— Saul Leiter
stephanegoin asked: Just 4 words > I love your work.
:) Thank you!
…I’m quite a fan of your work as well!
Anonymous asked: Hello Patrick,Can you tell us a little bit about your Ricohflex and why you use it for street photography ? Thanks !
When I do street photography I often like to have one medium format and one 35mm camera, I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing much when choosing the Ricohflex over one of my heavier TLRs. Sure, the lens on my Rolleiflex is sharper and the coatings on my Mamiya or Yashica mat are better, but I usually don’t find these things to be the most important when what you’re mostly trying to do is get the focus and composition right.
There are always trade-offs, one of which is the screen on the Ricohflex which, along with other TLRs of that era, is fairly dark, making it difficult to focus in low-light situations. You can also easily make an accidental double exposure with this camera. Still, when people message me about the kind of medium format camera they should buy, I often recommend the Ricohflex, especially if cost is a primary concern.
There are a lot of different Ricohflex models out there, though many of them are pretty similar. I have the “Super” Ricohflex, but you might also check out what other models are out there by checking out the flickr Ricohflex group.