Today marks the date that film photography rumbles back into my life, and here’s how it happened.
About a year and a half ago I was in search of a 35mm lens for my Sony NEX camera. I had heard that old Minolta manual focus lenses were a popular and inexpensive option for those wanting to expand their kits, so I researched it, and found one. The lens I found was in great shape, and it just so happened to be selling with a Minolta SRT-101 and a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. How much you ask? It cost me about $35 plus a couple bucks for shipping from Ebay.
Now, unfortunately I have forgotten everything I once knew about film, but thankfully, I didn’t really know very much to begin with. So, I grabbed the cheapest film I could find, some Lomography XPro Chrome 100, loaded up the two cameras, and headed out to see if they even worked.
It has been a long time since I’ve used a film camera, and I had forgotten how relaxing and peaceful it was to shoot film. I’m happy to say that I love it, and that I think I’ll continue with it.
Here are some of the first images I shot with each camera.
Minolta SRT-101 & Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100
Yashica Electro 35 GSN & Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100
It’s tough to tell which camera I prefer after this initial test run. Though I like the light weight and the super fast lens of the Yashica, I think I prefer the handling and complete control over the manual features of the Minolta.