A few weeks ago I had to cross the channel for a meeting in London for a few upcoming projects. I love London and it’s probably my favourite city in the world, apart from Antwerp of course. The meeting was only going to last a few hours but still I took the earliest train I could take and the latest train back to literally maximize my hours spent in London. I was not only there to meet someone but I wanted to walk the streets of London with my medium format Mamiya/leaf camera.
Starting of I knew walking around with a 645DF+ camera and a Credo 40 back was going to be a commitment all by itself. It might be quite a light medium format camera but compared to a D800 of a 5D it’s still pretty heavy. So didn’t want take to much gear to save my back. All I brought was the camera and the Schneider 80mm LS and a pile of batteries.
Having walked all the way from Tower Bridge to Spitalfiels and from Embankment to Park Lane. it’s fair to say I’ve seen a lot of London in one day. But what impressed me most was the camera. I put it through all kinds of lighting situations and the detail and Dynamic range is astonishing. Even though there are low res web images I think you can see the difference here. These are all taken in one exposure. No HDR’s here. See for yourself.