Shooting on film, and having a camera that works too

April 28th, 2015 | written by:
in: Hobby, Philosophy

I’m waiting for a package to come in the mail. It’s a Voigtlander (Cosina) Bessa – R3M rangefinder and an LTM to M mount adapter. I’ve been shooting film for years on antique and vintage cameras with varying amounts of success. Usually they either work well for a while and quit or they barely work as I fight to make images with them. I thought it was about time I buy a working camera to continue working on street photography. 

This time I’m buying myself a camera that isn’t three-times my age. I’m going to use my Canon 50mm f/1.8 LTM lens (previously attached to a FED 2 rangefinder) on it using the adapter. It’s a beautiful lens and it definitely helped keep the price of a new camera low since I won’t need to buy matching glass for it. Now all I have to do is make up my mind between color and black and white film. It’s true that I could just use my dSLR and shoot both black and white and color, whithout the added expense of film, but an SLR is a camera for a different type of photography (which I also enjoy), and there is something about shooting on film that I enjoy.

I know that someone will wonder why I didn’t buy an old Leica M3 for close to the same price as the Voigtlander. I would have, but they’re now pushing 60 years old and are still way too expensive. The Bessa, on the other hand, is fairly reasonable and still fairly new.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *