottke
Honda Wang with the Pentax 67

The earliest memories I have of Beijing and my grandparents were captured on film. The prints were kept at home in a scrapbook; the negatives in a drawer. Their physical permanence somehow made those recollections more real and tangible.

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Adam Ottke
Olivia Rae James with the Contax G2

As a self-taught professional photographer who grew up in the era of digital cameras, the technical side of photography is not my forte. And although film is completely foreign to me, I’ve always loved the look of it and aimed for film-like imperfections in my digital photos. But the fact that I have no experience with actual film makes me feel like a bit of a fraud!

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Adam Ottke
Drew Ruggles with the Mamiya 7 II

With a trip to Cuba quickly approaching and recently stumbling upon Film Objektiv, I knew I’d be leaving my DSLR behind and shooting this project solely on film. Photographing a city frozen in time like Havana on a sterile digital seemed so wrong.

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Adam Ottke
John Fabrizio with the
Contax G2

Believe it or not, the Contax G2 is the first film camera I’ve used with autofocus. Everything else in my camera bag is manual focus. My trusty Nikon F3, my Pentax 6x7… everything. In fact, until my time recently spent with the Contax G2, I had never used a camera with any automation past aperture priority. Chalk it up to stubbornness? A fear of automation? I’m not sure. All I’m sure of now is that I am in love with the G2.

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Lance Nicoll with the
Mamiya RZ67

Film Objektiv helped me return to the place where it all started for me with photography: film. As a destination wedding photographer for the past five years, I have been a big proponent of precision and have been dedicated to digital photography. The beauty and the experience of film photography was something that I missed, but the hurdle of the investment of getting into medium format film kept me away from the medium. Renting from Film Objektiv removed that hurdle by allowing me to rent. Moreover, the owner, Adam, was very patient and helpful in answering my questions leading into my first rental.

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Phillip Tang with the
Pentax 67 Kit

The biggest thing that turned me off to medium format was being limited to ten frames. I had thought that ten frames was almost nothing. I could go through ten frames in less than five minutes if I wanted to. Although transitioning to film had already taught me to be more selective when shooting, I didn't want to be limited to that extent when shooting. So I was shocked when I started using the Pentax 67 and I was actually struggling to finish a roll.

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