When I was a child, I used to enjoy looking through the family camera’s viewfinder. It was a simple, compact Kodak EKTRALITE 450 camera, with a 24mm lens and bright viewfinder with almost luminous Parallax and a cloud, sun or flash bolt above it depending on conditions. I was fascinated by it, though I don’t recall ever using the camera myself – I did used to just enjoy framing everything with it.
Learning a little photography at College, I eventually picked it up again whilst at University. I’m slowly getting together a small hoard of film cameras – though all are individual and special in their own way.
I currently own;
Canon A-1 (1978) SLR with: 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8. – My best quality camera and lenses, after learning more about photography and how to use a camera, selling my Sony A7 – which I used these lenses on – seemed to be the best choice. I also didn’t realize how good and easy to use this Canon A-1 actually was. The biggest thing film is teaching me is when NOT to take a photograph.
Canon Demi EE17 (1966) – a fixed 30mm f/1.7 lens, viewfinder. – This camera is a Japanese import (Though was sold in the rest of the world, it’s fairly rare). Bought recently – mainly for two specific reasons: It’s probably the nicest looking camera I’ve ever seen! – And Secondly, because it shoots Half Frame, which means it shoots a portrait shot as standard, taking up half of a 35mm frame, this way you can shoot 72 shots from a 36 exposure roll of film. I have an expensive roll of film in it at the moment, and I’m trying to save it for only the best shots – some probably won’t come out great, as the light meter doesn’t work which means I have to set it manually by guessing.
Ricoh 500 RF (1970s) – a fixed 40mm f/2.8, rangefinder. My newest camera, in amazing condition and an absolute bargain. Though the light seals needed replacing which was a fairly simple job. This is a consumer version of an exceptional compact rangefinder. It was made more affordable by been more plastic on the body. This will hopefully be my main use film camera as I’ll be able to take it everywhere due to its size and the fact it offers both auto and manual options including metering.
The future? – Developing my own negative film and Medium format. *Hopefully*
As for Digital, I currently use a Fujifilm X20, for compact size, and great quality / practicality. It was a tough decision especially when I wanted the Fujifilm X100/s/t, despite it having so much positive opinions and reviews, I needed to go for affordability and practicality. The x20 has the same styling and film simulation as the older X100’s, but having a 28-112mm zoom lens and still goes back to been compact, not to mention pop-up flash and macro mode. It certainly was one of my better purchases.
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