Brendan Toews Photography: Blog http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Brendan Toews Photography brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:39:00 GMT Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:39:00 GMT http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u693179808-o616270110-50.jpg Brendan Toews Photography: Blog http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Christmas Print Sale http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/christmas-print-sale

This past year was a busy one for me.  I did a road trip from Ontario to Alberta and back again, got married, and spent seven weeks traveling around Japan.  These last few weeks have been a bit calmer, and I have started the long process of developing all of the film still left over from the summer, as well as nearly 40 rolls that were taken in Japan.  

Another change is that I have entirely gone back to shooting with film, and all of my regularly used cameras are now film, with the exception of a DSLR that I use for film scanning.  This has been a more time consuming change, since the rate that I am shooting film has gone up, and I am now developing all of my own film.  I have been quite happy with this change though, and prefer the more hands-on approach to making my photos.  

Over the next few weeks I will be getting a darkroom setup ready, and plan to spend the winter learning how to make handmade prints.  I also have plenty of new content planned for the blog, with photos from the Rocky Mountains, Japan, Ontario and more lined up for post over the next few months, as well as new camera overviews.  I will soon be making changes to the website in general, with a new layout and design to better show my current work.

Prior to all that, I am having a small print sale.  All of the images available are film photos, but for the time being they will be printed digitally.  The prints will be made by my preferred pro lab, using an Epson Stylus 9600 and Epson Premium Semimatte Photo Paper.

The prints are available in sizes of:

  • 8x10: $65
  • 11x14: $100
  • 16x20: $175

I am also offering one 6x6 medium format image in sizes of:

  • 20x20: $200
  • 30x30: $300

I will also be offering six print pairings at discounted prices:

  • two 8x10s: $100
  • two 11x14s: $175
  • two 16x20s: $325

All of the photos in this post are available for purchase.  If you are interested in making a purchase, please email me at: brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca.

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) brendan toews photography film print sale http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/christmas-print-sale Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:38:53 GMT
The Nikon F2 Overview http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-nikon-f2-overview

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/4

Many thanks to Peter from Foto Art in Owen Sound, who loaned me this Nikon F2 from his personal collection!

The Nikon F2 is one on the most celebrated SLRs of all time.  Manufactured from 1971-1980, it was Nikon's professional level SLR for close to a decade.  Featuring an all-metal body, the F2 had a reputation for its ruggedness and reliability in the field.  The F2 is the replacement for Nikon's original SLR, the F.  The F3 was added to the lineup in the early 80s, but due to being the last fully mechanical F camera, the F2 has remained popular for many years after its original production run.  The F2 is a full-system camera, meaning that the bodies are all modular, with lenses, viewfinders, focusing screens, grips and motor drives being fully interchangeable.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/4

The F2 is a manual-focus camera.  The body doesn't require batteries to function, though they are required to use the built-in light meter.  The F2 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000, up from 1/1000 in the original F, and faster than most cameras from that time.  The F2 also added a swing-open back to allow for easier film loading.

One of the main advantage of shooting with any Nikon film SLR is that you can share lenses between film and digital bodies, which can allow you to cut down on the amount of gear that you need to carry out into the field.  On top of being able to share lenses, you can also use modern Nikon lenses with the older cameras.  ​The F2 is capable of mounting all Nikon lenses to date, including the modern AI-S lenses.  Only the modern G and DX lenses will give you problems, due to a lack of aperture control in the former, and the latter not being designed for use on full-frame cameras.  You can also use Nikon-mount lenses from Zeiss, allowing you to take advantage of some of the best modern manual focus lenses while still shooting film.​

Nikon F2, Nikkor 50mm f/2, Fujicolor 200

​I enjoyed my time with the F2, but ultimately found it to be slightly large and heavy for my main use, which was landscape photography.  The F2 weighs around 840g, compared to just over 500g for my Leica M4-P or Olympus OM-1n.  In general I prefer smaller and lighter cameras for when I'm out hiking, or if I am carrying heavier gear I would prefer to be using a medium format camera to get more out of the extra weight.

If you would like a highly versatile, all-manual and mechanical SLR, the Nikon F2 is a good option.  You get your choice of a wide range of vintage and modern lenses, as well as a very durable camera body that is capable of taking the abuse of daily professional shooting.  For me, the main downsides of the F2 are the size and weight of the camera.  If you would like to take advantage of the lens lineup in a smaller body, and don't mind losing some of the system interchangeability and build quality, I would also look at an FE2, or an F100 if you would prefer a more modern camera body.

