Over the weekend I went to a car boot sale. And if you ever want a classic 35mm or any older camera you should go to your closest car boot sale; there were boxes and boxes of cameras. I guess a large majority might not work but you are only paying a couple of quid for the camera so it could be a good decorative piece if all else fails!
Anyway, I bought a 50 year old Kodak Instamatic 50. This is truly a classic camera, it uses 126 film which I managed to track down and it is now loaded in my camera ready to be used. Looking at all the old cameras at the car boot sale got me thinking about how I got started in photography. One of the first cameras I used was just a simple point and shoot 35mm camera that my parents bought me. I then read an article about how times have changed, it made me feel really old, but it was true and brought up some points which made me think. One of them was that children today can get really cheap digital cameras to use, and when I started as I said it was a basic 35mm snapper! However as much as I am a huge technology lover and any new gimmick or piece of techy equipement I want it! But it is so nice to just go back to your roots and shoot with film. It is how some of the best photographers in the world learnt the basics, it is how I learnt the basics! I still shoot film today and I use my mom’s first ever camera she got a Ricoh KR-10 Super, and it works perfectly, I would go as far as to say I reckon my children will be using it! What was your first camera? I would love to hear what you used!
I will post up some photos from my Instamatic 50 as soon as I get some shots and develop the film.
126 film loaded and ready to go