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    • In the midst of crazy new camera technology like this:

      I find myself going backwards. Someone gave me an old Canon AE-1 film SLR and it might be my new favorite camera. Ever.

      There's something magical about film. I own a very nice digital rangefinder which challenges me and makes me slow down and think. Shooting film takes it to the next level. Knowing that I only have a limited number of exposures and that I'm basically spending a little bit of money with every shutter button press is intoxicating. Not being able to see immediate results actually makes me worry less and obsess less over whether or not the shot is perfect. It actually gives me this good feeling of wonder and anticipation. Importantly, it actually motivates me to shoot more.

      Then there's the moment the film gets developed and you get it back. It's like being a kid on Christmas morning! It's this magical moment when you get to relive 36 snapshots of time. Seeing each photo for the first time, no matter how good or how bad, is a delight. I've never felt this way about seeing a digital photo for the first time on the back of a camera.

      Another bonus is that I don't have to post-process anymore! I've been surprised that film has so much dynamic range and a lot of resolution when scanned. If exposed correctly, there seems to be lots of detail in shadows and highlights. And no more film simulation presets... it's actual Kodak Portra 400!

      Any other film shooters out there? I'd like to know more about which film stocks I should try out. One thing I have yet to explore and know very little about is how to "push" or "pull" film. I'd like to experiment with that as well.

    • I am not a hoarder, but I could see myself a collector of camera classics. This Canon model along with the Nikon F2 are beautiful museum pieces. Excited you actually want to shoot with it as well. I hope you post up with some images you took with this camera. I bet that lens is razor sharp as well. Bravo!

    • Oh yes now that I'm getting into it, the Nikon FM2 looks like a fantastic camera! I see two benefits over the AE-1: Faster shutter (1/4000 vs. 1/1000 on the AE-1) and the ability to do double exposures. I know double exposures can be cheesy, but it seems like something fun to get creative with.

      I like shooting wide apertures, so the 1/1000 shutter speed has been a limiting factor in daylight. I could use slower film, but I've been using mostly 400 speed to try and be versatile for both indoors and outdoors.

      It just occurred to me, maybe I should get an ND filter? 🤔

      This was a surprise... the very first exposure on a new roll of film! Being a film newbie, I didn't know this would happen, but I love how this shot of my son licking his ice cream unexpectedly turned out. Too bad it's just a little under-exposed. Oh well, I still love it!

    • I still have my EOS 50 body, but the hassle of acquiring and then processing the film is keeping me from using it. Probably just an excuse though, I'm in a middle of some kind of photography cooldown which I want/need to climb out of :) (a matter worth a separate post sometime)

    • ...but the hassle of acquiring and then processing the film is keeping me from using it.

      I was worried about this too. I buy my film on Amazon or B&H so aquiring film isn’t so bad. Once I have a few rolls ready for development, I just mail it off to a lab. The lab sends back the cut negatives and a handy pre-paid shipping bag for my next set of rolls. They even provide a link to download the scans. So, it’s been pretty painless so far!

    • Doing some more research and I just discovered this super cool looking film stock.

      It's called CineStill 800T. From their site:

      This 800 speed tungsten balanced color negative film is prepared from the same motion picture film stock used by top cinematographers around the world.

      The look it produces feels so moody! Definitely has a cinematic vibe. I like it.

      Only problem: wow it's expensive. 😳

    • I'm going on a quick weekend trip soon for my birthday and I'd like to bring the film camera. Does anybody have tips on how to travel with film? Ideally I'd like to be somewhat organized when dealing with the used and unused undeveloped film.

      Anyone have ideas?

    • Hey Bstrong...So you post motivated me to install this Epson Photo scanner I had purchased last month but had not gotten around to installing it. I had low expectations for $160 but I have a coupla thou of slides in binders (and, even negatives) that of all those I knew there were at least 100+ I would like to revisit and potentially post with #tbt.

      Here is my first scan of a young adolescent bear I took with my Nikon F100 and 600mm/f4 lens at the McNeil Bear Sanctuary in 2000. I did not touch up. The scanner does not do super high res but that is ok for my purposes. Got me thinking about your thread...if you shot slide film and found the right lab, for that, this might be an affordable post processing solution for you.

      {*correction - I was able to do a 1200dpi x 1200dpi took awhile but the scanner has the capability}

    • That’s awesome! Do you remember which film stock was used? The green is so vibrant!

      I read that Kodak recently rereleased Ektachrome. I just checked The Darkroom Lab (where I got my film developed) and it looks like they will develope and mount individual slide frames for $3 more. That seem too cheap to be true...

      I like this idea though. Developing the film isn’t too expensive, but it adds up once you add scans. Is scanning negatives more difficult?

    • and your darned have now changed some of my trajectory! lol I looked at another one of my bear photos and I have always wanted to shoot with a Mamiya system and started googling around and the Mamiya M645 1000s looks like a great creative tool and I could probably be out the door for under $600.

      I think I would love to shoot some urban stuff and creative portraits with this stuff. Did you use The Darkroom for your processing? It looks relatively inexpensive to just get the negs developed and then I could scan (with my own scanner) as wanted and needed.

      I sorta like the idea of NO IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION and what a great way to kill the "chimping" habit! I would probably shoot both digital and analog on a shoot just to have the ability to verify my composition.

    • and your darned thread


      Mamiya M645 1000s looks like a great creative tool and I could probably be out the door for under $600.

      I'm new to this and I've already gone down the path of searching for medium format film cameras. I'm currently in love with the idea of a Mamiya 7.

      Did you use The Darkroom for your processing?

      Yup! So far so good! They make the process painless, the negatives came back perfect, and the scans are great quality. I've heard great things about Richard Photo Lab, but they cost quite a bit more.

      I sorta like the idea of NO IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION and what a great way to kill the "chimping" habit!

      THIS. Yes yes yes. Film has made me let go of this obsession and be more present. It makes me slow down, be more aware of my surroundings, the quality of light, and make each shutter press count. It's super satisfying.