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Classic Cameras Film Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-nikon-f2-overview Sun, 06 Nov 2016 00:03:48 GMT
Cape May, NJ http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/cape-may-nj

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/2900 @ f/5.6

​Earlier this year, I took a weekend trip down to Cape May, New Jersey.  It was during the first week of May, and the area was busy with birders scouting out locations for the World Series of Birding, an annual birding competition and fundraising event for the NJ Audubon Society.  This was more of a birding trip than a photography trip, and we were up early everyday attempting to track down lifers and rarities.  We had a few successful mornings birding the southern end of the Cape, and I was able to add a few new species including Blue Grosbeak, Saltmarsh Sparrow and Least Tern.

​In addition to being one of the top birding locations on the east coast, Cape May is an area of historical significance.  The region was originally charted in the early 1600s, and the city was formed as the borough of Cape Island in 1846.  This makes Cape May the oldest seaside resort in the USA.  In 1878, there was a prolonged fire, which destroyed 30 blocks of the downtown area.  These buildings were rebuilt in the Victorian style, and through preservation efforts the city now has the second largest collection of Victorian style houses in America, after San Fransisco.

​We stayed in the nearby town of Wildwood, which has a more recent history compared to the historic centre of Cape May.  Wildwood was mainly built between the early 50s until the mid 70s.  The area is know for its many motels in the doo-wop style that was popular in the postwar era.  Pools, neon lights and plastic palm trees are all common sights.  In the mid 2000s, 50 motels were demolished to make space for new condo buildings.  The remaining buildings are now being protected by local preservation groups, and some of the motels are now being restored.  Wildwood is a popular summer beach destination, with the population rising to over 250,000 compared to just over 5000 in the offseason.

I was very happy to be back by the ocean for a few days.  Despite having never lived by the sea, I always find myself drawn back to it, and always feel reinvigorated when I get that first breath of salty air.

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/680 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/340 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/350 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/170 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/450 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/110 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/40 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/80 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/80 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/9

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/2200 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1200 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/75 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/110 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/1000 @ f/5

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/60 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/35 @ f/2

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/cape-may-nj Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:04:49 GMT
Florida Wildlife http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/florida-wildlife

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/5.6

At the start of the year, I decided that it was time to evaluate a few of my gear choices.  I realized that the only time that I had used my Canon 7D in the previous 6 months was to scan film.  On the other hand, I was using my film Leicas on a daily basis, and was constantly wishing that I had a similarly sized digital camera.  Since I was working at a camera store at the time, I had plenty of opportunities to test the current lineup of mirrorless cameras from all of the main manufacturers.  I had always been drawn to Fuji's camera and lens lineup, and being able to try them out in person confirmed that they were what I was looking for in an everyday camera that I could also use for serious work.  After a couple of weeks of indecision, I sold my 7D and bought a Fuji X-Pro1.  Since I now almost literally shoot with the X-Pro1 everyday, I'm happy with that decision.

This did leave me with a potential problem though.  The 7D was my main camera for wildlife, and once I decided to sell it, I would need to get used to my Canon 5D for this purpose.  The 5D is a camera with a full-frame sensor, which is normally an advantage to me, but in the case of wildlife, it meant that I no longer had the 1.6x crop factor of the 7D.  On top of this, I doubt anyone would claim that the 5D's autofocus speed was anywhere near as fast as the 7D's.

My first opportunity to test the 5D out as my main wildlife camera came when I visited Florida over the winter.  The crop factor wouldn't be a major problem; due to how tame the wildlife is in Florida, being too close is usually a more frequent problem.  I was a bit worried about the AF speed, since I do usually take a lot of birds in flight images while in Florida.

In the end, neither of the expected issues proved to be a major problem.  As expected, most of my subjects were close enough that I didn't need to worry about the loss of the crop factor, and to my surprise, the 5D didn't have any problems with keeping up with flying birds.  An added bonus of having the full frame sensor was that I was able to blue the backgrounds out a bit more than I would have been able to with the 7D, so it all worked out in the end!

