The ever-elusive Pentax medium-format digital has surfaced again, this time on the Japanese site Impress Watch. I see my fate in this camera, to an extent. I picture myself looking like Imogen Cunningham's father at ninety, feeble and nearing my end. And they'll say to me, "You've had a good life, Mike—well, at least after you became an internet tycoon in 2013. Anything you regret?" And I'll splutter "But...but..." and then whisper my last words into the ear of my faithful great-grandson. And then I shall expire.
The others will turn to my grandson, wondering what my parting words of wisdom could have been. The lad will shake his head sadly. "He said it was such a shame that he had to go just now, just before the new Pentax medium-format digital camera comes out...."
Such is life.
ADDENDUM: Speaking of Imogen Cunningham and heroic California landscapes, another book of (mostly) large-format photography I like is Rondal Partridge's Quizzical Eye, which I notice you can still get as well. It's a softcover exhibition catalogue from a 2006 show called "From the Byways to the Highways: Rondal Partridge Photographs California 1936–1969." The pictures are quirky, almost impish in their inquisitive good humor and playfulness; I particularly like the early photographs of Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange at work, although he has a roving and wide-ranging eye and mind. (I first became aware of Rondal Partridge through a fairly bizarre portrait of a shorn and severe-looking Lange dressed in an almost outlandish white dress with poofy shoulders and 19th-century skirts, seated in front of a window...I still wonder what the occasion was, whether she was dressed in period costume for a play or to adorn an historical reënactment or something? The picture is in the book.) For a long time I thought Rondal was Dorothea's son, but that's wrong; he's Imogen's son (and thus the grandson of the white-bearded fellow above). A long-lived crew, that bunch: Imogen died at 93 and Rondal must be nearly that age now.
Expect irony as much as beauty from Rondal Partridge. His famous photograph of Yosemite's Half Dome is a pointed but very funny commentary on his mentor (and his mother's friend) Ansel Adams's work.