I have just developed and scanned the Kodak Ektar 100 film I shot with the Gaoersi 617 panoramic camera during the video recording I did with my friend Jimmy Pats. The video can be seen on my previous post and was an effort to show the procedures involved in operating a 6×17 camera.
It would be great if we could go to a good location in order to combine the video recording with some beautiful images, but since we live in different cities and our time is limited we decided to shoot it on a nearby park. There was actually only one image I was interested in doing there, the rest of the shots were mostly experimental (a good chance to see how Ektar 100 is performing on a heavy overcast day).
The above images were part of this test, nothing really interesting. The 6×17 frame is demanding, you can’t just make a panoramic image everywhere. I mostly do landscapes with the Fuji GSW690 and when I need a wider frame I will use the Fotoman 612. The Gaoersi can also be used as 6×12 or 6×14 camera but it’s huge and heavy so I strictly use it for 6×17 images.
The only image I found interesting was the photo below.
I shot the at it’s box speed ISO, combined with the stop factor of my center filter (which is necessary for the 90mm lens), I took an incident metering for ISO 32. That meant that with an f22 aperture the exposure was one second. In order to avoid even the minimum geometrical distortion, I used the shift function of the Gaoersi (a very useful feature for architecture shots). Framing with the ground glass is absolutely necessary since I have found the viewfinder to be not 100% accurate (as expected). This procedure further increases the time needed to make a single image but as you can see in the video, operating this camera is a time consuming procedure (but at the same time very rewarding).
As I have repeatedly written, it’s impossible to evaluate the image quality of a panoramic camera on a web image. You have to print large to appreciate it.
I am planning to use it again soon on a future trip, this time loaded with some “serious” slide films like Provia 100F and Velvia 50.
Once more I want to thank my friend Jimmy Pats, for taking the time to record and edit the “Gaoersi 617 Behind the Scenes” video. You can view it here on high definition.
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