In the new year I finally got a battery for my Asahi Spotmatic SP camera that had been hibernating for over two years. Loaded with the Super Takumar 35mm 3.5 and Fujifilm Neopan 400, I took my first roll of film since my Holga days and it felt good. I must admit that I do prefer digital out of convenience and editing capabilities but there’s something magic and pure about film that digital will never be able to emulate.
This post isn’t my two cents though about how film or digital is better, all I’m saying is that if you are learning or interested in photography but have yet lost your virginity to film, I recommend you get access to an SLR, a rangefinder, a holga or any medium format camera and learn a thing or two about photography and where it’s roots lie. And there’s no real excuse for not giving it a try either, there’s always a family member who had a camera you can borrow, maybe the creepy uncle or the hippie aunt who always had a camera and if there’s none of them in your family, there’s always ebay. As much as I love my K10D, I’m looking forward to using some of my other M42 lenses on my Spotmatic, especially the Helios 44-2 and the Jupiter-9.
Here’s a few more photos from the new year.