Taking stock

Not taking stock photos this time . . I thought I’d dust off and share my unspectacular but well loved  film camera collection. Here’s the first of 11.

Nikon FM2

Nikon FM2

A sad side-effect of the huge convenience of digital is that film cameras have become a bit too much of an effort these days, for me at least. Even though only quite recently I was taking at least a roll a week. I must have a couple of hundred sheets of negatives on my shelves here. Using film was a nice way to separate home photography from (digital) work.

These days I’m putting all my effort into digital: all those cameras menus, editing, archiving, setting up new blogs and sites (watch this space). So much to learn. That’s my excuse for why, to my shame, most of my film cameras are gathering dust.

It’s a pity. At the risk of sounding like an old fart, manual film cameras really do TAKE photos. I don’t know how new photographer’s learn what shutter speeds and f-stops really are with chips and circuits doing everything for them. Put a few rolls through a Nikon FM2 and you’ll learn to hear the difference between 1/30 and 1/8 – maybe learn to feel it. And there’s nothing to beat the excitement of collecting your film from the developers.

Perhaps I’ll come full circle and return to film again one day? But in the meantime here is an inventory of my collection.  Some are from generous relatives, some from ebay and a few rescued from the junk camera bins at various camera shops.

They all work.  And actually, they are all great cameras. I think the cheapest was about 1000 yen and the most expensive 40,000 yen. The first one I bought was the FM2: a bargain because it was so beat up. The last was the Yashica Samurai. It cost 1000 yen, which is about the same price its battery. (A battery was included. Bargain!)

If anyone owns one of the same models or wants to share  links to photos taken with them, feel free to commnet below. Maybe I’ll post some film photos too. Another part of taking stock is that I’m going through my rather muddled archive now.

[None of the cameras are for sale, I’m afraid]

Pentax Spotmatic 55mm f1.8

Pentax Spotmatic 55mm f1.8

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Voightlander Vito B 50mm f2.8

Olympus-Pen EE-2 28mm f3.5

Olympus-Pen EE-2 28mm f3.5

Ricoh GR1 28mm f2.8

Ricoh GR1 28mm f2.8

Yashica Mat-124G 80mm f3.5

Yashica Mat-124G 80mm f3.5

Yashica-Mat EM 80mm f3.5

Yashica-Mat EM 80mm f3.5

Yashica Samurai X3.0

Yashica Samurai X3.0 25mm-75mm f3.5-4.3

Yashica Electro 35 GL 40mm f1.7

Yashica Electro 35 GL 40mm f1.7

Yashica Electro 35 GSN 40mm f1.7

Yashica Electro 35 GSN 40mm f1.7

Yashica Electro 35 GT 40mm f1.7

Yashica Electro 35 GT 40mm f1.7

5 Responses to “Taking stock”

  1. Will says:

    Hey Tony,

    Nice selection of film cameras there. I sold a few of mine recently, I have a GR1s, couldn’t bare to part with it. These days when I shoot film I only use a Mamiya 7II, haven’t shot 35mm for about 3 years….just all digital for me too these days.

    Anyway, about the blog, I am pretty bad with technology, simple Mac stuff does it for me, so a friend was good enough to help set up the blog for me via WordPress and hosted through Go daddy. As far as I know the template for the blog is free, keeps changing each time I upload, works well for me.

    Cheers

    Will

  2. Danielle says:

    Ahhh, you’re bringing back memories – the Pentax pictured was the camera I learned on from age 6 till I moved out of home at 18. I occasionally see one in a shop window and am tempted – perhaps next time I’ll give in.

  3. Some beautiful old cameras there. I always used a nikon FE2 until it was stolen in Taunton one year along with all my climbing gear. (Bad year) I had taken that camera up and down mountains and into all sorts of situation all over the world. It had never let me down and it took great pictures. I must admit that I moved to auto focus because some of those great pics were not as sharp as I could have wished and still have 2 EOS5 bodies which I love. The first was bought when the camera was quite new in the UK the second a few years ago for a measly 12,000 in a second hand shop here. One of them still has a roll of black and white in it from over a year ago that I have not found time or subject to finish shooting. That`s the problem with film it can be inconvenient for work. I went digital because a secondhand EOS20 was cheaper then 20 rolls of provia plus processing and after an embrassing job for LA Times that I shot on film and had the editor waiting all night for me to send each time consumingly, scanned, cleaned, and compressed jpeg across. I felt like such an idiot because I could have done the job with digital in 20 minutes. Plus as it was a dark, indoor shoot with difficult lighting having a varial iso might have made the pics better too.
    But I do miss shooting film sometimes, might get onto that soon.
    Damon

  4. Mike Ignatov says:

    Love film. Still shoot it. Just never for an assignment. Nice Yashica collection. I’ve got a Yashica Lynx 14, the one with the 45mm f/1.4 lens. To be fair, I’m not sure what my life would be like without digital. But on the street, with no editor to answer to, nothing beats my recently acquired Voigtlander R2M with a 35mm.

  5. zachary t says:

    i have a yashican 45mm lynx-14 l3 if you want to buy this camera off me for 400 just text me at this number 412n 200 8200. thank for more details contact me!

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