Last updated on February 5, 2018
The RX-1 is always, always used with VSCO filters. I often use the TRI-X processing and often Fuji Superia or Kodak Portra for people shots (plus about 75% grain for the film). Interestingly though, I find, I use a x2 screw-on lens doubler so that the shots are 70mm as opposed to the default 35mm. In the very centre the optical quality of this £30 add-on does not do much at all, and in the fringes there is serious vignetting, but the out of focus bokeh becomes beautiful with a distinct analog feel. Combining this with always having as little solid black in the shadows and instead ramping the blacks, makes for quite a unique look I think, which I treasure.
The second thing worth mentioning is the viewfinder. I bought the RX-1 without thinking I’d need one. Tried the viewfinder in Singapore and found the response less than perfect so just didn’t use one. Then I tried Kevin’s A7 in California and the viewfinder was fine for taking pictures but amazing for reviewing the pictures and promptly ordered one online. I feel it can fall off a bit too easily so I might have to add some rubber or even glue it on. It really does add a whole new dimension to the joy of this camera and computer setup.
I leave the back-view black and white now since most of my photography is black and white, or monochrome and this adds to the unique pleasure of this setup. Anyway, here is Emily in the garden, taken a few moments ago: