Upload & Sell: On
Got the camera. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to load the film... I think I have it right. I tried to keep tension on it while spooling it by pressing my thumb on the film roll. I then held the lever taught while I closed the back. Similarly when I finished a roll I opened up the back and wasn't quite sure what to do. I just popped the roll out and pulled the little tab open and wound it around the spool. I must say medium format film doesn't inspire confidence. I kept wondering if light was somehow getting into the film. I'm taking it in to get it developed today, we'll see how it turns out.
I used film that expired in 2007, I am wondering how that is going to effect the results, I probably should have used a fresh roll for my initial testing, just to eliminate that variable.
Other impressions. The camera is a block of metal. I love it. Not a single electronic on the whole thing, my wife actually didn't believe me when I told her it doesn't use batteries. After a ran a roll through the camera just to test it's operation, she asked me if I was going to go hunt some wooly mammoth for dinner.
I ran out to the lake this morning to do some test shots. I really enjoyed the experience, it really frees you up to focus on the shot. I composed the shot, set the exposure, and focused. That's it. No mucking about with white balance, mirror lockup, auto modes, iso settings, focus modes, lens choice, focal length choice, etc.... Just spend the time finding a good composition, then push the button. Clink! Done. Next shot. Love it.
Assuming the image quality lives up to it's reputation, I think it's going to be a keeper.