NOBLEX WOES

This is more of a call for help than anything.  I’ve had the Noblex for a few months, and have shot with it three times.  The first, everything was perfect and worked properly; the second and third times, the swing lens stuck and would only swing open if I nudge it.  But when I do that, the image is no longer framed properly and it has my hands or face in it.  It’s heartbreaking to know this camera is faulty and will be expensive to fix. So, if you’ve any experience with this camera, and any suggestions on what I can do to possibly correct this issue, please reach out to me.  I’ve tried replacing the batteries, but the lens still stutters and won’t swing on its own for the first two shots, which is four exposures from a roll.  That hurts, a lot.

You can see from the photos that there are framing issues, but of the three rolls I shot, these were the only worthwhile photos.  My heart hurts because this camera is so fun to use and very capable, but only getting a few viable shots from an already short roll really sucks.

P.S. click on the images to get the full resolution and size :)


YOSEMITE, MARCH 2022

We packed our bags for three days and two nights in Yosemite this past March.  The mountains are still snowcapped and most of the rivers remain frozen over; best of all, the park is devoid of people and the hiking trails are uncrowded.  We feasted like kings (first time ever having pork belly banh mi’s, and at camp nonetheless), rose for the sunrises, and stayed up past the sunsets.  

After having missed it two years in a row, we thought we were finally going to be able to witness the Firefall, which is a spectacular phenomenon attributed to when the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at a particular angle to illuminate the upper waterfall, casting a red hue on the water and thus, making it appear to be on fire.  Unfortunately, we timed it poorly, again, and missed it by a week.  However, we were able to see some remnants of the fall with a crowd of 100 or so people.   If you’re a Californian, you can attest to how dry our state is; Horsetail Fall fell victim to the calamitous dessication and there was no water at all.  The sun was still able to reflect off the slick rockface and we saw some reddening, but it was a lackluster performance.  On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I am an absolute sap when it comes to strangers spending time together to marvel nature.  Maybe I cried, maybe I didn’t….I definitely did.

These were shot on Lomography 400, hence the light leaks.  I did not meter for the shadows because the sky would have been blown out.  Moving forward, I think I’m going to try to learn how to use flash so I can utilize some fill flash and maybe get some of the shadowed foreground to show.  Anyway, hope you all enjoyed and are able to get outdoors this season.  Happy shooting!


NOBLEX PRO 06/150

On a sunny March day, a group of friends and I headed to Sonoma County to location hunt shooting spots.  One of them brought along their Noblex 06/150 - a medium format swing lens panoramic camera - and made some amazing photos with it.  After looking through the funky viewfinder, holding it (that’s my crux; don’t ever let me hold your cool cameras because I will have to buy it!), and then seeing the photos made with it, I was done for.  I immediately put out feelers on my instagram, offering to sell or trade gear to purchase one.  In 24 hours, a deal was done and Abel (@instantflamingo on IG) and I traded some gear - thank you!

Since then, I’ve shot two rolls with it and have been having a lot of fun using it.  It is the chonkiest boi I own (bigger than the Mamiya RB/RZ67!), and probably one of the most unique looking cameras.  If you need specs, support Ken Rockwell’s growing family by checking out his review of the camera, or check out Nick Carver’s YouTube video about it.

Please click on the images; the crop from the blog’s layout does not do the panorama justice!

The lens is a 50mm, which is wide and very nice.  However, because these cameras are hyper-focal at infinity, the focal distance is a bit tricky to nail wide open, which is at f/4.5 (check out the third image where we try to get a group selfie); on top of that, composing on such a wide lens is tricky.  The second image of the cows will attest to this.  I can only hope that with more time spent with the camera and more practice, I’ll be able to fine tune the composition.

So, why this camera? It’s super niche, it only exposes 6 frames per roll of 120 film, and it’s huge.  Simply, and maybe , my plan is to bring it with me when camping - and if adventurous enough, maybe when backpacking - so I can get some panoramic landscape shots.  

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