The last three weeks has seen a reduction in productivity as I've occupied my time with non-photo work. I spent that time preparing for some photo work coming up this weekend. I'll be photographing little league sports and selling 5x7 photographs of those games printed on site. I'll also offer larger prints for order. I also obtained a new 135mm lens for my Pentax K-1000 35mm film camera. When I first got this camera I had only the 50mm lens, but over the the year I've had this camera I found some great deals on lenses for this camera. This hardy camera is a quintessential student camera for aspiring photographers wanting to learn photography. It even takes great photos if you got the money for the film. Despite it's size, it's pretty hefty aluminum body gives the impression that what you're holding is incredibly valuable but these camera's are usually available everywhere for $100, cheaper than most of the school books you'd probably buy for your photo class.
Photographers born in the 90's have grown up to see the rise of the digital age. In a time of ridiculous shutter speeds, LCD screens, and massive data storage it is a challenging and tactical weapon. The DSLRs of today are essentially giant machine guns spraying bullets, and this beauty is your gran dads hardy bolt action from the war.
It'll shoot 1/1000 a second, as well as a having a Bulb mode. It's completely mechanical and doesn't require batteries to operate. It does however, require a small battery for it's internal light meter. As long as you keep the lens cap on and the camera out of high light areas while not in use that battery can last a year or two depending on usage. Some people have dug these cameras out of their attic storage some 10 years later and found the battery still in working condition.
The biggest benefit of using this camera is that it's 35mm, known to digital manufacturers as 'full frame' which is something we now have to pay extra for in the digital age. The biggest downside is well, it's film. You have limited exposures that you'll now have to send out to be developed, scanned to disk, then process digitally. Unless you're awesome and have your own development equipment, dark room, enlarger and photo paper.
I love using this camera, but I find myself using it less and less because the film and development costs.
For those that want to learn photography, get a film camera and hone your eye and skill. That way when you get your hands on a giant machine gun you know that all you need is one bullet. Let the others spray and pray.