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This is the last roll of film that I put through my Mamiya 7, which I've now sold. It took me 18 months to come to terms with letting go as for many years this was my daily companion and reliable work horse, a perfect exposure every time, the photographs always looked how I envisaged them. I very occasionally forgot to remove the lens cap, this being a rangefinder you don't see through the lens so I had to train myself to have a routine that involved instinctively going for the cap when I saw a picture.

I've never warmed to DSLRs, they just seem too heavy, too macho so I stuck with the Mamiya until I discovered Micro Four Thirds cameras. Suddenly shooting with 10 frames per film, sending away for processing, scanning and then dust removal seemed too much, especially for the blog, so the Mamiya got used less and less. 

I first made photographs on a digital camera in 1991 and used the very first version of Photoshop to rework the results, so I guess I was an early adopter. Over the years I switched and swapped between chemical and digital photography depending on the project or the desired outcomes, most recently more often than not reverting to the Mamiya. So I feel a bit exposed without my trusted image making machine but happy in the knowledge that somewhere in Germany there is a person called Anna looking through the same viewfinder making her own type of pictures with it.


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