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
3 Peaks Dales Way Trek
Thursday, July 9th, 2020
I’ve created a web page from the log and photos that I took on a trek that I did with good friend Al from Gloucester in 2019. The trek was based on the Dales Way but between Kettlewell and Dent I diverted us over Pen y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. You may have seen some […]
New Peak District Images on DaveButcher.co.uk
Friday, May 1st, 2020
I have been catching up with scanning my negatives and have added several new Peak District images to my davebutcher.co.uk. Included this time are Buxton, Hartington, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Tideswell, Mam Tor, Robin Hoods Stride and the Roaches.
Exhibition in Buxton Pump Room Until Friday 3rd January 2020
Friday, December 20th, 2019
I have an exhibition in the Buxton Pump Room until Friday 3rd January 2020. Free Entry. It’s where the Buxton Tourist Information Centre is situated so just follow the signs to that or the Crescent (it’s opposite the Crescent which is currently a large building site!). The space is courtesy of the Buxton Crescent Heritage […]
Dales Way Day 1 Ilkley to Burnsall
Sunday, April 7th, 2019
I’m walking a variation of the Dales Way with good friend Al from Gloucester. It’s about 80 miles and we’re taking 7 days. To add a bit of extra interest we’re diverting over the 3 Peaks between Kettlewell and Dent. My wife Jan drove us up to the start in Ilkley and stayed the night […]
Top to Bottom Trek (T2B)
Monday, April 1st, 2019
I have walked a lot of long distance routes over the years, both in the UK and abroad. Some are official trails and others I just pull the maps out and link together paths and tracks. While reviewing some of my previous treks I realised that I had completed quite a lot of treks running […]