|Kiwi girl in Cappadoccia, Turkey. Nikon D90|
Admit it. The last time you checked Aunty Nance's Kodak Retinette 1A, it wasn't breathing, was it. There's a rumour circulating that film cameras aren't dead at all, not quite; they've been on life support for a few years. But they are just coming out of their decade-long camera coma.
That secretive scrambling noise coming from the shed or the spare room mightn't be a burglar. It could be your grandson or granddaughter looking for your old Box Brownie or Pentax K1000. Gen Ys are getting interested in old things - not you, but old cameras and film It makes a change - let's put down the X Box and pick up the K Box. (The Kodak Box Brownie)
|Pentax 67 is a little like a 35mm SLR on steroids|
The owner of my local camera shop, Camera House in Fremantle, reports a surprising surge in high school students bringing in rolls of exposed film; returning filled with anticipation and excitement to pore over those strange orange negatives. The delayed reward makes an interesting shift away Gen Ys demand for 24/7 instant satisfaction Maybe film isn't dead after all. Maybe its just been on life support or in a deep trance awaiting the kiss of a beautiful princess. Perhaps you could turn your sleeping film camera into a handsome, virile carrier of mass inspiration.
|Farmer's wife, Toodyay. Pentax 67.|
Is film forever? Possibly not. But I suspect that film might be more 'forever' than digital. I haven't lost too many negs in 50 plus years but I've certainly lost a few digital images. There's something reassuring about looking at and touching an image as a negative. Its even better to turn over an old black and white print and read the inscription on the back in faded handwriting.
If you don't own a film camera, here's a good place to start. Here's a list of tested, tried and true cameras. The ones marked + are medium format and are capable of producing scanned digital images 200MB-500MB. Now, you don't get that in a digital camera.
My thirteen top film cameras (not in any particular order)
- Nikon F3
- Nikon F100*
- Canon FTb*
- Canon AE-1
- Pentax 67* +
- Pentax K1000
- Rollei 35S
- Leica M6
- Hasselblad SWC +
- Rolleiflex TLR +
- Olympus A11
- Ricoh GR1
- Yashica Mat 124G* +
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