Sunday, April 27, 2008

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My first film SLR

My first film SLR
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Film? Film? I never woulda thought I'd be shooting film again after going digital. Digital cameras were the awesomest invention evar. No money spent on film developing, no waiting for film to get developed, no spending money on film. Going digital was like a dream come true.

So why did I buy it? I'm still wondering that myself. I guess mostly for something new. There are still a surprisingly large number of film users out there. My first film camera since going digital was a Holga. It was cheap and my Flickr Meetup group had a Holga day at Pike Place one day so I thought what the heck I'll give it a try. After four rolls of film I only got a few decent shots. What can you expect from a $30 camera? There are people that get some pretty good results out of them though. One thing I learned is to use at least 400 speed film and to be sure to tape the back because it is likely to fall off if you don't. There isn't much to those cameras. Only two settings to worry about.

My new cam on the other hand is an SLR with sliders and buttons and nobs all over. I would be totally lost on how to use the thing if I had bought it a year ago. It's really not all that different than a digital SLR. This camera in particular though only has aperature priority and manual modes. No shutter priority.

Mike talked me into using some slide film which I think I've only ever used on accident and didn't see any reason to use it. Well there's this thing called cross processing you can do with it which could give some interesting results. So we'll see what happens.

Yesterday the Seattle Flickr group had a meetup for film only cameras and I was surprised to see how large of a turnout we had. I think there were at least 30 people and it was a beautiful day. I actually bought this camera on the way to the meetup. It didn't take too long for me to figure out how to use it. The body itself was $89 and the lens was $49. I'm sure I could have found the camera for a lot cheaper on ebay but I needed it now and since I bought it at Kenmore Camera I knew it would be in good working condition and it also comes with a 60 Day warranty which I think is worth the extra money. I also got a free neck strap which I late found it says Canon on it. Though it's pretty discreet and you can't see it says Canon without looking really close as it's engraved into the leather.

I decided to stick with the aperature priority mode for my first roll of film. Once I get more comfortable with it I may go manual. I'm looking forward to some more fun with this camera.


  1. I have a couple Pentax K1000 film cameras, and I love them. They only offer fully manual mode. The entirety of the electronics in them is the needle-based light meter. They're what I used to learn to really understand aperture and shutter speed, and how they relate.

    I picked them up at different points on ebay for a price not too much less than what you paid for yours.

  2. I had a lot of fun with it. Unfortunately it had a shutter problem. I ended up returning it to Kenmore Camera and found another one just like it on ebay. Still waiting for it. Hopefully it's in good working condition.