Six years ago, when I took up photography, resisting the lure of digital photography, intrigued by the possibility of taking black and white photographs that could be enlarged to poster-sized prints, I bought a used medium-format twin lens reflex camera, a Yashicamat 124, possibly 30+ years old, surely based on technology reaching back to the 1930s.
Those initial explorations of composed,
mostly static, subjects, however, in time came to merge with a desire
to explore motion. So I ventured off into the film world of 35 mm.
Portable cameras, more likely pocketable, action-oriented, on-the-fly
So from two medium-format cameras (one gets 12 shots a roll, another but 8) to my half-frame camera that gets a staggering 72 shots out of a roll of 35 mm film, I have a range of camera choices.
I realize I'm justifying six different cameras to take pictures; I wouldn't have to do this if I stated at the outset that I was a mere collector of camera technology.
But the overriding reason I have six camera is pretty straightforward: Fine, used film cameras are very cheap, compared to what their original owners paid decades ago. The shift to digital (and that includes virtually all professionals) led to a glut of used equipment on the market. The challenge is to sort out what's usable, what's nearly good as new, from what is not.
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