Fun With Film

Since catching the photography bug in 2012, I tried to start a collection of fully-functional vintage or unique cameras. The Nikon N65 was the first camera I bought for my collection. I bought it on eBay rarely used for only $18!

The nice thing about the Nikon N65 is that all my full-frame lenses work on this camera. This camera came out in 2001, just as digital cameras were still fairly new and expensive to obtain.

I bought film for the camera (Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800) shortly after I bought my N65, but the battery died pretty quickly before I took all 24 shots. For some reason (maybe because of things going on in my life), I didn’t bother buying new batteries, so the camera was sitting in my pantry for about 4 years.

In March 2016, I joined a local film photography group from Meetup.com. When I attended the first meeting, it opened my eyes to new possibilities of photography. After the meeting, I bought replacement batteries and continued shooting to finish the roll, but because I opened the back of the camera prior to shooting, it exposed the undeveloped film. The camera only allowed me to shoot 15 out of 24 exposures.

Here are a few pictures from a body painting event. I was a bit bummed I couldn’t shoot more when I heard the film rewinding, but the rain started kicking in, so it wasn’t too bad.

My next film photography project was doing shoots with models. I had to face the challenge of not seeing your shots on the screen until the film is developed. I did a shoot in black and white film because in the past before digital, photography students would start off with this medium. I made sure the model was wearing outfits with contrast in colors, as it’s seen better in black and white.

My ultimate goal with film is to shoot in medium format. I would love to shoot in digital medium format, but the camera alone costs about the same as a lower-level Mercedes Benz.