I have a drawer in my refrigerator that is packed full of 35mm and 120 film that has been calling my name for the last couple of weeks.
I also have this 1959 German Voigtlander Bessamatic that I bought 7 years ago on Ebay for less than $30. I tried it once back then but my results were drastically underexposed and I couldn’t figure out why. I did a little more internet research to find out people love this camera and especially the lens quality. The design is very cool, a really solid camera weighing in at about 2 pounds. Also after more research I discovered a vital piece of information on operating the exposure meter that clicked in my brain as to what I was doing wrong the first time!
So with summer here this should be a good time to experiment a little with film again. I can’t imagine ever totally going back to film. The process is just too slow for most of what I do these days. But knowing I don’t have unlimited shots, that I only have 12, 24 or 36 chances definitely makes me look more carefully through the viewfinder and to choose the moment to press the button with more thought.
For more on the Bessamatic click here.
See full post here: The Phantom Darkroom2013-07-11.