The Joy of Capturing the World with a Wista Field Camera

For a number of years I have been using a 4x5 inch Wista 45 SP aluminum field camera as my main camera. It is a type of camera of which many people think it is antique. However, they are still available on the market since the quality of their results proof hard to beat. The large format negatives that such a camera supports are the clear basis for this.

Personally, I used my Wista mainly to shoot on black and white roll film (Kodak TMY, 6x9) and did the development and printing process myself. It was really a joy to work with this type of camera. A field camera demands the user to pre-visualize the end result and use the acquired insights as a guidance for the settings of the camera, the choice of film, and the development process of the film. It demands to really engage in the photographic process, and because of that the user becomes a better photographer. I still find it a pity that I have not found more time to make pictures with this wonderful camera.

Photo: My Wista 45 SP with a Schneider Symmar-S 210, f. 5.6, by Barend Jan de Jong.

Photo: My Wista 45 SP with a Schneider Symmar-S 210, f. 5.6, by Barend Jan de Jong.