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New year, new resolution


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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New year, new resolution

15 Jan 2021 9:37AM   Views : 356 Unique : 265


I donít know about you, but Iíve never felt less like a new year. Although the days are already longer (the year turned before Christmas, as far as sunlightís concerned), they lengthen slowly at first, only a minute a day at first. Now itís two minutes, soon three: and weíre off on the whirligig again. By the middle of March, there will be a rush towards summer, but it slows down then towards the next reversal in JuneÖ

The trouble is that mood lags behind the light, and possibly more so in towns than out in the country. And while 2020 isnít a year that any of us want to repeat, 2021 isnít feeling optimistic so far Ė at least in England, with a third lockdown, and record Covid deaths. It feels like much more of a struggle towards better weather than usual, and itís a time of year thatís singularly depressing anyway, with the bills coming in for Christmas, and work looking unappealing.

Retired, Iím tempted by the idea of a duvet month.

And then, at nine yesterday morning, came my new impetus to action: a big box, full of cameras that would otherwise have been destined for a skip. Thank you to Colin (nellacphoto) for thinking of me, and for sending them so quickly. In particular, thereís an example of Canonís first AF SLR, the EOS 650 Ė and with a fresh battery inserted, itís going like a good Ďun. My aim is to have a film through it and processed by Saturday, because I know of a young lady who has just discovered film camerasÖ

So it got me out for my daily walk early yesterday afternoon, and itís going to get me out today. Probably into the darkroom later on, and the scanner on Saturday. Iíve got plenty of confidence in the camera, which dates from the time that Canon were just starting to slug it out with Minolta over how AF should work. Before they split their range three ways (pro, prosumer, and consumer lenses and bodies), and choosing Canon kit got truly complicated.

A single AF point. Plastic body. Noisy lens. Nose to nose with the first AF SLR on the market, the Minolta 7000, and with significant differences in how the technology should work (Minolta opted for a focus motor in the body: Canon put one in each lens) and style (Canonís EOS range is futuristic, using the look of the pro-grade T90 from a few years earlier).

Neither would be my choice of camera, and Iíd be entirely happy to shoot with either. And Iím off and running for 2021. Cheers, Colin! This year, a tattoo convention, I really hope. I owe you a pint!


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dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
15 Jan 2021 9:52AM
And now I'm off to finish the film...
nellacphoto Avatar
15 Jan 2021 10:11AM
So pleased they found a good home

Colin Smile
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dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
15 Jan 2021 10:54AM
Cheers, Colin!

I shall aim to find equally good homes for all the other kit: the test film is nearly finished, and with luck, the camera will be in the post by this time tomorrow.
Acancarter Avatar
15 Jan 2021 11:43AM might just inspire me to get out my old EOS100... I've still got a few batteries... it powers up, the shutter works... needs some film... can I remember how to load it?... the LCD was only supposed to work for 10 years or so, but still as good as new. It is also feels remarkably light, even compared to my EOSR.
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.2k 2063 England
15 Jan 2021 1:52PM
There's nothing like a film camera, in the end...

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