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/4000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/5000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro, ISO 400, 1/8000 @ f/4

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/4000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/6400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/3200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Avian Brendan Toews Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/florida-wildlife Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:13:32 GMT
A Foggy Day in Fort Mac http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/a-foggy-day-in-fort-mac

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/250 @ f/8

​It was a cool, foggy morning out at one of my bird banding sites this morning.  It ended up being a slow morning for birds, so I set about photographing the site between checking the mist nets.  Due to limited packing space in my luggage for the flight out here, I wasn't able to bring any of my medium format film cameras with me.  Luckily for me, my X-Pro1 makes it easy to shoot in the 6x6 format, so I can continue to make square images while away from home!  

As the photos will show, we were working in a burn area today.  I am happy to report that in this location the forest is already quickly recovering, with a lot of new vegetation growth!

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/340 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/160 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/75 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/350 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/120 @ f/9

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/75 @ f/9

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1700 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/850 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/3200 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/680 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/600 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/200 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/600 @ f/8

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/a-foggy-day-in-fort-mac Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:59:02 GMT
Down to Florida, Pt 3 http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/down-to-florida-pt-3

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/2200 @ f/5.6

It has been a long spring and summer for me this year!  As I write this, I am out in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  I am doing bird banding work with the boreal MAPS project, and have been in Alberta since early June.  I have been quite busy with the field work portion of the job, and while I have had time to take photos, I am a bit behind on my editing and writing.  I had a few days off  due to being rained out, which gave me enough time to get the photos for this post ready!

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/750 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/900 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/680 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1800 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1500 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1500 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1800 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1800 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1900 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/220 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1100 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1200 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/60 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/340 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/8

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Avian Brendan Toews Photography Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/down-to-florida-pt-3 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:24:54 GMT
Down to Florida, Pt 2 http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/down-to-florida-pt-2 Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/70 @ f/8

​One of my favourite locations for birding and photography in Florida is Circle B Bar Reserve.  Located just outside of the city of Lakeland, Circle B has an abundance of wildlife.  Species such as Purple Galinule, Roseate Spoonbill and Black-bellied Whistling Duck can usually be found, and most of Florida's common wading species are present in good numbers.

In addition to wetlands, Circle B also has large stands of mature oak forest, which are excellent for landscape photography!

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/80 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/170 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/120 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/150 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/150 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/1000 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/6400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/35 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1100 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/320 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/450 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/340 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/350 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/750 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1900 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/950 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/850 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/25 @ f/2

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Avian Brendan Toews Photography Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/down-to-florida-pt-2 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:59:08 GMT
Down to Florida, Pt 1 http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/down-to-florida-pt-1

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/70 @ f/16

Last month, I spent ten days down in the Tampa area of Florida.  Like usual, I brought a selection of film cameras, but the digital gear ​that I brought for this trip was far from my normal selection.  Earlier in the year, I sold my Canon 7D and used the funds to purchase a Fuji X-Pro1 and a Fuji XF 35mm f/2 lens.  The Fuji is similar to a rangefinder camera, in that it has an optical viewfinder that allows you to see outside of the framelines, but unlike my film Leicas, it has an autofocus system.  The X-Pro1 is now my main camera for my digital personal work, and I ended up using it almost exclusively during this trip, not shooting a single frame of film during the 10 days.  Due to selling the 7D, the 5D became my camera for taking wildlife photos, which worked better than expected, but more to come on that in a later post...

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/170 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/60 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ f/2.8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 6400, 1/6 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/340 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/7.1

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/600 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/320 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/480 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/60 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/100 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/90 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/450 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/280 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/160 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/120 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Avian Brendan Toews Photography Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/down-to-florida-pt-1 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:18:16 GMT
Winter on the Bruce, Part 2 http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-on-the-bruce-part-2

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

On the following day, I went hiking in Bruce Peninsula National Park.  I started the day photographing the shoreline near Wiarton.  This delayed my arrival at the park, but produced the first photo in this post, so I think it was worth it!  It was nearing 11:00am by the time I started out around the Cyprus Lake loop.  I had a lot of ground to cover if I wanted to make my goal of hiking to Halfway Log Dump.  The trail was packed down up until the Grotto, but it seemed I was the only person who had the idea of hiking out towards Stormhaven since the last major snowfall, and my pace dropped once I had to make the trail myself.  On the upside, this meant that there were no tracks in the snow, allowing for more photo ops!  I made a number of stops along the way, often taking 20-30 minutes to get everything ready for specific shots.  I was close to 3:30pm by the time I arrived at Stormhaven.  I pushed on for another half hour, but decided to turn back at 4:00pm, as otherwise I would have been hiking out in the dark.  I'd estimate that I made it halfway between Stormhaven and Halfway Log Dump.  I'll just have to make another attempt to get there next time!

