My film refrigerator is still full…
…and as long as the refrigerator is full, I plan to enjoy “camera walking around.” The fruits of my efforts are located in my gallery which is located HERE. My most recent film camera of choice is a Bronica SQ-A with a nice complement of lenses. I bought it from Craigslist for the embarassingly low price of $150 with lens, film backs, several viewfinders and all the original boxes. Then I added a 50mm wide, 150mm portrait, 250mm telephoto, more film backs and a 2x lens extender. The total investment? Less than $500 for a camera system that once cost over $5,000. Such is the state of film photography in 2014.
The camera switch was triggered by the failure of my old and relatively trusty Koni-Omega M. The Koni-Omega M is a rangefinder camera designed for fast, press-type shooting in the 1960’s. But it was always difficult to focus and had other drawbacks. Still, I took many treasured pictures with it. But unfortunately, it ate several rolls of equally treasured shots this summer. And the one thing I can’t tolerate is lack of reliability. So it had to go.
The thing I like best about “camera walking around” is that you must take your time to create good images. The terrible tyranny of “the next second” that digital serves so well, is not served or even allowed in film photography. Life is not simpler, but definitely slower. And that is a welcome relief.
Please visit my full gallery at the link above. I hope you are enjoying some camera walking around time this year! –Don Merz
All text copyright 2014 by Don Merz and PhotoBurrito.com.