deathofkindness asked: what film cameras do you recommend for beginners into film cameras?
I literally get this question EVERY DAY at the camera store I teach at and my answer never changes:
1. Pentax K100 (the thing is a TANK!!! Completely idiot-proof and 100% analogue)
2. Nikon FE (Nikon’s “F” mount hasn’t changed since the original Nikon F so if you have a Nikon digital camera, you can use your film lenses on your digital camera. Leica, to my knowledge, is the only other company that can say this for their 35mm/digital cameras)
3. Nikon F3 (Really, it’s just a joy to shoot- once you pick it up, you’ll be hooked)
4. Canon A-1 / AE-1 (My first and still one of my favorite cameras. Even if you’re completely new to cameras, it’s controls feel familiar and simple)
1. Yashica-mat (The “poor man’s Rollei” with a remarkably sharp lens- a great intro into 6x6 photography)
2. Rolleiflex 3.5 (It’s a Rollei! Small and bulletproof. If you haven’t heard of Vivian Maier, Google her and you’ll see why I recommend this or any Rollei to my students. Hell, I love the Rollei so much that I have THREE of em!)
I’ve had this debate with many, many people and I’ve come to the conclusion that it really boils down to your particular tastes. Some people like hip-hop and some people like death metal… Some people like film and some people like digital.
I had the opportunity to test out a few new lenses this weekend, courtesy of a good friend of mine. I decided it’d be a good excuse to examine the differences in image quality, not only between film and digital but also between the different lenses. I’m scanning the negatives now and I’ll post my thoughts and photos tomorrow.
For the past several weeks, I’ve felt that something has been missing from my photographs… then tonight it hit me- I’ve been a bit detached lately. No one reason in particular, I’ve just got a lot going on right now. Anyway, I’m going to try a new approach.
I’m want to fall in love with every woman I photograph. Certainly not in a mushy, romantic, greeting card kind of way but I want to create a real connection. Something 100% genuine. And right before I click the shutter release, I want to find that one trait about her that makes her absolutely perfect. Only then, I feel, will I have a complete photograph.
Just thought I’d put that out there. G’night tumblr :-)