I changed from Mamiya 645 to the Mamiya 6, then Mamiya 7, because of the difficulty in handling the brick-shaped 645 out in the hills. The Mamiya 7 is very portable, easy to use and the lenses are top quality. If you look at ebay they hold their value well too. For close-up work there can be a problem with parallax since you look through a viewing window NOT through the lens. For macro and close-up work the 645 is better, for travel, landscape and city shots the Mamiya 7 can’t be beaten for what I do. For colour work there is a special polariser that you can set before pushing it down into place. You would have trouble using graduated filters though since you don’t look through the lens so you would need to guess how far to push the filter down in front of the lens. The 7-II is better than the mark 1 if you want to use the multi-exposure lever. Otherwise the mark 1 is the same except for a few cosmetic changes (strap lugs, cable release socket moved, lens change lever different).
Using DeVere and Durst Darkroom Enlargers
A video and illustrated article covering 6 different enlargers for printing black and white negatives on Ilford Multigrade variable contrast papers.
Making Darkroom Videos
making videos for YouTube and www.DarkroomDave.com
Split grade printing the Ilford way using Ilford Multigrade under the lens filters
This tutorial explains how to use Ilford Multigrade under the lens filters for split grade printing the Ilford way.
Some Ideas for the Darkroom
I have pulled together a short talk of about 18 minutes to show a range of things that are possible in the darkroom given a bit of time, patience and practice.
Process Times for Ilford FP4, SFX and Delta 400
Process Times for Ilford films FP4+, SFX and Delta 400
New Print Lecture Snow Light is Finished and Available for Booking
Friday, July 20th, 2018
New print lecture Snow Light is available for bookings after October 2018.
Ilford Photo Technical Information
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Ilford technical information and brochures are now available on the Kit page of my website
Dryer for Fibre Based Papers – 2018 Update
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Dryer for black and white Fibre Based FB darkroom printing papers
Craft in Focus Christmas Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at RHS Wisley
Friday, November 24th, 2017
Christmas contemporary art fair at RHS Wisley
Craft in Focus Wellington College Craft and Design Fair 2017
Friday, October 27th, 2017
Craft and Design Fair at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Friday 12pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.