I’m anything but a technical person. I don’t care about different specifications, number of megapixels and other features so cherished by geeks.
- 50g butter
- 100ml milk
- 50g sugar
- 50g powdered sugar
- 175g flour
- ground cinnamon
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 50g macadamia nuts
- 50g peanuts
- 50g hazel-nuts
- 50g English walnuts
- Whip butter.
- Add milk, sugar and powdered sugar.
- Then add sieved flour with cinnamon.
- Whip once more to make it smooth.
- Warm up waffle iron well, add table spoon of dough, close the lid and bake for 30-60 seconds, until golden brown.
- While waffle is warm, roll it and cool it down, for it to preserve the form.
- Then add sweetened condensed milk and sprinkle with ground nuts.
At the same time, I’m an entirely practical person and do understand that I need the best equipment to get a great result.
That’s why; I use the best lighting equipment they can offer at the market. And this is Profoto. That’s why I buy only the most expensive lenses and spare no expense for different gadgets and accessories for shooting.
And today Richon company has given me medium format camera Pentax 645Z to test.
For the most part I shoot with Canon 5DMkIII, but if I need to shoot for advertisement I rent either Hasselblad or medium format Mamiya.
I’m used to a quality picture that medium format camera produces, to a wonderful dynamic range (you know what it means, don’t you?) and simply to incredible sharpness.
But today I’m going to test this camera, Pentax 645Z, from the point of view of a usual DSLR user. So don’t expect to see any technical characteristics here. I hate them. I’ll talk about my emotions instead. As for specifications, you can find boring reviews at dprewiev (http://www.dpreview.com/search/?query=Pentax%20645Z&product=pentax_645z).
I’ll tell about dust fleck, which made me fell in love with this camera.
If you shoot with an amateur camera or with Mark III, as I do, just download a poster with Pentax 645Z, put it on the wall and write in bold letters: ‘I’ll buy this camera in half year/five years’ (or any other period of time you need).
This will be a great motivation to use the best and not to waste yourself on compromises. Oh yes, this is a great way to wake up in the morning and to motivate yourself to work even better and more.
Because when you hold this far from being small box, which is much cheaper than Hasselblad or Mamiya, but which produces a shot that can be compared with similar cameras but at the cost of a small house somewhere at Cote d’-Azur, you feel like a king at once.
Sometimes I practise one thing. It’s not a win-win one, but one can use it sometimes (very rarely). When customers call me to learn about cost of the shooting, I’m not interested in at all, I name the price with five nulls.
Might-have-been client is shocked, and you enjoy the feeling of working for 100,000 USD. It improves self-esteem, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s psychologically easier to name this price, when you have such camera.
But I’ve got carried away. I wanted to tell about a fleck of dust.
They gave me the camera to test it for 2 days during my food shooting (strange, isn’t it?) in a culinary studio of my close friend Dasha Malakhova. The shooting process is rather simple. The light is almost unchanged, the only variable is dishes and background colour. It’s hard to test all camera features under these conditions. I would love to take this camera to my trip to Armenia. I could have easily shown its portability, moister- and dustproof features, as well as possibility to shoot in completely unbearable conditions. (Hey, guys from Ricoh, do you hear me?)
As for the dust fleck. Look at the picture on the top. Beautiful wafer rolls, the recipe of which you can find below. And now look at the photo below. It’s the same shot, but cropped. You would never see this fleck with the naked eye. It’s less than 1mm! Can you imagine the level of resolution?
And even closer:
And now try to imagine all the opportunities you can enjoy with such resolution?
Let alone the beauty of the image provided by 120mm lens (around 90 mm, if we speak about 35mm equivalent). So, my general conclusions are as follows: always aim for the best. And learn with the best equipment.
There’s a rule: to have – to do – and to possess. Do you want to become the best photographer? Then you have to become the best for yourself, to be self-confident and not to waste yourself on the compromises. Be the best and do only the best. And only then another people will admit you’re the best.
As for the equipment, it will help you to achieve this.
Here is the link to download original files to play with them: http://bit.ly/1xkeFq8
And while you’re printing out the poster with this cool camera and downloading the files, I’d like to offer to bake these splendid wafers from Dasha Malakhova, which you have thoroughly studied already