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
Darkroom Dave in Amateur Photographer Magazine
Monday, May 9th, 2022
It was a pleasant surprise to get an email from photo journalist Damien Demolder asking if I would like him to do a 6 page article on me for Amateur Photographer magazine in the UK. I had previously met Damien for chats a couple of times at the Focus on Imaging exhibition at the NEC […]
Display Change in Gallery in the Gardens Buxton
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
I changed my display yesterday in Gallery in the Gardens in Pavilion Gardens Buxton. Several new hand-printed darkroom silver gelatin pictures as well as lots of small mounted darkroom prints at £5 and £15. I’m still being very cautious because of Covid-19 so it’s been a long time since it was last updated, it was […]
Glasgow to Cape Wrath Trek
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
I have pulled together a new gallery web page for the trek I did from Glasgow to Cape Wrath over 3 Summers 2003-2005 with friends. Lots of black and white photos and maps of the route. Here’s the link: https://www.davebutcher.co.uk/glasgow-to-cape-wrath-trek-including-west-highland-way/https://www.davebutcher.co.uk/glasgow-to-cape-wrath-trek-including-west-highland-way/
New Web Pages for Ski Mountaineering Trips to Alps
Monday, January 4th, 2021
I have replaced the old web pages for the ski mountaineering trips that I did in the 1990’s. The structure is different, including new gallery layouts with proper captions for each picture. There are also quite a few new black and white photos. I also carried a small 35mm compact film camera for all but […]
Bernese Oberland Ski Mountaineering Trip New Web Page
Monday, January 4th, 2021
I have replaced the old web page for the 6 day Bernese Oberland ski mountaineering trip that I completed in 1995. We had bad weather for several days but overall it was a good trip for photography. I changed the layout and added lots of new photos, both black and white and colour. The colour […]