So here we are, about to start stocking the gorgeous Zero cameras. We have a soft spot for pinholes, the sheer unknown factor, the time element involved (is it 4D?), the absolute perfection of the depth of field when the stars align and you get it right. so when Martin Reed offered to come for a State Visit and bring his cameras to our attention, how could we say no, especially as we got to road test the Zero 2000 in the bargain.

First impression is that they are of course gorgeous. They are made of teak (could not ascertain where it was sourced), lined with black material and the knobs and screws are made of brass. I am a touch worried about light fastness but experience will show. 

The winding on of the reel is a dream (bear in mind that you would need a spare spool to receive you film). There is a little window to see what number frame you are on, do not make the same mistake as I: the window needs to be on the right to see the numbers. The numbers are much easier to see with Fomapan than any Ilford film tried (they use tiny numbers) and when using in poor light, this is a consideration to take unless you have a torch (or mobile phone) with you.

The version I tested has the trigger mechanism but I have used it both manually and not, and it is easy to use manually although for long exposures, the metal bit does start to dig in your finger. 

I used it with a Pedco clamp to give it more stability: there is tripod mount on all the models (and on some two tripod mounts).

I have tested it with the following films, in order: PanF 50, Fomapan 100, Fomapan 200, HP5+400, Delta 3200.

Results to follow!