My Dear Dorff V8.
Fortunately, we can count here in Sao Paulo with an excellent camera technician. His name is Celso Eberhardt. Some decades ago, his father moved from Germany to Brazil and became the official Leica technician in Sao Paulo. Very early, well before graduating in mechanical engineering, Celso began working with his father. For many years now, Celso is the official Leica technician in Sao Paulo.
Just over a year, I found right here a Dorff V8 in good working order. Nevertheless, we decided together that the case would be to restore it completely. The camera was entirely disassembled. All wood pieces were sanded and varnished with industrial lacquer. All metal parts were chromed – except for the rack, since the chrome could increase its thickness and thereby compromise its proper functioning. Finally, we decided that the new bellows would be red.
After a year of heavy use, it still looks like new. Behold, my Dear Dorff V8:
That's a nice looking V8.
Set up, near Greene, NY
Sinar Norma, big PC Buff umbrella, Dynalite M500XL and Mini-Lithium battery.
nice setup Frank. Is that the the Paul Buff mini-lithium battery? If not, which battery is it? How do you like it?
I really think they are great but they only work with certain packs due to strange little circuitry changes... My Dynalite M500x works well but the M500XL doesn't so I had to swap and find the older packs... but now I have two redundant kits. I get 250 pops at least and can even run the modeling lights (or a laptop) if I want to, and I last charged them in May.
The newer silver umbrellas are amazing too. At 500w that set up gives me f/96 @ ISO 320 at full length portrait distance. I can overpower most sun with lots of room to spare.
I don't use strobe much anymore but the batteries make it so much easier and more flexible. Pocket Wizards are really nice too. I should do a little story about my stobe kit but I'm really happy with the set up (2 packs, 4 heads) and it isn't too bulky or expensive.
Wow, cool kit Frank.
I'm egregiously under-informed about lighting gear. I'm working right now to rectify that. I wish there was someone like you doing real location work with lighting equipment that I could assist and learn from.
(Most of the "pro" photogs around here might own a reflector or two)
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