Friday, June 18, 2010

Why I love old school cameras

I've been thinking about getting a good quality digital camera for a few months. This would be the first time I would ever own one. For some reason, I've always been reluctant to take the step. I like my old school cameras. I've had quite a few over the years too. I recently sold my Mamiya RB67, since I hardly used it because it is quite heavy and bulky, my Bronica ETRSI broke down (and I'm wondering if I should get a new camera body), which leaves me my  Holga, great for arty photos but not so much for portraits.
When I used to work, I earned good money so buying and processing film wasn't an issue. Nowadays, I only take photos when it counts. It can be frustrating, especially when they don't turn out that great, but when you get a good one, it's magic.
Here are a few photos from a roll I'd almost lost (It was in the Mamiya when I sold it!) and another I shot a few months ago. The lost roll was a slide film, which we get cross processed. It gives them this slightly ethereal look, surreal colors and edgy contrast. Will I ever achieve this with a digital?

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Beautiful pictures!
    Yup - it can be done (sorta) on digital. One word of advice: Buy Lightroom! Software package that'll let you keyword, archive, and process to look like this. You might need some lessons (my husband is a Lightroom specialist, but Wellington based).
    PS I haven't forgotten your little something - have had the most abominable week so haven't yet got it in the post, but will post Monday :-)