After a rather long hiatus (over two years!), I'm taking the plunge and getting back into film photography. My beloved Praktica LTL has been removed from the deep depths of my Lowepro Nova 190, dusted off, and had new film put in. There's just one problem....I can't for the life of me remember how to use it! It was my trusty companion for a long time, it came with me everywhere. I was well and truly obsessed, and now, all of a sudden, I've forgotten everything.
My Praktica LTL cost me about £20 on eBay, it was a bit of a risky purchase as the seller didn't know if it worked or not, but I went for it and was so happy to find it worked perfectly! It came with a lens which I wasn't too keen on, so I went back to eBay and bought a Helios 28mm lens for around £10. Best purchase ever, it's my favourite lens, it's just beautiful, it captures colours so wonderfully and is super sharp. Russians definitely gave us one thing; cheap but awesome camera equipment!
So the reasons why I'm exploring film photography again? See the photos below. Just the crispness and image quality that you really can't get from DSLR's. Also it's much more fun than digital photography!
This photo of Meyer Lemons in the old garden is one of my favourites. They may look like lemons, but they're actually a cross between a lemon and an orange, and they taste delicious! It took us ages to work out what they were, and lots of arguing over whether they were oranges or lemons, as they look like lemons but taste like oranges, but after some googling we finally found out that they're actually a cross.
I think the photo below shows the true quality of the lens; the colours, the sharpness - just look at the detailing of the creases and shadows on the green sweater C is wearing. My composition isn't great with this one as it's quite hard to get an 'au naturele' candid photo with a manual focus when you're pointing the camera right at the people you're photographing, so it's not exactly straight, but it's all a learning curve!
The photo below is of C taking a photo of me taking a photo of him. He used my Nikon D40X, I used the Praktica LTL. Underneath this photo is the one C took of me on my DSLR, you can see the difference in image quality straight away - the colours just aren't as sharp or crisp as the Praktica.
These two were taken at Ricey Beach on Rottnest Island, it's one of my favourite beaches, and I just adore how the camera and lens capture the different colours of the ocean and reef. When I was back last year, I found my GF3 made the colours of the ocean look quite washed out, they just don't even compare to these ones.
The next two were taken at Point Walter on the Swan River, I just love the old fashioned quality they have, and the one of me has the great depth of field.
Have you ever tried using an old fashioned film camera? If not you can get them super cheap on eBay, just make sure it works and isn't damaged, and don't pay too much! I'll be sure to keep you updated on my quest to return to film photography, and will upload photos when I get them developed.