While searching for a sleeping bag yesterday I found something I??ve been trying to find for months ?? my very first camera! There it was sitting in its case at the bottom of the wardrobe in the spare room, buried under a duvet ?? the one place I hadn??t yet searched. My parents gave me this Ricoh 35FM when I was about ten years old and I used it until I got a more modern, automatic model in about 1994. Since then it??s been neglected, complete with a film inside ?? I can??t wait to see the pictures when I get it developed ?? I have no idea what I was taking photos of back then! It??s a very basic model. There??s a dial to set the film speed and one to set distance from your subject (nothing so fancy as a focus ring!) and then you press the button. Inside the viewfinder there??s a scale with what I now recognise as f numbers, although of course I had no idea what these numbers meant when I was a child. The battery is long since dead and I fear it won??t be completely light tight (the seals look decidedly perished) but I do fancy sticking in a new battery and film to see how it compares in reality with my fond memories of it. Watch this space…..
May 25, 2017