one of my Minolta cameras // Mamiya RB67 Pro SD // Sekor C 180mm f/4.5 // Bergger Pancro 400

My name is Benjamin Sieber - I am a 1986 born film-based photographer from Germany/Bavaria/Upper Franconia.

I like shooting portaits, landscapes and architecture.
I'm in (digital) photography since about 2010 - in summer 2014 i picked up my first analog Minolta SLR. Just two or three rolls of film later I decided to try developing b&w-films by myself. In early March 2015 a friend of mine brought a mediumformat TLR (Seagull 4BI) and we tried our first roll 120-Film - a roll of ADOX CMS20 II. We were completely stunned by the results and so I decided to buy a mediumformat camera. After some research I purchased a Mamiya RB67 Pro SD with a Sekor C 127mm f/3.8 lens in late April 2015. At this point my whole style and process of taking photos started to change extremely. Film - only experimentally used in the first place - was turning into my main photographic medium. Eventually, my DSLR was only being used as a spot-light-meter. In late 2015 I joined the APHOG Next-team (former analog4you) and started making my own prints with a Durst Modular 70 Color enlarger.

me, myself, and I // Minolta X-700 // Ilford Delta 100

In January 2016 I bought a (really heavy) Plaubel Peco Supra II 4 by 5 inch largeformat camera with a beautyful Plaubel Anticomar 150mm f/4.2 lens. Since September 2016 I have my own darkroom/lab and I use a Durst Laborator 138 with an Ilford Multigrade 500 head and controller for doing my prints.

On January 1st 2017 our project Reine-Fotografie launched - it's about photography without digital manipulation.

In march 2017 I changed to a lighter 4by5-camera - a Wista Field 45 with an 150mm f/5.6 Schneider-Kreuznach APO-Symmar and a 90mm f/5.6 Schneider-Kreuznach Super-Angulon.

Schneider-Kreuznach Super-Angulon // Minolta XD7 // Ilford HP5 Plus @1600ASA

In the last quarter of 2017 I set up a whole photo and video studio with a friend of mine. The studio is equipped with a 1600Ws Generator and with flashes from Broncolor so that extreme high quality images in largeformat can be shot.

Most time I shoot Ilford HP5 Plus, Fuji Acros 100, and Kodak Portra 400 and 800 in mediumformat. For largeformat I use Ilford HP5 Plus, Bergger Pancro 400, Fomapan 400 and Fuji Provia 100F. If shooting with 35mm cameras, I mostly use Ilford HP5 Plus, Fuji Acros 100, ADOX Silvermax, Kodak Porta 400 and Fuji Provia 100F. I pfefer to develope my medium and largeformat film in ADOX Rodinal 1+25/1+50, and my 35mm film in Kodak HC-110 B. Moreover, I sometimes use Ilford Microphen, Ilford Ilfotec DD-X and Spur Acurol-N. Nearly all of my b&w-prints are developed in ADOX MCC-Developer, mostly using ADOX MCP and MCC paper.

Grand Canyon // Horizon 202 // Ilford Delta 100

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