Recently my favourite toy – a Konica Minolta 7D DSLR died. It does everything perfectly, except for one vital thing… take the actual picture.
The worst thing though is that since SONY bought out Konica Minolta a few years ago, there is no longer any real support for KM cameras and parts are near impossible to find. [all my camera equipment is KM gear]
In the past I would have just dropped $8-$10K on a credit card and bought the best bit of gear available. But years of frivolously spending money on musical equipment and fancy cameras has taken its toll, and I really can’t justify being so financially irresponsible anymore.
So what to do?
Firstly, I am not the most prolific photographer. I don’t take that many photos, mostly because I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing.
Secondly, using digital for the last 4 years has taught me more than I learnt in the previous 10 years with film because of the instant-feedback you get with digital. The end effect is that now I am so much more comfortable with my art that I can return to film without the need to be able to shoot unlimited frames.
Thirdly, I still have two perfectly good film cameras: a Minolta Dynax9 35mm Pro SLR, and a Bronica ETRSi 6×4 Medium Format.
So I am going “old school” for a while… in fact I am going to get into processing my film at home too, which is dead easy and quite cheap. Then I will scan my negs into my computer for post production work. I figure I could spend an awefull lot of money on film and processing chemicals before I get half-way towards the cost of the sort of DSLR that I would be happy owning.
Film will allow me to slow down again, take my time, and enjoy the process. It also means I can get back to using the beautifull B&W film stock I have always loved.
I haven’t been this excited about photography in ages.