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 4 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 2.5 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 2 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 5 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-on-the-bruce-part-2 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:00:25 GMT
Winter on the Bruce, Part 1 http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-on-the-bruce-part-1

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

I made the drive up to the Bruce Peninsula earlier today!  My first stop was in Kincardine.  I was up birding in the Kincardine area at the beginning of the month, and the shoreline has really changed since then!  The snow drifts along the beach are now taller than my car, and a long stretch of ice has formed along the lakeshore.  The marina proved to be a productive location, with a pier allowing me to get to the edge of the ice.  As you can see in the photo above, there were plenty of large ice drifts floating at the edge of the frozen shoreline!

All of the gear that I have with me for this trip is largely untested, having acquired most of it within the last few weeks.  I have a Bronica SQ-A, a medium format SLR, with 3 backs (two 120 6x6 and one 6x4.5) and 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lenses.  I also have a recently acquired Nikon FM (surprisingly the first Nikon I've ever owned), and a borrowed Nikon D610.  I have been mostly using the 50mm f/1.8 Series-E lens that came with the FM on the D610.  This is an interesting experience, since it is a manual focus lens, on a camera that has no manual focusing aids.  But this isn't really a problem, since most of the things I'm targeting for this trip aren't moving, and I am mostly shooting on a tripod.

I'll be heading up for a long hike in Bruce Peninsula National Park tomorrow, aiming to walk from Cyprus Lake to Halfway Log Dump, and back again!

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 200, 1/640 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/50 @ f/8

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/80 @ f/11

iPhone 5S

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-on-the-bruce-part-1 Sun, 24 Jan 2016 02:22:58 GMT
A Walk in the Arboretum http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-walk-in-the-arboretum

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Well it's been a few months since my last post.  I was really busy with work over the holidays, but I have a bit more time to catch up on editing now that we're in January.  I've been out shooting regularly over the last few weeks, but have been almost exclusively shooting film for the last two months.  Later this week, I will have all of the required equipment to develop my own film, and with a dozen or so rolls waiting to be processed, I'll have plenty of film work to show in the near future!

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/100 @ f/4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/2.8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/1700 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/2900 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/220 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/140 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/200 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/200 @ f/2.8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/3800 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/1600 @ f/2

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-walk-in-the-arboretum Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:40:26 GMT
A Few Months in Guelph http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/a-few-months-in-guelph

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ f/1.4

After another long break between posts, I'm back with some new photos!  Fortunately, my delay in posting hasn't been due to a lack of getting out to take photos.  Quite to the contrary, since moving down to Guelph in early September I have been out shooting on a daily basis.  I am still shooting a mix of digital and film, but this post will include only the digital work.  I had my film developed at a new local lab, since it wasn't feasible to use my regular lab in Ottawa.  This proved to be an unusually long process.  Due to a mix-up with the postal system, it took an amazing six weeks for my negatives to be returned to me!  I finally received them last week, and have just started scanning and editing them over the last few days.  My next post will be a mix of film and digital, and then I will have a third post of entirely film work.

Guelph has been an enjoyable town so far.  I'm living in a quiet old neighbourhood, but the bustle of downtown is only a short five minute walk away.  I am also close to the Downtown Trail, which runs for 3.6kms along the Speed River.  Guelph has plenty of parks and other greenspace that can easily be reached by bike.  The downtown area has an interesting mix of heritage buildings and modern architecture.  The university campus has a similar mix of architectural styles, and plenty of interesting areas to photograph, including an adjacent arboretum, which will be the subject of my next post...

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/11

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/11

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/11

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/11

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/20 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/90 @ f/4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/1500 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/100 @ f/2.8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/350 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/480 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/120 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/45 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/75 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/320 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/220 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/1.4

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/a-few-months-in-guelph Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:56:17 GMT
Maui on Film Part III http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/maui-on-film-part-iii

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/8

After a long hiatus, I am back to blogging!  Between birding and banding, my spring was quite busy, and a large part of the summer has been spent planning an imminent move to southwestern Ontario.  I continued to regularly take photos through all of this, but I have fallen a bit behind on my editing.  I had some free time over the weekend, and used it to edit the results from the final roll of film from my Maui trip.

I will continue to post more regularly from now on!  I have 3 camera overviews planned, as well as a mix of digital and film photos from the winter and spring!

