I posted a few months ago that I was going to be receiving some film cameras and lenses from a family friend, but I haven’t really followed up on that until now. Since then, I’ve been learning the ins and outs of film photography, and it’s been a little bit rougher going than I first thought. I think I’ve destroyed something like three reels so far because of the learning curve (assuming that I was out of film and opening the back, exposing the film, or forgetting to correctly rewind the film and ripping it out of the reel. I am not a proud man.)
But, believe it or not, I love shooting 35mm a lot more than digital. I literally had dust collecting on my 70d when I took this picture. I love getting good candid shots, but when you shoot with a DSLR it seems like you spend more time showing others the pictures you just took than looking for the next shot. Yah, that’s an amateur fuck-up, but it’s something I’ve experienced more than once. But with a film camera, you don’t really get that kind of attention and you’re a lot more free to get more candid pictures.
These days, film cameras aren’t that expensive at all, even for high quality ones - the A-1 initially retailed for something like $1,500, but you can pick one up now for only about $50. I definitely recommend giving it a try; I’m just a hobbyist when it comes to photography, but my experience with this camera so far has been pretty rewarding. Anyhoo, I’ve got like 5 or 6 reels that I’m getting developed this weekend, and if there’s any good shots in there that I got I’ll share them here.