A group of photo nerds and I went out on a rainy day for a twin lens meetup. I brought a Mamiya C220 (135mm f/4.5 lens) and an Imperial Reflex.
The Maimya TLRs are such great cameras, and can make great shots. I hadn’t shot with this 135mm lens before, and I was kinda surprised at the focal vignetting. In many shots, it was much softer focus at the edges. But that made for some good dreamy-like shots.
Here’s my favorite:
I was keeping an eye on the lens, to make sure raindrops weren’t getting on it. I think all the out of focus stuff is the lens itself.
As for the Imperial Reflex, it had even greater focus vignetting. I guess that would be great for some situations. I don’t know whether to sell it immediately or keep it for just the right circumstances. Its a lot like using a flipped lens. If you’re going for really dream-like soft focus, its great. (Except that there’s only one aperture and one shutter speed.) Here are samples:
Despite the rain, it was a really fun day walking around shooting with friends.