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/30 @ f/4

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/60 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Yashica Mat 124G, Fuji Velvia 50, 1/125 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Film Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/maui-on-film-part-iii Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:35:59 GMT
Maui on Film, Part II http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/maui-on-film-part-ii Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Continuing with my Hawaiian film photos, here is a series of photos that were largely taken on the NW side of Maui.  This region is largely treeless along the coast, with many rolling grassy hills.  It is an area that tends to be one of the windiest areas of the island, and the gusts were strong enough to hinder me while out hiking the coastal trails.  As with both of the coastal loop highways on Maui, the road that circles the NW coast eventually has long stretches where the road effectively becomes one-way, but still has two-way traffic.  Add the fact that the road is right beside a long drop to the ocean with limited guard rails, and the drive can be a bit tense at times!  I was a bit surprised to see large numbers of cyclists out as well, apparently unconcerned about the numerous blind corners that they need to face along the route.

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/16

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/5.6

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Film Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/maui-on-film-part-ii Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:02:39 GMT
The Mamiya RB67 Overview http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-mamiya-rb67-overview A Mamiya RB67 in the field.

Last fall I had the opportunity to have a Mamiya RB67 on a long-term loan.  Many thanks to Peter from Foto Art in Owen Sound, who loaned me this camera from his personal collection!  As I've mentioned before, I always use Foto Art when buying new digital gear, and they have an expansive film camera collection that you are free to browse in the store.  If you are in the Bruce Peninsula area, I highly recommend checking them out!

The Mamiya RB67 is a medium format SLR film camera.  As the name suggests, it takes 6x7 negatives using 120 film.  The 6x7 negative is often described as and ideal size for enlargement, as it can be perfectly enlarged to an 8x10, and is the same dimensions of most magazine covers.  That made the RB67 a popular camera for portrait, fashion and landscape photographers in particular, who were often looking for a larger format than 35mm, but still something more convenient (and less expensive) than large format film.

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 90mm f/3.8, Ilford XP2, 1/2 @ f/32

The RB67 was released in 1970, and was replaced with the RB67 Pro-S in 1974.  The Pro-S was eventually replaced with the Pro-SD in 1990, which continued production into the early 2000s.  The RB67 is a modular camera, which means that the lenses, viewfinders, ground glass and film backs are all interchangeable.  You can change between waist-level finders and prism finders, and have multiple types of film in different backs, allowing you to swap mid-roll (more on this later).

A fully disassembled RB67, showing the body with ground glass installed, two backs, three lenses, a cable release and a waist-level viewfinder.

The RB in RB67 stands for "Revolving Back", which is one of the RB67's most useful features.  It allows you to rotate the film back, letting you change between horizontal and vertical compositions without having to physically turn the camera.  The ground glass has masked lines to show where the composition will end depending on what orientation you have the back in at any time.  Not having to remove the camera from a tripod to change between vertical and horizontal compositions is very helpful, and the RB67 (and the similar RZ67) are the only medium format cameras that I'm aware of that offer rotating backs.

​Looking through the RB67's viewfinder.

The ability to have interchangeable film backs means you can change film mid-roll, allowing you to swap between B&W, colour negative or slide film at any time.  This also allows for you to change to a faster or slower film for changing lighting conditions.  The backs have a dark slide, which prevents light from hitting the film when the back is removed.  The dark slide also prevents the shutter from firing if the slide hasn't been removed, and the back can not be removed* from the camera unless the slide is properly in the back (*it's technically possible to remove the back with the slide removed, in the event that the back gets jammed on the camera you can override the dark slide lock, but this isn't something that you would be able to do by accident).  

The RB67 is an SLR camera, so what you see in the viewfinder is what the lens will see.  The RB67 is similar to many modular medium format SLRs in that while the mirror is in the camera body, the shutter is in the lens.  This is very convenient for taking long exposures.  The RB67 is a large camera, and as such, it has a large mirror which makes a fairly noticeable vibration when you take a photo.  Using the mirror lock-up feature with a cable release allows you to lock the mirror up before taking the photo.  The lens contains a leaf shutter, which is very quiet and shows no noticeable movement when fired, allowing you to easily take long exposures.  I experimented with a number of 2-3 minutes exposures with good results!

