I still shoot a lot of my photos on one of my 35 mm camera’s. Now don’t think that I’m completely archaic, I do own a digital camera as well for when I’m just chilling with some friends or somewhere that I don’t want to bring my huge 35 mm’s.
Some of my equipment features quite old technology, but they they were the best of the best in their day. The cameras I use are a Canon AE-1 (which I decided to put into retirement last week) and a Canon A-1. There are also a series of lenses including: the standard Canon 50 mm f2.8-22, a Canon 200 mm f4-22, a Hanimex 28 mm macro lens f2.8-22, a 2x teleconverter, Canon 70-200 mm macro lens f3.5-22, along with a series of different filters to go with them.
I like shooting with film because at the end of a roll its almost like a surprise to see what you get. I mean of course you know what you take a picture of, but when its developed, it doesn’t always turn out how you anticipated. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Also, even though its a lot more work, I like having to do everything manually by choosing my f-stop, shutter speed, taking the proper readings, focusing, etc. I think it’s what makes me a better photographer and helps me improve the pictures that I take.
Sometimes people tell me I should sell my photos too, but that’s really why I take photos in the first place. I aspire to be a brain surgeon, not a photographer. It’s just a hobby and something I like to do. I believe that the moment that you start asking for money is when you turn it into a job. If that happened, then I don’t think I would enjoy it quite as much.
“Every day may not be good… But there’s something good in every day” – Unknown