I can’t see the light

Dear Friends,

Do you remember the times when the number of pictures you could take was limited to 24? The times when you got all excited about picking up the stack of developed photographs at the pharmacy in town? The times when you noticed that you hadn’t put in the film right? The times when all you got from that fabulous summer vacation was 23 blanks and one shot with all pictures layered on top of each other?
That was fun, eh?

Me, barely having spent two decades on this pretty blue planet, I’ve grown up on digital photography: My problems look more like this:
“Oh no I forgot to charge the battery. There’s one bar left, maybe it’ll last me a couple more shots… — No. Wait. — It’s dead now.”
“My memory card is full! But I really want to take another picture of that cute dog over there. I can’t decide what to delete though.”

Anyway, I intended to learn. With a little help from my US-dad Dave, who is a professional photographer, I wanted to learn how photography really works. And the best way to do that is with an old-fashioned camera that uses film, that you have to manually focus and where you have to do all the necessary adjustement instead of some really smart automatic programm. So I went to find myself one of those.

I simply dug out my parents old Minolta. They hadn’t used it since digital cameras came around.  Unfortunately I soon had to find out that its light-meter doesn’t work anymore; that way being of pretty much no use at all.

Luckily the school I went to was clearing out the basement, giving away a bunch of things they didn’t need any longer, including old cameras that used to belong to the school’s photography club since it hadn’t existed for years now. Beside a “Fujita 66” and a plastic “Bedfordflex” that I though looked interesting, I snatched up a “Praktica Super TL” and two “Minolta SRT100X” in the hope that at least one was still good to use.
Guess what doesn’t work on all three of them? — Right. The light-meter!

Well, for now I’m back to the digital world ;P

Are you still using film-based cameras? Or have long abandoned it and gone digital?


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