I’m just finishing up the third year that I’ve been back into film. It’s been a fun adventure, so far. This year I bought a few more cameras, sold or got rid of a few, and learned some valuable skills.
First, the cameras. I talked about my favorite three cameras for the year in an earlier post. What does my stable look like at the end of 2022? Here’s what I got. Any camera in bold is something I acquired this year:
- Minolta Hi-Matic 7s
- Minolta SR-T 101
- Minolta XD5
- Olympus 35 RD
- Olympus Pen EES-2
- Olympus XA2
- Ricohflex Dia
I find what’s interesting about the list is that all the cameras not acquired this year are from 2020, the first year I was back into film. 1 There were several cameras that passed through my hands in 2021, but they have all moved on, along with a few more I picked up this year.
Here’s what moved on this year. Cameras in bold italic mean they both came and went this year:
- Minolta Freedom Zoom 160
- Pentax IQZoom (Espio) 928
- Smena 8M
- LOMO LC-A
- Agfamatic Pocket Sensor 2008 (110 film)
- Reto Ultra Wide and Slim
- Ricohflex Model VII TLR
- Canon Snappy K (part of my “catch-and-release” program, where I buy a cheap camera, test it, and bundle it with a Bikes and Film Cameras membership for cheap)
- Samsung Maxima Zoom 105 (part of my “catch-and-release” program, where I buy a cheap camera, test it, and bundle it with a Bikes and Film Cameras membership for cheap)
The two big things that have happened in my photography life this year is that not only did I start to develop my own film, but I also went into the darkroom to made my own prints! Accomplishing both is a big deal to me, and I hope to do more of both in the years to come.
I also wrote another post at the great film photography site 35mmc. I intended to write more, but got distracted. I hope to write more over there and maybe other blogs in 2023!
As for Bikes and Film Cameras Club, we had two successful rides this year: the Pedalpalooza one in July and Night Photography in August. We welcomed nineteen new members as well. I’ll have a full year wrap-up over on that blog.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I talk about photography plans and hopes for 2023. Thanks for reading!
And if you want to read more about my film photography experience, go here.
1 Though technically the current EES-2 was bought in early 2021, after the first one failed. But it’s an apples-for-apples replacement, so I still think I got it in late 2020.
Hope you’ve had a good Christmas and enjoy a happy New Year and 20223.
Thank you! ☺️
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