I mentioned briefly in my last post that I had in my possession an old film camera. Although, I don’t consider it that old. It’s circa 1999-2002 which doesn’t seem at all long ago, but I suppose when you think about it it’s well over a decade. Turn of the century technology. Crikey.
So you might be thinking, where has this camera come from? Well, I’m shooting a wedding anniversary for a friend this weekend and a couple of weeks ago we were talking about photography etc. It turns out that her late father was a keen amateur photographer and would always be buzzing around family events, much like this weekend, with his camera happily snapping away. They’d bought him a digital camera one year but he always favoured his 35mm film. She also mentioned that after he died the camera had been stashed in a cupboard and hadn’t seen the light of day since.
And then I thought to myself – wouldn’t it be cool if we dusted off this camera for the wedding anniversary and shot a roll of film, for old times’ sake?
She thought it was a nice idea too, so a couple of days later a nice little camera bag appeared on my desk with the camera, two lenses, two light meters and a roll of expired film. By sheer coincidence it happened to be a Canon with an EF mount, so not only was I instantly familiar with the camera my lenses and even my flash worked with it too!
Over the past week I’ve used up the expired roll and had them developed. I did this for testing purposes since I have absolutely no experience with film. They’ve turned out well, although I must admit I am slightly confused about a couple of photos I took with my flash. I went into autopilot and set my manual shutter speed to 1/200 not realizing the sync speed of this particular camera is 1/90. I really expected these particular shots to turn out badly exposed, but they were fine. A bit of a head-scratcher for me there – maybe I’m missing something obvious.
So that’s the story behind the film. I’ll let you know how it goes…