It’s been a bit since I shot film (about 3 months), but I picked up a couple of vintage cameras last month. When I say vintage, many folks think super old full manual. Well, for the sake of this short blog entry I am lumping all film into vintage but the camera I shot these with has some modern features. I shot these on a lovely old Nikon F100 film camera with auto focus, auto film loading and other “advanced” features.
These old cameras can be picked up for a song, mine was about $100 and I’ve seen mint ones in the mid $200′s. This one is kind of beat up on the back side but functions perfectly and beautifully. All I needed was 4 AA batteries and some film and off I went! Honestly, it is a wonderful, wonderful camera. One I expect to last many years! It is nice to carry along with my Nikon DSLR as the lenses are all interchangeable and then I can shoot true analog alongside my digitial captures resulting in two very, very different images.
I also picked up an old Canonet rangefinder for $35 but that is a story for another day. I hope you enjoy the analog look and feel of these images. They were shot on Portra 400, printed 4×6 and lo res scanned.
Every time I shoot film on just about any quality of old film camera, I am blown away by the feel of the images. While I prefer digital for the detail they provide and for my printing large format images, I just love the overall look and feel of the images that film provides. I plan to shoot more film in the coming days, weeks and months. Looking forward to sharing some of the images when I do.