I put down the ol’ digital camera after picking up a freshly-CLA’d (Clean, Lubricate, and Adjust) Canon AE-1 film camera that came with a Canon FDn 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens. I had been wanting to shoot some 35mm film for quite a while, and I saw this for a good price, so I snagged it. My ultimate intention, however, is to get a Canon New F-1 as my main camera, and perhaps a Canon EF “Black Beauty” as a backup. I’ve always really admired how extensive the FD system was, and I started really focusing on photography years ago with my Canon digital camera, so I have a bit of a soft spot for this brand. That said… I instantly become a dog who’s spotted a squirrel the moment I see a Minolta or Olympus lens. Haha. I love it all, and I’m willing to bet it’ll be next to impossible not to pick up a Nikon F3 at some point or another. All this excitement, and I haven’t even mentioned medium format yet. :)
So, enough rambling. This will be a photo blog, and not a review (I’m not sure I ever want to do reviews again, as specs and test charts bore me. Oh, and I really wish that I could make this a YouTube video, but I don’t quite have the necessary equipment to get a channel going yet. I’m working on it, though!). I wanted to get back to the roots of photography, where the camera features don’t go too far past the exposure triangle. I had concluded a while back that I didn’t need things like Wi-Fi, GPS, or an overload of automatic modes in my camera, and this new setup makes me really happy. Let’s get into it!
Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400
I picked up a 4-pack of Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 at our local CVS Pharmacy, as it was cheap and readily-available. I’ll definitely be trying out some pro-grade film soon (stay tuned for future posts!). I loaded up the Fuji in my Canon AE-1 and shot it at the box speed of 400 ISO. Seeing as it was my first time experimenting with this film, I didn’t want to under/overexpose it just yet. I shot everything in full manual mode, and had the film developed/scanned by The Darkroom photo lab based in San Clemente, CA. I’m going to set up my own darkroom at home, eventually, but I’m currently planning for a move out to Colorado in a few months.