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 90mm f/3.8, Ilford XP2, 55s @ f/16

Due to having a much larger negative, 6x7 cameras show much shallower depth of field compared to 35mm cameras at the same aperture.  I would guess that it is close to a two stop difference.  This means a shot at f/16 like the one above looks like a 35mm photo taken at f/8.  This also means that while the lenses have the characteristics of their focal length, they give the look of a shorter lens.  A 50mm lens on a 6x7 camera gives a similar look to a 24mm lens on a 35mm camera, and a 90mm lens gives a similar look to a ~40mm lens.

I find that along with the additional detail you get over 35mm with a medium format negative, you also get additional dynamic range.  The above photo required no filters, despite there being a difference of around 6-7 stops between the shadows of the rock and the bright sky.

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 50mm f/4.5, Ilford XP2, 1/8 @ f/25

​The shutter speed and aperture controls are both located on the lens.  The fastest speed is 1/400, and they go down to 2 seconds, in addition to bulb.  The films is advanced separately from the body, with a lever on the film back.  There is a lock that prevents the film from accidentally being advanced.  Since you can advance the body without advancing the film, this also allows you to easily take multi-exposure images, although this is something that I didn't experiment with.

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 90mm f/3.8, Ilford XP2, 1/250 @ f/25

When using 120 film with the RB67, you get 10 photos per roll (compared to 12 with 6x6 and 16 with 6x4.5).  In the addition to the camera's large size making it best used on a tripod, I found that this really slowed me down when taking photos.  I usually spent 10-15 minutes composing and metering every scene, to ensure that everything was as I wanted.  Composing with a waist level finder that you can see more than what you will get on the final image was a challenge for me at first, but over time I got used to it, and could appreciate the similarities to my rangefinders in this sense.

Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 90mm f/3.8, Ilford XP2, 1/125 @ f/22

Due to it's popularity and the fact that it was still recently in production, used RB67s are readily available in good condition at reasonable prices.  An original RB67 body, waist-level finder, 120 back and a 90mm f/3.8 lens can be had for under $300, providing an excellent way into medium format film photography!

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Classic Cameras Film Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-mamiya-rb67-overview Sun, 08 Feb 2015 00:20:19 GMT
Maui on Film! http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/maui-on-film Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

In late November and early December, I spent two weeks on Maui, Hawaii.  The travel days were long (over 24 hours between departure and arrival in both cases), but the trip was well worth it!  Maui is a very diverse location, with rain and cloud forests, barren volcanic craters, grasslands, beaches and desert-like areas all within a short drive of each other!  This provided many interesting landscape photography opportunities.  I used a mix of 35mm and 120 film, as well as digital to photograph the island, and I will be posting some of the film results first.  

In an attempt to reduce the amount of X-ray exposure to my film, I decided to attempt to get most of my film upon arrival in Maui.  This proved to be more challenging than expected, as the only chain of camera stores on the island didn't have any film in stock.  I was able to find a store that had Fujicolor 200 on sale for just over $1/roll, so I bought 8 rolls, as well as having a roll of Velvia 50 already in my Yashica Mat 124G.  As the name suggests, Fujicolor 200 is a colour film, but I mostly shot it with the intention of converting to B&W upon returning home.

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/16

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/5.6

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/1000 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Fujicolor 200, 1/1000 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Polarizing Filter, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Polarizing Filter, Fujicolor 200, 1/250 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Fujicolor 200, 1/500 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Film Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/maui-on-film Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:03:51 GMT
Birding in Algonquin http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/birding-in-algonquin Canon 7D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 800, 1/100 @ f/5.6

I made my first visit of the year to Algonquin Provincial Park yesterday!  I spent most of the time working on a landscape photography project, but I also spent some time birding as well.  Despite visiting Algonquin fairly regularly, this was only the second time I've seen Boreal Chickadees in the park.  There were three tame individuals, which made periodic appearances for close to an hour!

I haven't been posting many bird photos lately, but that will soon change as I will be editing all of my Florida and Hawaii bird photos shortly!  I will have Hawaii film shots up in the next couple of days as well!

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Avian Brendan Toews Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/birding-in-algonquin Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:27:22 GMT
Way Back Home http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/way-back-home Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

After around 5 weeks of traveling, I'm back in Ontario for the long term again!  I spent a week in North Carolina, two weeks in Florida and 2 weeks in Hawaii, and have quite a few photos to edit as a result!  I'm just getting started with the digital photos, and I have 8 rolls of film at the lab right now as well.  Before I start sharing travel photos, I thought I'd make a post with some older film shots, taken over the last 2-3 months.

