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Getting back to "old school"...

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.

Comments

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaover 4 years ago

    Good for you. Can’t wait to see the new stuff!

  • I just can’t wait to get back to shooting film again! I found an old o-l-d roll of 120 film for my Bronica, its at least 8 years old and has been sitting in the bottom of a box in a cupboard on the verandah.

    I can’t wait to see how that will turn out.

    – BYRON

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    ((happyhugs))
    Awww….too bad about the Sony…but your plan to use film is BRILLIANT!! And process it at home? So cool! there’s nothing like B&W film…
    Can’t wait to see!

  • yeah, I am sad about the dead camera – I sooo loved that toy, but at the same time excited about a whole new world. [and saving money, and using my most favourite camera ever!]

    – BYRON

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Since you’re not going to get the big $$$$ new camera maybe you could look at the Intuos thing. I did end up getting the small one.
    Dreamy.
    I’d marry it if it could drive and didn’t snore.

  • stuff the Intuos, I want the CINTIQ21…

    Only $1999

    – BYRON

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    ::faints::

  • uh-huh, uh-huh, you know you want it!

    21inch touch sensitive, pen angle sensitive, draw directly onto the image.

    Upload an image, create a transparent Layer, draw away!

    – BYRON

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    ::backs away slowly, knowing that one look, one thought, one_*touch*_ will spell her doom::

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Carp. Just when I had some suspense building I screwed up the typing. That touch was meant to be italicized.

  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooterover 4 years ago

    Byron,
    there’s an ebay seller myself and a friend have used a few times, who does brilliant prices for Fuji, Kodak, and Ilford in both 135 and 120. If the film bug really bites, his prices are generally one half to one third of many retail Australian outlets, so send me a BM if you’d like his details. And do try to grab a roll or two of RVP50 and Provia. First time you pop those big trannies on a lightbox it’s an amazing experience… Enjoy
    Cheers
    Brett

  • Thanx Brett, I have a good supplier of film here in Brisbane, prices are good, and I still have about 20x rolls of 35mm colour & B&W.

    I bought a lightbox a while ago, yeah when you look at those big colour trannies on the lightbox you get hooked like nothing you can imagine!

    – BYRON

  • AlisonJohnston
    AlisonJohnstonover 4 years ago

    I’ve thought about getting the old Minolta SLR out on a couple of occasions, but I guess I’m used to digital now. Can’t wait to see your results Byron :-)

  • Which Minolta SLR do you have Alison?

    – BYRON

  • Tim  Geraghty-Groves
    Tim Geraghty-...over 4 years ago

    Been thinking of picking up an old rolleiflex 6001 again myself, but the money thing gets in the way of getting the lenses that I want for it

  • yeah, lenses, but surely you can find some lovely old ones online somewhere, with digital technology all the good old stuff is really cheap now.

    – BYRON

  • AlisonJohnston
    AlisonJohnstonover 4 years ago

    I think it’s the 7000i, I’d have to unpack the thing to check. It hasn’t seen the light of day for over 6 years.

  • I’ve got two of those, but they finally fell apart… The plastic on the film cover cracked into pieces all by itself, but I guess they are now over 25 years old, and we all fall apart when we get old.

    Still, they are on display in my camera cabinet.

    – BYRON