The joy of shooting with the mostly forgotten medium format LRT


Most photographers are familiar with three types of cameras: DSLR, mirrorless, and rangefinder. However, a fourth type, the TLR, offers a completely different and quite fun medium format movie shooting experience. Although they have been largely overtaken by other models, you can still find them in the used market, and this awesome video shows you the experience of shooting with just one.

Coming to you from Julia trotti, this awesome video shows the experience of shooting medium format film portraits using a TLR (Dual Lens Reflex) camera. Most of us are familiar with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and rangefinders, but LRTs use an entirely different mechanism. Two lenses of the same focal length are stacked one on top of the other. One is used to take the actual photo, while the other is reflected via a mirror (hence “reflex”) to a viewfinder (with the two focusing synchronized), thus encouraging the photographer to photograph at waist level. The viewfinder lens was often of lower quality since it was only used to compose an image. TLRs eventually fell out of favor due to their relatively complex design, but you can still buy them on the second-hand market, with most taking 6×6 square footage. Watch the video above to see what the experience looks like!