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I got a new film camera, the Gaoersi 617
Direct from Hong Kong

I got the Gaoersi 617GF camera direct from the manufacturer and have been using it with a Schneider 90mm f8 lens.

Because of the width of the format, 6 ½ inches, it is necessary to use a center graduated ND filter to correct for the fall off. I got the Schneider filter to be sure it was correctly graduated.

This filter steps the 67mm front thread up to 86mm so I had to get an 86mm Polarizer, Skylight filter and WA lens shade.

Once I got through all that I shot the first 15 rolls of film. 4 shots per roll.

And… All good!

The camera is tight, well made and at slightly over 1000.00 delivered it is 9000.00 less then certain overpriced German boxes.


I added a polarizer to the viewfinder to allow me to set the polarization angle on the taking lens. I did it with adhesive putty so far but will ultimately glue on a stepping ring because I usually use a polarizer.

The Center ND is worth 1.6 stops as is the polarizer so that makes the shutter speed a little low with 160 film. Some people say you have to shoot at 22 or greater for good coverage. I have yet to test that wives tale but will soon…

I got the hyperfocal distance chart direct from Schneider and it seems correct.

At 10' focus I get 4.5' to infinity at f32 at 15' focus I get 15' to infinity at f22.

You do have to focus by the numbers as this is a rangefinder camera. Focusing is via a helicoid movement in the lens cone. I calibrated and made a scale for mine as you really need to know the focus distance.

This is a camera for skilled operators. All metal, all mechanical, all manual.

It takes a little setup for your lens but I had no problems getting the infinity focus set properly. I got the Fotoman focus document and it was informative.

If you do large format or pro film photography you will get this camera instantly.

At this point I am totally happy with the Gaoersi 617 and will shortly have some pics coming up in my galleries from the negatives.

I will add the links to the pictures to this post sometime soon...


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Fine art photography of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Legacy images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200, Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony A7r.

We offer archival quality prints in a wide range of sizes and media. We print on a heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8300 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks. Our images are first party prints made directly by the artist. Prints are signed and numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a photographer and facilitating which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.