Fighting the film addiction!

by Helen Hooker June. 26, 2019 748 views

It’s been a while since I had an education article published over on the Photoblog learning pages, but it’s like London buses – you wait ages then two come along in quick succession! My recent articles have been about two very different types of cameras. The first one, published at the end of last month, is all about DSLR cameras and how they could be the right piece of kit for you if you’re looking to push your photography. If you’ve been thinking about stepping up to an interchangeable lens camera, please do have a read and it may well answer some of your questions.

More recently I’ve been working on an article about another photographic passion of mine – film photography. Over the last couple of years I’ve built up a small collection of old film cameras, mostly fixed lens rangefinders. Using film again has been exciting and it’s made me think more carefully about the photos I take. In this article I share what I think are some of the best cameras you can still buy if you fancy going retro and shooting on film, either again or for the first time.

Fear not about the expense – none of them are priceless Leicas! Instead I’ve gone for a selection of cameras which can be found fairly easily and relatively inexpensively. Doing the research for this was great fun, although not without its pitfalls. While reading around the subject I came across the Yashica Electro 35MC – a model I’d never heard of before. Unlike its bigger brother, the Electro 35 GSN, it’s small and light and doesn’t seem to have found a cult following yet – so it’s still available cheaply. I was daft enough to do a search on eBay and found this little gem, which cost me the princely sum of £11.40, including postage – how could I resist?!

The camera arrived while we were in France, so I haven’t had a chance to run a film through it yet. It may be a little dusty and battered around the corners, but everything seems to work and I can’t wait to give it a spin this weekend. I’ll share the photos from it here in due course.

If you enjoy either or both of my articles, please do take a moment to share them with friends and on social media and perhaps leave a comment too.

26 June 2019

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Piotr Matura 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you, Helen - for this one and the last PB article. I enjoyed both very much.
And congratuations on the deal, this Yashica is one sweet little camera. Can't wait to see some photos!
BTW. If it's addiction, it is the healthiest one ever smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 12 months ago

I prefer to think of it as collection not addiction :).

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Nick Ambrose 1 year, 12 months ago

All I can say is, it's a good job you weren't with us on the walk through Portobello Road last Saturday. There were 4 or 5 stalls selling old film cameras. We would have had to hire a truck to get you home smile

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Nick Ambrose 1 year, 12 months ago

A nice little camera. I have considered buying one myself but have gone the route of sticking with the Olympus SLR and it's lenses route. Can't wait to see the results!

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 12 months ago

Love your addiction!  Last night I packed one of my Bronica 645's and a stash of film to bring up to the country.  My neighbour has a Hasselblad so we are planning some excursions.  Bring on the film!

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