Recently, a few readers emailed me to ask what kind of camera i'm using for my own film photography, so I thought i'd do a little introduction...
My film camera (35mm) is a Yashica FX-3 that my Dad purchased in the 70's. The other day when my Mom was helping me take some photos she mentioned she remembers when my Dad first bought the camera. Apparently, he was taking forever and she thought they'd never get out of the camera shop. That's just like my Dad to research every last one before purchasing.
He took the Yashica FX-3 with him when he travelled, hence the beautiful little fold-out trinket he picked up in Switzerland. As a kid I thought this was one of the neatest little items i'd ever seen (still do). Its miniature size and worn pages makes it look all the more whimsical (much better than an airport shot glass, right?). And so it remains, attached to the camera strap. Then, when I headed off to college, one of the requirements was to bring a manual 35mm film camera for our photography class. The Yashica had it's ups and downs mechanically, but we had it fixed up at the same shop my Dad bought it from all these years later, and even though I just came across it again in the last couple months, it's still working wonderfully!
I'm in the middle of learning manual photography all over again, as I just signed up for Amanda's Shoot by Design photography course which started today (great so far!). The funny thing though, is that I find when I have this camera out in public snapping photos, people think i'm far more experienced than I really am, lol. When I was taking pictures in a bakery with the Yashica, the employee offered to take items out of the case for me to shoot specifically, but when I was there with my digital camera, I was pretty much in the way. Interesting, isn't it? I think there's still a lot of merit to film.
Do you shoot with a manual camera?
Photos: My own