There has always been something special to me about the act of holding a camera up to your eye, framing it and focusing, then pulling that magical trigger “Click” and you’ve recorded an image nevermore in history. I may seem like a hardcore digital / new technology type of guy, but the people who really know me can attest that I really have a love and respect for the analogue. I have a collection of older cameras and lenses which I love to keep around.
There are times when I am feeling detached from my work, like I’ve kind of lost the love of photography and I will pick up one of these old cameras and walk around with them taking photographs… well I will do everything but take an actual photo. Due to budgetary constraints of using film, I do not shoot film any longer. I prefer the instant viewing, editing, and ability to produce something quick and easy. Working in the Dark Room was never my favorite thing to do, though I had many of great times in there with B&W and Color printing (The latter involving working in the pitch black). I actually still use my lenses from my fathers original Pentax Cameras on my Canon cameras today. They are all manual aperture, manual focus, but are built like tanks and are amazing for working with video and photo.
There does seem to be a new wave going through the camera manufacturers now though which they are creating these new Digital cameras that are built with Metal Construction, simple analogue style controls with dials on top of the body, are very small and have very unique qualities compared to the larger more expensive dSLRs. One camera that comes to mind is the only days old announced Olympus OM-D EM5. There has been speculation for months about a new camera coming from Olympus, but this one is definitely unique and interesting. It has the classic styles of the original OM line of SLR’s, but is a mirror less micro 4/3 sensor and is comparatively smaller than a Canon T2i. If you know the Canon T2i, you know that this camera is already small.
Also recently announced is the line of hybrid rangefinder cameras from Fuji. Starting with the consumer X10, and moving up to the X100, and the more professional model X-Pro1. These looking like very promising cameras with all manual focusing lenses and a classic look.
All of these new cameras look great and interesting, though they do not compete well with the Video Market. They are limited and lack many features I have on my Canon’s now, but one day I may decide to go ahead and pick one of these up as a small carry around every day camera. For now though I will keep pretending to shoot my old film, using my old lenses, and enjoying myself.