Camera Geeks Unite :: Chase Jarvis TECH: Dasein Camera Arsenal [video]

I don’t talk about gear all that much, but this one goes out to you camera geeks and gearheads. So many of you have been asking about the array of cameras I’m shooting while living in NYC (and somewhat in line with yesterday’s post) we decided to whip up a quick Chase Jarvis TECH video to run you through them. Ten formats in all, from top of the line Nikons, to old Polaroids, even some vintage stuff from the 1950′s. Check it.

[And, as you might imagine, I'm burning through a bunch film while I'm experimenting with all these toys during Dasein: Invitation To Hang. As such I want to say huge thanks to B&H, Polaroid, Fuji, and the Impossible Project for backing me with film for this adventure. You can pickup any/all the tasty films I mention in the vid here from B&H, except for The Impossible Project stuff, which is best to get here...and, update, is made in the Netherlands, correction from what I said in the vid ;) ]

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82 Responses to Camera Geeks Unite :: Chase Jarvis TECH: Dasein Camera Arsenal [video]

  1. Elal | The Shades of Grey June 1, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Pretty and cool gears you have there Sir Chase! O.O

  2. Venura Herath June 1, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Thats a pretty wide spectrum of Cameras! Seems like you are having ton of fun! :)

  3. Will Foster June 1, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    “Thats good times right there”

  4. David Johnson June 1, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    ‘Tis a bit schizophrenic, but hey, if you have the toys … shoot em. I just hope you have the memory for which film goes in which camera

  5. Chris Hughes June 1, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Ilford film rocks, there’s still a little bit of magic in that chemical process you can’t get with digital. Wish I got to shoot more of it. Are you optically printing or scanning and then printing?

  6. randy June 1, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    nice set of cameras. in particular i dig the polaroids and the hasselblad in particular.
    and of course the x100… every where i turn people are saying how great it is.

    and i second your opinion on ilford.

  7. Rene Hermanides June 1, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    The Impossible Project factory is located at Enschede, The Netherlands. And nice to see you have much fun with the old Polaroids.

    Rene

  8. Abhi June 1, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    How about displaying all this gear at the gallery too…sometime! ? (or) Do we ever get to see all this gear in person? (#hope)

    Best,
    Abhi.

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:15 am #

      if it’s on display in the gallery how can i be out shooting? ;)

  9. Simon June 1, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I think you’ve got the Polaroid angle covered Chase!
    D3, ‘Blad and X-100 is all I would need out of that lot, personally.

  10. Jan June 1, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    On the location of the Impossible project: that’s in Enschede, The Netherlands, not quite Eastern Europe. Close, but no sigar! ;)

    You can see a tour of the factory here: http://dfpro.nl/artikel/2333214/film-impossible-|-het-tweede-leven-van-instant-film (sorry, it’s in Dutch only)

    • Karine Ardault June 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      yes, but the project is based in Austria… in any case the Impossible Project team is doing good work. I just wished they would change their mind and work on the peel-apart (other than large format) film.

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:16 am #

      great link. thx for the reminder. i corrected the my video mistake in the text below the video.

      • Jan June 3, 2011 at 6:36 am #

        :)

        By the way the video has been updated with English subtitles!

  11. Allen June 1, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    More TECH!

  12. hs June 1, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    love your enthusiasm Chase, got to, you’re inspiring.

    BUT::::

    you’re burning through all kinds of disposables… polaroids, backing papers, chemicals down the drain at labs, all into the landfill and new york harbor.

    that part’s not so cool.

    on the other hand, if it’s not that it’s toxic metals etc in all the electronics it takes to make digital products.

    chase, baby, are we doomed?

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:20 am #

      hs. great point. I try to be as sensitive toward the environment as my profession allows. i’m not shooting kodachrome – supposedly the most toxic of the film processes. and fwiw, that’s a good thing about the polaroid gl10 printer that we’re using to print the dasein show – zero ink cartridges ever…uses thermal printing.

      i stopped oil painting in part because it’s so toxic, so I’m open to your suggestions of how to be a photographer and not a sketch artist…

    • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      The same can be said of all the computers, camera gear, and such, which ends up in dumps in China, where they go in a recycle it. Very toxic though.

      • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:42 am #

        The answer is to keep a piece of gear until it is no longer working, then have it recycled. Or, use a film camera, develop the negatives, then scan them instead of printing. There will be waste no matter what you do.

  13. Rafael June 1, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Really cool stuff you’re working with.

  14. Nickon June 1, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Love it! And love that you rock Polaroid (one of my wife’s cameras), the D7000 (my camera) and Fuji x100 (my desired next camera)!

