My 1955 twin lens Rolleiflex 2.8 F is my favorite tool. Yes, I said tool. For a photographer the camera is just that, a tool. It should feel comfortable in your hands , and should reflect your sensibilities of how you see. Yes, I have digital cameras for my editorial and commercial work, but this old, tattered Rolleiflex suits me. I am comfortable with the square format , and looking down into the viewfinder has always soothed me. The controls for changing aperture and shutter speeds are well placed, and are second nature to my hands. The quiet, almost inaudible click of the shutter lends itself to special moments. Winding the film advance crank forwards and then a half turn back solidifies the fact that I have just taken a photograph. Then there is the glass. It is hard to explain, but there really is something special about the 2.8 planar glass. It has a unique look that no algorithm can replicate. Mostly, this camera just feels right in my hands. I just shoot B&W film in it, and rarely use a light meter. It is a simple, straightforward, truthful camera. Below are two of my favorite images photographed with this camera.
Left: First Snow, Slade Ranch, Arizona, 1999
Right: Madre con nina , Oaxaca, Mexico, 2010