Oh man. Before you read this post, I want to let you know that I resisted for a LOOOOONG time. I know everyone reads any other blog like mine is going to roll their eyes in a few moments...so just go ahead and do it preemptively in unison now
Ok, now that is out of the way, let me show you what I recently got my hands on.
I had been thinking of hunting one down on eBay for awhile, but I resisted and I am SOOOOO glad I did as I was given one complete with 3 lenses - a 50mm f1.8, a 28mm f2 and a 70-200 zoom. It is a thing of beauty, obviously well loved by a photography-buff owner.
I was always in two minds about film cameras. Yes, there is a the novelty, but really do we need film these days? Digital does so much and I LOVE my 7d/Lightroom combination - plus with presets, I can make my digital photos look filmy, no? Its added expense, and do I need to haul 2 cameras around all the time? Plus, it really would be jumping on a band wagon.
I was in two minds until we stood in the queue at pound stretcher to buy the film and Ellis asked me "What's film? Like a movie?"
Ahem. Decsion made.
The camera has been out and about with us quite a lot recently. It has sparked discussions amongst strangers - many people remembering their own cameras or asking why one woman needs 2 cameras...(we have about 5 in the house, which I rarely admit)
I don't necessarily agree with the idea that film is more authentic than digital. I feel strongly they are 2 separate skill sets. Adding filters to digital is absolutely, 100% cool by me.
I love it. LOVE it. I love the magic of it - so very different than digital and slightly more portable than my normal set up. I had the film developed straight onto CD and I am impressed with the speed and quality, plus then they can be stored in my normal way.
Ellis calls it the "Awesome Camera".