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Paris Through Pentax | Shooting An Old Romantic City With New Eyes Using Medium Format

By Kishore Sawh on August 24th 2014


It’s quite possibly the world’s most alluring city. If you’ve not actually experienced it, it seems everyone has imagined strolling this city. With its cafe’d and tree shaded boulevards, gardens at the end of every cobbled lane, and lamplit bridges, Haussmann’s starburst city of Lourve is romantic seduction year round.

It’s a place where chocolate is an art form, the pomp is metropolitan yet bohemian, and the buildings fringed with wicker chairs really do make you feel part of ‘Hemingway’s Paris.’ It’s all just so photogenic, and has always been, that it’s created a bit of a problem if you’re a photographer: seemingly it’s all been done before. Filmmakers Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of production company Maison Carnot have created a short film that miraculously paints the Paris we’ve all seen on a new canvas, with a different brush. What brush? A Pentax 67 (6×7) medium format SLR.



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Actually, that may not be fair to give credit solely to the Pentax, though it stole the show, as the viewfinder of the Pentax, and thus the video, was filmed on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. With an interesting rig that paired the two cameras by a piece of wood, and used a black paper covered board to cut reflections, the Blackmagic Camera filmed daily scenes of Paris that seemed to make everything coming into the lens look romantic. Have a look for yourself.

Sources: PetaPixel, Maison Carnot Vimeo, Images are screen captures from featured video.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Tyler Chow

    This is one of my favorite videos :) I love the creativity!

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  2. Jason Boa

    great so see a trusty 6×7 being “used “

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  3. Michael Moe

    love it!

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    Pretty much awesome ….Paris definitely qualifies as a must visit city

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  5. Peter Nord

    Looking past my computer display is glass door to a case with one of those cameras on a shelf. I don’t think it’s moved in ten years. Now I want to open the door.

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  6. Clare Havill


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  7. Rafael Steffen

    It must be an amazing experience! This is great for a truly creative process.

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    Cool video

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