There’s just something about a mechanical camera. Something special that you don’t get with a modern click box.
Two weeks ago I was lurking the Flickr forums when I came across someone talking about the “Film Photography Podcast”. I was intrigued as my favorite podcast was too long between updates and I needed something new. I started listening, and while it was nothing too special at first I thought, I couldn’t stop listening. It brought me back to my time in the FIU photography lab, listening to my friends talk film, fstops, development times, and arg my film is ruined!
While listening to 2 or 3 I ended up on eBay picking up a new camera. Well, new to me anyway. I decided on a Minolta Hi-Matic 7s. Simple fixed lens rangefinder that had the 2 qualities that I deemed necessary to me for a camera these days, a leaf shutter, and an f2 or faster lens. This one had the leaf and the f1.8 45mm lens so it was a no brainer. That and it had a built in meter, automatic mode, and a hot-shoe. Very nice cam that I picked up for $25 US. I think I’m in love with rangefinders now, and I place the blame squarely on the FPP! Thanks to them I’m back to shooting film and loving it. Scanning it is another story, but I’ll get better at it. I really need to do test shots in different lighting conditions with a grey card so I can get baselines for the films that I use. But that’s a story for another day.
I even went out with friends and the little Minolta. Ok, it’s not so little, it’s pretty big actually, but since my other film love is an RZ67 Mamiya, this is small. I don’t know why, but taking pics with this is more fun than with the digitals, and the subjects of the photographs seem to enjoy smiling at the odd box in my hands.
If you want to take a listen to the podcast, and you really, really should, head on over to http://filmphotographypodcast.com/ and download the latest episode.
Check out my flickr stream at : ra2photo @ flickr