A while back I decided to buy a film camera again. Not for doing any paid work – just for fun. I knew exactly what I wanted (I still want it), but then this baby showed up on ebay. Its a Mamiya 645 medium format camera from around about 1980.
Sometimes I feel a little more like a computer technician than a photographer with todays cameras. They do a lot of the work for you. Thats not a complaint – because today’s style of photography demands the ability to take lots of photographs pretty quickly.
Having this camera will hopefully teach me to slow down a bit. It’s totally manual, so the resulting photograph is completely my work. Thats quite rewarding actually. So before doing anything interesting with it, I just stuck a film in it and shot a roll of family. The battery died half way through which ruined a few of my shots – but I thought you might like to see them!
First, here’s the camera.
So here’s the first pic of my daughter drawing…