A wrap-up of my life in film photography: 2022

Trunk sleeps three. The Cully, 2 Dec 2022 Camera: Minolta XD5 Lens: Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 Film: Ilford HP5+

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:

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.

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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.


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