WTF?! (Where’s The Film?!)

Jim Grey of Down the Road compiles an annual list of film photography blogs you should follow and this year I made the list. I’m honoured, but slightly embarrassed because most of my photography these days is digital. Still, a photo is a photo, right? I hope you won’t be disappointed by the paucity of film photographs if you came to this website by following the link from Jim’s list. Even if you are, please come back now and then to have a look at what I’ve been seeing, regardless of the medium. I’m still using film now and then, so film photos will be showing up from time to time.

Bus 220 to Downtown

This photo was made with a Fujifilm X-T3 (film’s in the name!) on a wet, gloomy day a couple of weeks ago. The back seats of Korean buses are quite high because they sit over the engine. I managed to photograph the back window a couple of times before a young woman scarpered out of her lower and more comfortable seat into the back bench when a group of grannies got on at an apartment complex and started rushing the chairs. I always sit right at the back of the bus because the step is high and I’m not in danger of having to give up my seat to the elderly, who can’t get up there. I know, horrible person . . . .

Bakery Trays

A downtown bakery stores its delivery trays behind this shutter. It’s right at a crosswalk, so I sometimes photograph this scene while waiting for the light to change, getting many “What’s that mad foreigner up to?” looks. Well, I often get that look regardless of what I’m doing, so I may as well do what I like . . . .

You can stop reading now if you only came to look at a couple of snaps and don’t care about cameras.

These are very likely the last photographs you’ll see from the Fujifilm X-T3 on this website. It’s a fine camera, but I find these days that EVFs are making my eyes tired. So I decided to get rid of it and buy something with an optical viewfinder. Not only that, I wanted to reduce my camera collection to a bare minimum that I would use. The ideal kit I had in mind would consist of a film camera, a high megapixel digital camera with primes for slow and thoughtful photography, and a small and light camera with a zoom for travel and putting in my bag every day. I started selling and buying, and when the dust settled I had three Nikon cameras on my shelf. An F6 with 28, 50, 85, and 180mm prime lenses; a D810 that shares the F6 lenses; and a new D7500 with an 18-55mm vibration reduction zoom lens. The D7500 can use the primes, but at a 1.5x crop. I probably won’t bother. I bought a standard prime for the D7500 for those times when I want something light and simple.

I’m in a bit of a photographic slump at the moment (my previous post was almost a month ago), but when the rainy season ends I hope to be out and about with the new camera getting used to it and, with luck, producing some photos worth sharing.

7 thoughts on “WTF?! (Where’s The Film?!)”

  1. Well done Marcus – I looked at his site to see if he had an archive of previous lists, but couldn’t find them.

    As for Nikons – you’ve done exactly what I have been contemplating myself . . though this being said, I’ve discovered I really am not fussed about 35mm (sic) format these days . . think I have finally completely gone over to The Square . . .

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    1. No more square for me because I sold the X-T3. But the Nikon D810 has 5:4 format, which I like even more. And the camera allows about 16×20 without enlarging, which is larger than I usually print.
      Having less choice feels very good, I have to say. No regrets over selling off the other stuff. And I’m very happy with the optical viewfinders.

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