July 11, 2017


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Paris- Garden of the Pont Neuf - April 2009 - Nikon F3; Nikkor 24mm

Paris- Garden of the Pont Neuf – April 2009 – Nikon F3; Nikkor 24mm

This blog is about photography. About old film cameras, and the pictures you can still make with them.

Like anybody else, I use digital cameras. They’re convenient. But I also love shooting with film cameras. It’s a different experience, and using different tools make you see the world differently.

Nobody makes new film cameras anymore. But there is such an ample supply of nice second hand cameras that finding one you like is not a problem.

Film cameras are now extraordinarily cheap, and as long as you’re in no hurry to see your images and don’t take too many pictures, using SLRs or rangefinder cameras from yesteryear is a rewarding experience.

In the nineteenth century, photography did not kill watercolor painting and cars did not drive horses to extinction. In the nineteen eighties digital watches did not kill mechanical watches, and vinyl records are making a comeback 20 years after CDs were launched.

People paint, ride horses, wear mechanical watches and play vinyl records for a multitude of reasons, some of them unsuspected 150 or 20 years ago. And they will still be shooting film 10 years from now.

I love taking pictures, I love old cameras, and that’s all it is about. If you’re in the same frame of mind, welcome.





  1. “Nobody makes new film cameras anymore.”

    Don’t tell Cosina Voightlander or CameraQuest that. They’re doing box office business selling low cost rangefinder bodies and lenses.

    Comment by Chris — May 18, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    • Chris,
      I don’t have any figure or information to help me make the difference between what’s really being built from new parts, what’s simply assembled from an inventory of parts that will not be replenished, and what’s delivered today after having spent a few years in a warehouse.
      At this stage, film photography is a niche market, and the quantity and quality of film cameras on the second hand market is such that there is probably no commercial justification for designing and manufacturing new 35mm cameras. There may be room for specialty cameras (medium format, toy cameras) though.
      I looked at your Web site. Very beautiful pictures.

      Comment by xtalfu — May 25, 2010 @ 2:22 am

  2. Always nice to find people using old film cameras.
    I really enjoy going through your website, keep up the good work!


    Comment by Pan Giannakis — July 31, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    • Pan,

      Thank you for your encouragements. I’m in an “Olympus OM” phase at the moment. Be prepared to read more about those wonderful SLRs in a close future. Along with reports of my desperate search for affordable photo lab services – now that Costo has stopped processing film in the area where I live.

      Comment by xtalfu — August 24, 2010 @ 3:43 am

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