  15. Mark June 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Seeing this makes me want to dig through a pile of old boxes for my old Canon AV-1 and load some film … loading film is like riding a bike, right?

  16. Paul June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    TOTALLY AGREE WITH hs

    ”’love your enthusiasm Chase, got to, you’re inspiring.

    BUT::::

    you’re burning through all kinds of disposables… polaroids, backing papers, chemicals down the drain at labs, all into the landfill and new york harbor.

    that part’s not so cool.

    on the other hand, if it’s not that it’s toxic metals etc in all the electronics it takes to make digital products.

    chase, baby, are we doomed?”’

    …. but I always feel like there is just so much more film can do that digital can’t (as far as getting more light in or great blur)

    … if i had a choice, for carrying purposes: D3, OG Polaroid 600 (preferably SX-70) or the Image1200, and the Hass is the way to go!!

  17. Karine Ardault June 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I had my annual one week in New York in April with: my beloved D300 (with a 50mm f/1.4 and a 14-24mm 2.8- rented at adorama), a Rolleiflex 2.8F, a Polaroid 600SE and a Polaroid SX70. One camer

    • Karine Ardault June 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

      one camera at a time. lots of fun especially with the monster that is the Polaroid 600SE.

      • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:21 am #

        i’m currently trying to shoot the 600SE as a street photography camera. damn near impossible, but i’m really digging putting effort into it…

    • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:45 am #

      You go, girl. I’m right there with you! I have a Nikon D90 and an old Rolleiflex TLR 3.5 Which is 50 years old, like me! I also have various others.

  18. Rachel Tatem June 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow! That is amazing. I haven’t seen most of those cameras in years!

  19. Osize June 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Is that the new 50 1.8 you have on the d7000?

  20. Puneet Dembla June 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I feel it’s not comfortable for me to mix film and digital, I think you can youe a FX, DX and Hassy H4Ds and get pretty much everything.

  21. pixelmixture June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    i thought i would see a leica here … perhaps a M9

  22. Cody Min June 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    How/where do you develop the film? Do you do it in a private darkroom?

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:22 am #

      i send it out to a local lab here in nyc…

      • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:46 am #

        Name of lab? Can film be sent in? Are they on the web?

  23. david June 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Goodonya Chase,
    You’re a prolific bean! Enjoy checking into your site to see what you’re up to. Am just weighing up the pros and cons on the Pentax 645D which I just took on assignment to Papua New Guinea.
    Gotta say, I think its the death knell for my love of film.
    Keep up the good work
    Regards
    David

  24. Matthias Brandstetter June 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Nice article, quite a lot of pola …

    Well, the impossible project surely was foundet in Austria, Central Europe.
    Please note the difference between Central and Eastern Europe – it is like saying California in Mexico.

    But thanks for mentioning!

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:23 am #

      having lived in europe for years, i’m well aware. just literally couldn’t remember where the stuff was made/founded, etc.

    • aga luczakowska June 2, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      yes, i was surprised to hear that Austria is in Eastern Europe :)

  25. Andy R. Garcia June 2, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    This was super cool!:) Can we see the poloaroids?

  26. Niko B. June 2, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I really like the Poloaroids, but why you use so many?
    And wait, no Leica camera? There is something missing in your sweet collection ;-)

  27. Aputure June 2, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    tons of polaroids. the hasselblad looks really nice. i’m wondering why you are not using a “true” point and shoot (small sensor compact digital camera), which is where most snapshots actually come from these days…

  28. CWDaly June 2, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Hey you forgot to mention your iPhone, that makes 11 formats 

    CWDaly

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 6:23 am #

      indeed! thought of that right after we shot the vid ;)

  29. fas June 2, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    That is a serious show of equipment there. Worth thousands and thousands of dollars.

  30. Daf June 2, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Thanks.
    All too often photography blogs tend to really put down techie/gear freaks these days – seems a growing trend. But the fact of the matter is talking about/seeing interesting gear brings me enjoyment so why the hell not :o )

    • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:49 am #

      I agree, Daf! I love talking gear. I love to know why people from a fondness for each piece of gear. That’s one thing I loved about JPEG magazine (no longer printed). They had articles about why people used certain gear. We really become attached to certain cameras, and I LOVE reading those stories.

  31. Will Austin June 2, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Love this Chase and love your enthusiasm!

  32. Mike June 2, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Great feature, Chase! Loving all the film cameras that you’re using. Two quick questions:

    1) I could’ve sworn that you had a Hasselblad H System kit in your arsenal. Any reason it’s not part of your array of cameras in NY?

    2) With all the film you’re outputting, what scanner do you use to get them back into your digital workflow?

    • Chase June 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Oh yes, i have lots more cameras, this is just the stuff i’m using as I’m exploring the snapshot here in NYC during my artist in residency.

