Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Back To Film
Late in 2006 I decided to put a roll of film in my old analogue Nikon F70, it was the first time I had shot film since going digital four years earlier. When I processed the (Fuji Colour Negative) film I noticed how strong and vibrant the colours were and how unlike digital the highlights didn't come out so bright and washed out. I decided maybe film did have a future. Since then I have been shooting film off and on with the F70 as well as a Olympus half frame camera my Father-in-law gave me and a Yashica Mat D Twin Lens Reflex I bought. The Yashica is a great camera and I enjoy the fully manual aspect of it, it is just a bit cumbersome and clumsy. I decided I needed a rangefinder which would be more compact than an SLR while offering similar levels of quality and manual control. Well, I didn't buy one I bought three, two are Russian Rangefinders which I won on Ebay and are still (hopefully) in the post. More about them when they arrive. The third was a Minolta Hi-Matic E (pictures here) which I bought on a local auction site (www.bidorbuy.co.za). Though this doesn't have much in the way of manual exposure modes it does have manual focus and auto exposure. It also has a very fast f/1.7 lens which apparently is very good. I'm shooting my first roll with it at the present moment, hopefully by tomorrow I will have my first results.