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    • A heart warming story of a box of lost film and how it was reunited with it's photographer 50 years later. Try doing this with a hard drive full of photos.

      Are you shooting film and what are you using and capturing?

    • Cera

      I shoot primarily on film these days with the only exceptions being seriously low-light or fast moving objects I just "need" to get that clear shot of.

      My arsenal consists mainly of 35mm: Nikon F, F2, F3. Leica M4. In addition to those 35mm I usually use, I've a Mamiya RB67 for 120 portrait work and some Polaroid 600's for some special shootings days. On the film side; Kodak Portra 400/800, Ilford HP-5 and rarely Fuji Velvia.

      The list of the equipment already tells part of the story "why": Each camera feels different, each camera sounds different, each film produces slightly different results and most importantly; each combination makes me shoot differently. To me it's a whole different feeling to shoot while looking through the tunnel-like viewfinder of an SLR than looking down to the waist-level viewfinder of the RB67. I compose differently and I work differently. RB67 needs to stay on tripod most of the time which limits what kind of scenes I'll be looking for. M4 I can just quickly grab with me when leaving home and there's no non-sense to go with it.

      Film quality still amazes me. Don't get me wrong I love the beautiful images one can take with digital too, but film just always had "something" for me. It's perfect in its imperfectness. Polaroid image quality is horrible and yet the images themselves are somehow so perfect. They tell the story of a singular "moment" captured with the instant film magic: the laugh, the smiles, or the tears and sorrow are vivid and I can easily get back to the real scene in my mind just by looking at the photo. Timelessness of the black and white. Saturated colors of the Velvia slide film. Yeah I could get that with hours in photoshop too but...

      Shooting film also slows and calms me down while working. I can't just go around pushing the button and hoping I'll capture something. I notice that I use more time in planning, composing, finding that perfect shot and when I click the shutter it's there. No need to spend hours in Photoshop afterwards. It works almost as a meditation to me. Trying out different angles, distance, composition. The need to think of the lights and shadows without the numbers flashing in the viewfinder. Working with the subject and the "real world" and not the flashy lights and LCD screen and knobs and dials in the camera.

      Then, lastly, there's the feeling of carrying a piece of history with me. The three Nikon F -series bodies and most of their lenses I have belonged to my granddad before me. He was a photo journalist and did a big part of his career working around the Europe so those cameras have seen a thing or two before I got them. It's a funny feeling to know that the light fell through these same lenses in Estonia during the "Singing revolution" protests that led to them eventually regaining their independence, or in Moscow just a few days after the Soviet Union had collapsed and people weren't quite sure yet of what did that mean. These cameras cannot be replaced in my mind: there's nothing "better" that'd come to the stores next year, no upgrade, no "better image quality" nor "more autofocus points" that could be advertised to me. They just work, and the results are just as timeless as the negatives I've seen from the 70's and the 80's.

    • That was EXTRAORDINARY!!!! ๐Ÿคฉ When I first clicked play I thought, "ugh, 15 minutes. I don't have time for this." And then when he started slowly I thought, "I'll just let it roll in the background to see if it gets interesting. Probably won't. Only 3,000 views."

      And then...oh my God, I even cried a little. That was the best YouTube video I've seen for awhile. So glad you unearthed it.

    • It's on my wish list. My Oly died years ago and I miss the anticipation of finding out what I'd captured.
      A friend has just given me her father's film camera so now I've moved again, I'll unpack it and get started if I can find film here in the far west ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thomas Slatin

      Before my father passed away, he gifted me his 4x5 camera. It is one of my most prized posessions. Here is my first photograph taken with it...

    • Wow those Nikons are special indeed. Your grandfather sounds like an interesting man with so many stories to tell. If only cameras and lenes could talk, which I guess they do with images. You're lucky to have them in your collection. Obviously the passion for photography runs in the family. Did you get to shoot with him? Having him as a photography mentor would have been priceless.

      I love the fact that you can buy a film camera now and be pretty confident that it wont be outdated with the latest tech in 6 months. Also it will probably still work in another 50 years.

      I'm new to photography, about 7 years on and off and only 1 year into film. I love how it hightens your senses making you more selective of images. Then the only way to see the photo forces you to have them printed, thus completing the photographic cycle.

    • My wife is always says to me I've got to watch this or that and my reply is similar to yours. Anything over 30 seconds and it's like being dragged across a bed of nails.

      Paul C Smith has a small following that doesn't represent his talents. I don't follow him for his photography talent but for his video production and his passion for both. I would love to sit with him and chat photography and video production. I too teared up a bit.

      Another photographer on Youtube with a small following is Adam Gibbs. Technically better at photography and great film production. It's these smaller photographers I get inspired from.

    • Break it out and get shooting. I've heard about this thing called "the world wide web" that might help you find film. ;) What Oly did you have?

    • To be given a large format camera is priceless espeicaly from your father. Had you shot large format before? If this was my first time shooting this format i'm sure I would have stuffed it up. Well done. :)

    • OM 10. Loved it!
      My EM5ii reminds me of it a little.
      I've found the camera bag I was given, a treasure trove!
      2 Canon EOS10s inside with a 35-135 1:4-5.6 lens and some gadgets :)
      I'll try and get some film in Melbourne this weekend and will start playing when I get back home.

    • My father used to shoot 8x10 and 4x5. I have limited experience in large format, but have an enormous amount of experience in medium and small format film. I'm thinking about taking my 4x5 out more often this spring. The entire process of shooting with large format is slow but very satisfying.

    • I'll post my film camera collection starting off with a Czechoslovakian Flexaret VII which is as old as I am. Built between 1966 - 71. Solid as a tank and beautifully designed.

    • The smallest rangefinder out there. Olympus XA. Fits in the palm of my hand and has the shortest focus throw as the bottom level shows below the lens.

    • The Olympus XA2 with A16 flash attached to the side which just unscrews. It doesn't have aperture setting like the XA. Just zone focus.

    • Oh great, why don't you ask me which of my children is my favourite......... I could answer that but my wife wouldn't be pleased. ;) I would like to say the Flex but sadly I haven't got around using it. The film is still chilling in the fridge. So I'll have to say it's a close call between the FM2 and 35 SP.

    • Confession time, I have another XA in well used condition and i'm using the A11 from the mint condition XA on it. I'm keeping the boxed versions for resale at a later date for a nice profit hopefully.

    You've been invited!