kowa 6

medium format 6x6cm

The Kowa 6 is a medium format camera that shoots negatives that are 6cm square. I have three lenses for the camera: a wide-angle 55mm f/3.5 lens, a normal 85mm f/2.8 lens, and a long 150mm f/3.5 lens. I haven't used this camera much, yet, because it's not the most practical for everyday photography. But for slow and consistent landscape photography, this is currently my best option.

The camera is tricky, with non-intuitive operation, and must be used with a steady hand on a tripod, and is also notoriously delicate, so care must be taken not to damage it. But the pictures it can take... well, they're good.

Here's my favorite photo I've shot with this camera so far. It's from California Valley, where you can find other photos from the Kowa 6.

First published on 11 Sep 2016; last updated on 12 Feb 2017.

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