Quite a lot of these old film cameras are, for my purposes, unusable. If a camera starts giving me grief I get rid of it. (My beloved RZ67 had to go last year.) It's just not worth the time and expense to make photographs with a "maybe" camera or outdated materials.
There's nothing wrong with burning up some digital to help sort your thoughts, get you through a rut or just keep yourself busy. I shoot both film and digital every week and don't think I could live without either.
As one 63 year old grey matter to another, I have gone down that road myself. Now, I find myself going full circle, in an elliptical way. Been spending far too much time fussing about development, contrast, grain, etc. Too much thinking. Trying to get back to the image, just the pure image.
Every day I see something new, otherwise dead in the water, or just plain dead. Complications and schemes and plans at every turn, paradise right in front of us. Getting me out of the way opens all the doors.
Very sorry to hear about the cat. Might yet turn up, you never know w/ cats.
I've had those problems w/ old film cameras. It can be very frustrating. The solution? Sell the trouble makers and buy some "new" stuff! And Olde folders are great for this sort of thing. You can fix them your self, and as long as the bellows is tight and the shutter fires, you're in business. An old Nikkormat might be just the thing for 35mm too. I've also enjoyed my new found toy cameras (Holga and Diana). Light leaks? Out of focus? Vignetting? All part of their charm.
Maybe an eight to six earnest job ? More income less time to spend it
Thanks for the great idea on the deckle edge cutter. Just ordered mine.
You mean it's not supposed to work that way?
Your problem is the wife (?)
I have been reading David Vestal's "The Craft of Photography" that was written in the 1970's (way before the "Digital Revolution")
I find it clear, concise, and the illustrations are very well done. There are copies on www.used.addall.com for a few dollars. I have a lot of books on photography and darkroom work but this one is closer to what we might be able to do now. I also enjoy re-reading "Collecting and Using Classic Cameras" by Ivor Matanle. It's well illustrated with picture taken with the cameras and good descriptions of the cameras listed.
And there is a lot of darkroom equipment available on eBay and local Craig's lists.
Originally Posted by Bruce Osgood
Hope you post it
I posted this because I thought it looked sort of retro cool.
No shots of the rainbow, though. The light seal in the camera is deteriorating and all of the negatives came out with tons of artifacts on them (read: black spots) so that nothing was really usable.