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/125 @ f/4

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 40s @ f/11

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 70s @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/500 @ f/11

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/250 @ f/4

Leica M3, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Arista Premium 400, 1/1000 @ f/2

Leica M4-P, Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar, Arista Premium 400, 1/60 @ f/5.6

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Film Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/way-back-home Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:12:41 GMT
The Leica M Typ 240 Overview http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/the-leica-m-typ-240-overview Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/60 @ f/5.6

In late August of this year, Leica Canada generously loaned me a Leica M Typ 240 for a couple of weeks.  This was was a perfect amount of time for me to get accustomed to the camera, and it also allowed me to shoot a number of different subjects, including a large amount of street and landscape work.  To put things in perspective, I shot just over 3000 images in the two weeks that I had the camera!  After a few months to reflect on my time with the camera, and the photos that I captured with it, I'm finally ready to share my thoughts.

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/8

I should preface this by saying that while I'm familiar with the M system (I own an M3 and M4-P), this was my first time using a digital M for an extended period of time.  Naturally there are comparisons to be made between the M 240 and the older M9/M-E, as well as film Ms, but due to my limited experience with other digital Ms, I will aim to focus more on my impressions of the M 240, rather than how it compares to previous digital Ms.  

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/5.6

The first thing that you notice when you hold the M 240 is the build quality.  I have often thought that Ms are the perfect size and weight for a carry everywhere camera.  They're somewhat in the middle as far as size goes, in between P&S cameras and DSLRs.  The weight is noticeable when you pick the camera up (in fact, it's almost always the first thing people comment on when I hand a film M to them), but I find the weight to be reassuring, as it gives the feeling of solid build-quality.  The body itself is slightly larger than the M9's, but it is something that most people will quickly forget after using the camera.  The body has a small, new thumb rest on the back of the camera, which slightly covers the rear dial.  I found with a strap attached to the camera, this gave a firm enough grip that I wouldn't need to buy an additional thumb grip, something that was not the case with an M9.

​The M follows a similar design to previous Ms (with the exception of the larger M5), but there are a number of small differences when compared to the M9.  The first and most noticeable is the lack of a frameline illumination window.  The M 240 has LED illuminated framelines, similar to the ones found in the limited edition M9 Titanium.  I really liked the LED illumination, which can be configured to show either red or white framelines.  Due to not relying on outside light sources, the framelines are always easily visible.  The framelines automatically brighten or dim depending on if you're looking at a bright or dark scene.

​The frameline preview lever has also been removed.  Since I only had one lens during my time with the M 240, this wasn't a problem, although now that I own 35mm and 50mm lenses, I find that I regularly use the preview lever on my M4-P.  

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/2.8

The M 240's 3" LCD screen is an improvement over the M9's 2.5" screen.  I found it much easier to view in contrasty light conditions, and it allows for more accurate viewing of exposure and detail.

Two other major changes introduced with the M 240 are the additions of live-view and video.  I don't have much experience with video, so I won't comment on that.  I did use live-view on a regular basis, especially when taking landscape photos.  Due to rangefinders using a window viewfinder, rather than a TTL viewfinder, using filters (and especially GND filters) requires a bit of guessing with my film Ms.  This was much easier with the M 240, allowing for precise filter placement, and exposure through live-view.  Focus-peaking is available through live-view, although I mostly focused using the OVF, before activating live-view.

The M 240 also has the ability to use an attachable electronic viewfinder.  I didn't have a chance to use the EVF, but I can see similar advantages to live-view when taking landscape photos.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 800, 1/80 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 200, 1/250 @ f/8

The M 240 is capable of shooting at 4fps, which is double the M9's 2fps.  I typically used the camera in single shot mode, and just repeatedly pressed the shutter release when I wanted to take multiple photos.  I found this allowed for better control over exactly when I wanted the photo to be taken.  The shutter release has been greatly improved with the M 240.  The shutter sound is much quieter when compared to the M8 and M9, and the feel of the shutter is very smooth, with a noticeable break between a half press, which locks the exposure settings, and a full press, which takes the photo.

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/2.8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/4

Like all Leica Ms, the M 240 has a shutter speed dial on top of the camera.  It allows you to select shutter speeds in 1-stop increments between 8s and 1/4000, or you can select the A mode, which places the camera in aperture priority mode.  The aperture is manually selected on the lens, in the same way that you would with a film M.