      The H system is not really a snapshot camera or retro. on the other hand the 503 has some good history.

      I have a nikon scanner, but due to volume issues, we might outsource i back in seattle later.

      • Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:50 am #

        I’d like to know your impression of the Leica M9. I see you’re using the Fuji X100, which is comparable to the Leica X1. Some prefer the files of the X1 while others love the Fuji. I’d like to know what you think.

  33. France Freeman June 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Awesome project Chase! I’m full of envy (10+ cameras, The Ace Hotel, and New York as your playground! ), but so enjoying it all vicariously anyway!
    All those cameras does seem a little schizophrenic at first glance, but I think given the theme of the project, it fits to use the multiple formats.
    Looking forward to the next installment. You updates always leave me pumped with inspiration. Cheers!

  34. Laurian June 3, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Kodak portra eh… I think i stuck with my velvia too long, i should give the portra a try one of these.

    Neat stuff, shouldn’t you be the one telling us if youre havin fun shootin that much gear or not :? )

  35. Matthew Coughlin June 3, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    you forgot a camera… your iPhone. So that makes 11. #BestCamera

  36. Lainer June 3, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I loved this, Chase. Lots of Polaroid there. I used to have a Holgaroid. Currently my line-up includes a Nikon D90, a Sony NEX 5, an iPhone 4 (yes, it’s a cool camera), Rolleiflex TLR 3.5F, Nikon 8008 film camera, Olympus Stylus Epic, Leica D-Lux 4, 35mm Holga, 120 Holga, and a Fuji GA645 camera. I recently sold a Leica M8.2, a Leica M6, (wish I could have kept them but moving so, needed some moving expenses.) I’m happy to hear the Polaroid Project took off. I used to own the SX70 and various others.

    You fooled me at the end with the Nikon S2. From far away that looks like a Leica case. And you fooled me at the end too. I should have known it was a Fuji X100, but I couldn’t see it close enough and thought it was a M9 or X1. By the way, why no Leica in the bunch? Love your choice of film. Perfect for shooting in NYC in available light. Do you develop it yourself? Where do you have it developed if you don’t? It’s getting harder to find reliable film developers, especially B&W films.

    What do you think of the Fuji X100 by the way?

  37. Ben June 3, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Chase,

    Thanks for the wonderful blog. I have a quick question if you get a chance. What are your thoughts on the D7000 vertical grip? I am trying to justify that purchase now and weighing (pun intended) the benefits of the vertical grip and larger size in general versus the larger size and corresponding increase in weight. The benefit of that camera over the D3 series is its small size, which after adding the grip has that difference minimized. I don’t think the grip adds frames per second and battery life on the camera is already phenomenal, so it is just a grip size vs. weight issue for me.

  38. Missy McLamb June 5, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    D3 my workhorse as well. Rollei 2.8, formerly my grandmothers, will die with me loaded with Ilford 3200 (forever pulled). I use manual nikkor lenses on the D3. ESP the 50 f1.4. Focusing with said object is yummy. Also nice, learning about all this just to forget it.

  39. kentchamness June 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Chase- thanks for the gear video. Very cool to see you using a different range, rather than just hitting buttons on an editing program. I am always blown away by how open you are in your how to’s and whatnot. You are really helping to change the landscape of the photo industry in that you are open and honest, instead of being negative and private, trying to grab everyone’s crumbs.
    Keep it up, it is much needed.

  40. afoi June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    600SE FTW ! good stuff there !

  41. Andy H June 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Love this video I’m shooting a band at a recording studios this weekend with the usual work horse my Canon 7D and a (borrowed of my uncle :-) ) Leica R7 complete with 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 90mm primes loaded with Ilford 3200 Delta really looking forward to it!!

  42. Paul Rogers June 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Have you seen this camera? What do you think of it?

    http://www.lytro.com/picture_gallery

  43. Chris Mast July 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Chase,
    What size polaroid film goes in the Land Camera?

  44. Jens July 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Chase

    These guys from the impossible project use a factory in the Netherlands to produce the films and Vienna is in Austria, which is more Central Europe than East Europe ;-)

    But Florian Kaps from the Impossible Project was into “LOMO” before, that you didn’t shoot?-) The original Lomo is also a great camera !

    All the best… Great work!

    Jens

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  46. David Rodwell January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Good afternoon Chase….ya gotta love that Hassy!!

    As a working Aerial Photographer in North Carolina…you are the bee knees in the helicopter. Your work is true art.

    I looked at the geek gear video….I began shooting Aerial work with the venerable Pentax 6×7…looks like a 35 mm SLR on steroids…very heavy but what a sweety pie.

    Thanks for sharing your art.

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