Creative people have side projects. Had a lens sitting on the shelf, gathering dust, for some time so onto eBay it went. Sold it for more than I paid for it. What to do with the profit? Been reading a few articles about a film point and shoot camera, the Yashica T5. A few eBay clicks later I had one. It’s a great little camera, Carl Zeiss 35mm f3.5 lens, and a top viewfinder called the super scope :)
Side project: Document family life with our daughter Freja in and around our Sussex costal home using film.
Here’s some shots from my first two rolls of film (Kodak Portra 400nc and Fuji 800z).
Creative people are also collectors. With my interest fired up it was back to eBay. My first SLR was an Olympus OM10, and I can vividly remember wishing I could own the top camera at that time, an OM4Ti. A bit of research informed me that OM4Ti’s are still sought after (expensive), so I opted for a mint OM2sp and a couple of f2.8 lenses. Black and white film this time (Kodak TMax 3200). All shot spot metered, manual aperture and shutter, manual focus ;)
Have to say I’ve loved revisiting (for the first time since last century) film photography. So much so that I think it will form a large part of future personal work, and whilst I certainly wouldn’t contemplate replacing digital for analogue at a wedding, from now on there will be a film camera in my wedding photography kit bag. Let’s see what happens.
Remember that collector thing I mentioned? Just bought a beautiful Rollei 35s. Manual everything, even down to the focusing where you have to guess the distance between you and the subject! Pictures (possible artistically blurry) to follow soon.