The M 240 is a manual focus only camera.  While a manual focus digital camera might seem odd to some, in my experience rangefinder focusing is quite easy once you get used to it.  For an explanation on how rangefinder focusing works (with photo examples), see my M3 overview.  In the 3000+ photos that I took with the M 240, there were probably less than a dozen out of focus photos.  

Because the M 240 uses the standard M mount, you can use the majority of Leica lenses from the past 60 years, or even older if you own a LTM-M adapter, allowing you to use screw-mount lenses.  You can also use Leica R (Leica's SLR system) lenses with the proper adaptor, although you will need to use live-view or the EVF for accurate focusing, due to the lenses not being rangefinder-coupled.

Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 3200, 1/30 @ f/5.6

​The M 240 uses a newly designed 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, which is a fairly major change from the M8's and M9's CCD sensors.  The new CMOS sensor allows for the M 240 to have much better high ISO performance compared to the M9.  Noise is well controlled up to ISO 3200, and with minimal processing ISO 6400 is usable as well.  There is a somewhat noticeable drop in dynamic range past ISO 3200, although in most cases where I'm shooting past ISO 3200 I'm aiming for a contrasty photo, so I could almost see that as a positive.

The sensor doesn't have built-in dust removal.  This is also the case with my Canon 5D (and film!), and cloning dust ends up being rather time consuming, especially when shooting landscapes at small apertures.  You can manually clean the sensor, and in my experience this has to be done on a daily basis to be effective.  A "dry" cleaning only takes about 20-30 seconds to complete, so it's not that big of an inconvenience.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/16

The M 240 also has a newly designed menu system.  The menu is categorized into 3 sections, and it is easy to navigate.  There is also a new Set button which allows you to quickly change frequently used settings without having to go through the menus.  The only setting that I regularly changed within the menu was the ISO, which also has its own dedicated button, allowing for quick changes while shooting.

Battery life has been improved over the M9.  I typically got 8-10 hours of shooting out of a charge, although that was typically with minimal live-view or video usage.

Canon 7D, Canon 17-40mm f/4L, ISO 400, 1/40 @ f/4

I really enjoyed my time with the M 240!  It felt like a modern version of my film Ms, which are my favourite cameras for shooting the majority of my current work.  The only thing holding me back from buying a digital M is the cost.  The M 240 currently sells for around $7200, and while this is comparable to the price of Canon and Nikon's top pro bodies, it is still out of my budget at the moment!  

The M 240 is an excellent choice for street photographers, photojournalists, portrait photographers and landscape photographers who are looking for a small and light setup with some of the best lenses available.  The 24 megapixel sensor offers excellent resolution and dynamic range.  The camera itself is small and discrete, with a much improved shutter sound, and the EVF and live-view are excellent additions, especially for landscape shooters who frequently use filters.  

Since the M 240 was loaned to me, Leica has released a slightly updated version of the camera, called the M-P.  The M-P removes the red-dot, and they've added additional RAM to increase processing speed (something that I never had problems with).  I prefer the sleek, minimalistic look of the M-P, and it would likely be my first choice between the 2 bodies!

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/4

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/1500 @ f/2.8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/350 @ f/16

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/90 @ f/16

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/11

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 1600, 1/350 @ f/8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/750 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/60 @ f/11

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/5.6

Leica M Typ 240, Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Cokin 3-stop GND Filter, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/11

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Gear Landscape Street Photography http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/the-leica-m-typ-240-overview Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:54:25 GMT
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Part I http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/the-blue-ridge-mountains-part-i Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 200, 1/200 @ f/8

I arrived in Florida last night!  The drive down was a lot of fun, and I spent two days photographing the Blue Ridge Parkway on the way down.  The parkway had amazing scenery, and the fall colours were still very noticeable, with the oaks being close to peak colour!  I took around 250 digital photos, and I also shot two rolls of film.  I mostly shot with telephoto lenses, using my 150 and 400mm lenses on my 5D for the majority of the time.  I also shot with a 35 and 50 with my rangefinders, as well as a few 50mm digital photos, mostly for colour.

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 100, 1/125 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 200, 1/400 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 200, 1/250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 100, 1/250 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 200, 1/640 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS Macro, ISO 200, 1/500 @ f/5.6

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brendantoewsphotography@ncf.ca (Brendan Toews Photography) Brendan Toews Photography Landscape http://btoewsphotos.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/the-blue-ridge-mountains-part-i Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:29:45 GMT