Joys of film

Being a serial hoarder and nerdy gadget freak I have a few cameras… my two favourites being a 1980 model Canon AE-1 and a 1986 model Nikon F-501… the Nikon was given to my by my dad so has particular sentimental value as it was my dad that got me interested in photography when I was young..
Joys of film

The Nikon is a little fancier as it has AF and a motor drive… its still a little challenging at times of course but I have a couple of nice lenses with it which makes it nice to use..

I do however love using the AE-1… its not quite belt and braces photography as it does at least have internal metering and a Tv mode but I use it fully manual and use the light meter as you would an external one to help get the exposure handy

I have 50mm F1.8 and 70-210mm f4 lenses for the AE-1… the 70-210 is a push/pull zoom with a very sensitive focus ring… can make it quite tricky to handle but I have had films in both these cameras for nearly a year now so wanted to use them up…

Ideally I wanted to be a little more creative with the film cameras but I always seem to forget to take them with me when I go out so I took the AE-1 with me to Combe recently…

I love B&W images… they just seem to be so full of character outside of the subject material… its easy enough to create B&W images from any of my DSLR pictures but the great thing about using a film camera is how it makes you think… you really have to put some effort in to get the exposure somewhere handy, focus somewhere sharp, composition somewhere plausible and the thing I almost always forget to do… wind the bloody film on once I have taken the shot! 🙂

I actually have a motor drive for the AE-1 but I refer not to use it as there is something rather rewarding about having to wind the film on… makes it all part of the ‘film’ experience and hopefully makes me a better photographer.

I use a mail order company called Snaps Photo Services (https://www.snapsphotoservices.com/) to process my films… they are reasonably priced, will scan to 25mb TIFF files and burn them to a dvd…

I then import these into Lightroom and do a little ‘dodge and burn’… I tend to leave most of the imperfections in as thats part of its character… non of this insta filter nonsense 😉

Anyhoo… here are a few of the images from the two films… they are a mix of shots from the Nikon and the Canon cameras…

Shots from the AE-1… I used the Canon 70-210 f4 lens and Ilford HP5 Plus film for these… for the track shots I tried to prefocus on the apex… I couldn’t stop down too much as it was a cloudy day so a fairly narrow depth of field didn’t help but… I love the results all the same 🙂
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And now from the Nikon…
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Love the grain of the HP5… I have also used Kodak T-Max 400… I find that to produce a more detailed image so might run that in the Nikon and keep the HP5 in the Canon…

I love these cameras 🙂

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