So this year I got close to owning 50 cameras. I know there are those that own way more than that (or have) but for me it’s just a little too many. To settle this, I have been trying to whittle the numbers down and pass some cameras on to new owners; I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be and for some of them its a painful experience to let go.
It’s also not helped by me continuing to acquire more 😀
In the process though I am identifying the few cameras that I really like, use regularly and expect to do so more going forward. Those few will get (or already have had) a CLA so I can be sure they are in good shape to provide me with years of enjoyment and reliability.
So what are those few favourites and why do I like them?
Film 5 was Kodak Portra which I shot in my Miranda Sensorex as it’s last hurrah before it goes up for sale. I have two and only need one, the other is away for CLA and so once it gets back should be in top shape; this one which works really well can find a new home.
I do like Portra; it’s becoming my preferred choice for colour film photography.
I found this odd structure down in LA; it seems to be a 30 foot periscope of sorts. I suspect the mirror at the top isn’t the original as it is not very effective. The weather was dry (ish) and I managed a few shots.
I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.
The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.
I mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts here and here.
I have put two films through this camera and it has quickly become a favourite. I have been eyeing up Mirandas for some time but I didn’t really have what I felt was a justification so not taken the plunge and then I saw this one for $20 and thought “why the hell not?”
I had no expectation of buying this camera and it is not a camera that I sort out. In all honesty I almost literally stumbled across it. I was out for a lunchtime walk with my Pen-F and came across a house running an estate sale. I am someone who likes to rummage in this kind of thing and see what interesting things I can find. As I walk in the door the first thing in front of me is a table with a few cameras on it; this one, a 500 DTL and a compact which I can’t now remember. The condition of this one is excellent (as was the 500) and everything seemed to function.
Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here
This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm. Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.
Hi I'm Martin Smith, a amateur photographer that likes to shoot solely film. I use black & white with the odd colour image thrown in and mainly use a Leica M4-2 with Summicron 35mm and 50mm lenses. I tend to shoot anything I like, objects, scenes, landscape or street life.