Now, don't get me wrong, I love my D90 and will not be trading it in anytime soon. However, my Canon 35mm EOS 500N is a nifty little worker. I got the shots back from Kodax today, one hour service and was very impressed with the shots. They look gorgeous, the sharpness of the lens was just perfect.
I spoke to my guru Nigel of Spectrum TCR LTD on Tottenham Court Road and he told me that the camera is fine and I don't need anything else for it, possibly a zoom, for now, it is good to go.
Considering how old this Canon model is, I am very impressed with it as a 35mm.
It struck me today as I was working with it, given the fact that this camera is 35mm and shoots 35mm film, technically speaking, I am working "FULL FRAME" on film Camera. Now, contrast that with my D90 Crop Sensor 1.5, I think I can now explore the full benefit of Full Frame Photography without the financial burden of purchasing a Full Frame FX DSLR Camera - at least for now. This is great news for me and my wallet.
Today was great because I went back to Camden Market and shot exclusively with this camera. Given the fact that I could not see the results of my shooting, I feel very secure because, I experienced feeling at ease working with this analogue Canon and working in Aperture Value Mode, Program and Manual Mode. I am in no rush to see the images, I will process them in a few days. For now, enjoy the slide show below, these are from yesterdays shooting along with the blog from yesterday.
Can you imagine my surprise when a bit of spring cleaning offered up a wonderful surprise?
I discovered a camera I purchased around 1996/97 - The Canon EOS 500N complete with camera bag.
I remember purchasing this camera for Christmas and using it on a number of occasion. What surprises me is that my passion for photography never took off at that time. As you may have read on this site, in the last year, my adventures into DSLR Photogrpahy has gathered momentum.
During my studies, I have come across many experts who have said that shooting film on a designated 35mm camera will improve my photography. The main reason being is that shooting film is expensive, so the composition and the emotion of the shot must be worthy for it to be a "keeper". When you contrast this with shooting digital, digital shooting can make for lazy photography. If you don't like the shot for whatever reason, you can always hit the delete button. With this camera, I don't know yet what my shots will look like because I have to take them to be developed, "oh what joy and expectation".
When I discovered this camera, I was delighted, it meant that I could really expand my appreciation for this wonderful craft. I purchased some film and during my activities today, the camera was around my neck and the first thing I became aware of was how light it is, really light, compared to my D90. It is quite small in size, nevertheless, it felt comfortable to hold.
This image was shot using my D90 and you can see the form factor, this camera is very cute. It can shoot in "Aperture Value", "Time/Shutter Speed Value", "Program Mode" or fully "Manual". It even has an Exposure Meter which means, everything I have learnt on my D90 so far, I can make use of on this film camera. The lens on this body is a 28-80mm - I have shot a complete roll today of 36 exposures and I have noticed already that the depth of field is quite good with the aperture wide open, resulting in good "Bokeh". I took a shot of a former student and a good friend of mine today so hopefully by my next blog post, I will be able to share the digital version of the prints once I have had them developed.
This camera, I can already feel, will sharpen my shooting skills and creative vision, simply because I will not have any visual evidence once the shot has been taken. Having to wait until the film has been developed means that my composition, framing and confidence in my technical ability will be down to my practice and comprehensive understanding of "ISO", "Aperture Control" and "Shutter Speed" manipulation. This is brilliant because I can no longer count on the digital feedback or post viewing after every shot -aka "CHIMPING".
This blog post will continue once I have seen the images so stay tuned to this post.
It's not every day you get to experience a little piece of history. On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I got to experience first hand one of the most iconic Cameras every crafted by the hand of man, "The Lecia Rangefinder".
This particular model has a manufacture date of around 1964 and belongs to my friend Paul Novak aka "The Grumpy Magician".
Paul was a commercial photographer for many years, shooting for magazines and he came with me, John Henry Blacksmith and Neil Stirton for my camera walk in Edinburgh last Sunday. It was a big thrill to see and hold an original Lecia in my hand - it was heavy metal. I could feel the beauty of the engineering in the palm of my hand, truly gorgeous.
This camera forced the photographer to work for his shots. There are no batteries, everything is springloaded, fully manual and it takes 35mm film so you couldn't see the image, you would have to wait to until the roll was developed before seeing your work.
This camera was the heart and soul of master craftsman Henri Cartier Bresson, he built his body of work and legacy using just this camera and a 50mm lens throughout out his entire career.
The Lecia brand is still going strong with more up to date range Finders and you will not get much change out of £2,000.00 if you want to buy one.
Take a look here for more details on The Leica Rangefinder.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015