Canon AE-1 Program: My Intro to Film Photography

August 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Not too long ago I got a hankering to try my hand at film photography.  Nowadays everything is digital, and some would say that "film is dead."  But the more I read, the more I keep hearing about how using a simple film camera really can improve your skills as a photographer, since you have to slow down and focus on producing the best quality images because there is literally a cost involved in every shot.  You can't just fire away and delete 90% of your shots, hoping for something good just by luck.  

 

I use Canon digital gear, and so I decided to get a Canon film camera.  But ya know, it's not really necessary to stick with a brand when you get an old film camera - the old "FD" lenses used on film cameras aren't compatible with newer Canon DSLR's anyway, so in a future posting I'll share another little toy I recently acquired that's not Canon.  

 

Check out the simplicity of this old-school camera:

 

80's simplicity

 

Talk about simple!  Set the film's ISO rating, choose a shutter speed and aperture, wind the film, manually focus, and shoot!  Yep, manual focus - no auto focus here.  

 

And I got this old gadget along with 2 other lenses and a flash from eBay, all for....  $38!!!  Not too shabby!

 

A nice eBay find

 

As I get the film rolls developed, I'll be sure to scan some of them so I can share them with the world.  Stay tuned!  Till next time, go snap a picture or two!


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