My hobby is photography, and many of the photos that I post here are made with digital cameras. But my interest in photography started a long time ago, where photos were still stored on floppy disks and when your camera had 2 megapixel, you were the man. I believe the first camera that I bought from my own money was a shiny Canon Ixus 2 APS compact camera. I loved it, especially the cool panorama pictures that could be made.
A couple of years later I decided to swap my little Canon for a camera that offered more manual control, as well as a more versatile lens. The Nikon F55 did the trick, even though I had to get used to the crappy plastic body and lens. The build quality was compared to the Canon Ixus a stap backwards. But, the Nikon offered the manual controls I wanted, and I could use any 35mm film roll available.
Anyway, the Nikon I don’t have anymore. In 2006 I got my first digital camera, and after that I had many different kind of digicams, and still have one: my beloved Fujifilm x100. The camera is compact, the lens is amazing, the sensor is great etc. etc. The camera is actually unbeatable. But I still use analog cameras as well. I got quite a collection actually. My favourite cameras are:
- Minolta XD-7 black
- Minolta XD-7 silver
- Zorki 4K
- Olympus XA
Some other cameras that I got don’t work anymore or are less interesting for me.
With so many analog cameras, one must have many film rolls. I have at home many 35mm and 120 film rolls. Unfortunately many of them are expired. Two years ago I got from a family member 20+ expired Kodak Farbwelt (European Kodak Gold) film rolls. She found them somewhere at her work at the police station.
But now I have more film rolls than cameras. And many are expired. Actually, the oldest film rolls expired in 1993! And my biggest fear is that I take my camera, put an expired film roll in, go somewhere, witness the most beautiful scene/moment/light, and let the film roll screw up the colors and sharpness. So, what to do?
Actually I thought about it quite a lot lately. And even though I am afraid that those “out of date” film rolls will not deliver the correct colors or sharpness, I still think it is better to use them than to put them back in the box under the bed.
So, as 2014 is knocking on the door, what would be better than a good old fashioned “good intention” for January. What I will do with the rolls is not really clear yet, but that I will do something is. As soon as I have a cool idea I will post it here!