The real beauty of old MF cameras as you touched on is that it telegraphs your intentions to take a photograph in a way that people seem to understand and accept without objection. I think it eliminates the sneaky quotient from the equation, and by sheer size and differentness, separates us from the masses weilding their digicams.
Wrestling with the beast is also a good way to get yourself to truly concentrate on what you are doing. Rollei’s and Hassy’s are so counterintuitive to use that you really have to practice to be good at it, but it rewards that practice with images that are a wonder to behold, and exhibit.]]>
I love the advantage it provides of being both more and less conspicuous than an SLR or rangefinder.]]>
The TLR viewfinders are so wonderful, but I find it hard to get used to reversed direction of movement — things move the opposite way I expect! On the other hand, waist-level is great for full-body portraits because you’re dead in the center of the body.
And those 2 1/4 negatives — so gorgeous.]]>