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.
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]