Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
This bank holiday I bought myself a new film camera to add to my collection - an Agfa Optima Sensor Flash. I found it in Oxfam for only £3.99 and although I'd never heard of the camera model before, I have heard of the Agfa brand (I already own an Agfa camera and use Agfa film) so I thought I might as well try it out!
The camera itself is really small and light making it perfect for carrying in my pocket for quick and easy snapshots. It has a fixed lens with a dial to change the ISO to match that of the film you insert, and 3 options for depth of field - close up, portrait and infinity. There is a pop up flash unit on the top which is really handy when photographing indoors, or even just on a cloudy day outside! The shutter is a lever which you have to pull fully outwards, and then press the large red button to release the shutter and take the photo. It all seems pretty easy at the moment and I got the hang of it fairly quickly, considering I'd never heard of this camera model before. It didn't come with a manual so I did have to Google a few things, such as how to rewind the film! However, seeing as I haven't yet used a whole film with it, I don't know how easy that will be!
I remember years and years ago when my dad bought me my very first camera - a gold Nikon OneTouch Zoom90. I thought it was the best thing ever and took it everywhere with me! After a few years, digital cameras came into fashion and I soon owned a tiny pink one the size of a credit card. Film was quickly forgotten about and when my pink digital camera failed me, instead of going back to my trusty Nikon, I ventured further into the field of digital photography. Now, at least 10 years later, I have rediscovered my beloved Nikon film camera and have decided to get back into analogue photography.
Although I do love my digital Canon EOS camera, and have to admit the things you can do with them now are pretty amazing, I am still amazed at how good images from film cameras are! It shows that fancy settings aren't always necessary to get a pleasing result.
I now own 5 film cameras - my Nikon OneTouch Zoom90, a Polaroid 600 Extreme, an Agfa Super Silette, a Canon EOS 300v, and a Polaroid PZ2001.
I love them all but for different reasons, and they all capture very different results.
Nikon OneTouch Zoom90
My original film camera that began my love for photography. I love it - it's my "go to" film camera if I need some quick shots. It's so easy to use and produces sharp, detailed images. With a choice of settings between Auto Flash, Infinity, No flash, and Slow Sync Flash you can get the effect desired without having to worry about changing too many settings. You can also choose Macro mode for close up shots, but it can sometimes be difficult to frame properly in this mode if you get too close, because the lens sits below the viewfinder so you have to remember to tilt the camera slightly to get the subject in the middle of the frame. The camera also has self timer so group shots are easy to take as well.