Ladies and Gents
First post just wanted to say hello I can see already I am on a steep but very friendly learning curve!
Several months ago I decided I would like to take up photography as a principal hobby again after remembering the pleasure I got from my first 35mm SLR system (2xCanon A1's and a range of lenses). So having decided it had to be film or nothing I have been scouring all possible sources for something manual, quality and in nice condition.
Last week I saw a listing for a Yashica Mat 124G in "mint unused" condition. I decided to take a look even though I was feeling a little sceptical. It turns out it was absolutely untouched, as new, never had a single roll through it. I picked it up for £90 about $175. It is so nice even the wife said don't use it just put it in the display cabinet. Maybe she senses a bit of absenteeism on my part!
Well I have already aquired a light meter and some B/W Rollei filters B1 fitting are on the way from Germany. I am really looking foraward to using the camera I have been told Yashica Mats are a little soft at maxium apperture then at F8 they are fine is that right? Is the softness at F3.5 usable and effective in portraiture? I realise that the answer to my next question may already be on the forum but I am going out to buy stock in the morning what would be your reccomendation for a natural colour negative film for portraiture and a black and white film suitable for portraits using studio flash but equally suited to fine grain landscape work.
Thanks for your time looking forward to furthering my knowledge and sharing the journey.