After a recent visit to a vintage market in Salisbury, I came back with a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. This was a popular 35mm film rangefinder camera in the 1960s and 70s. It had a super fast F1.7 lens that gave great images and one of the most technically advanced built in light meters and electronic shutter of its day. It was in perfect working order and for £40 was a bargain. Having studied photography at Art College and worked as a professional using film, I felt very much at home with this in my hands. Sadly, as my own darkroom was boxed up and sold many years ago when I moved to digital, I no longer have the pleasure of wet processing. However, Ilford produce a great B&W film Ilford XP2 Super 400 that can be processed in a lab using colour C41 processing for around £4 per roll. I also still hand my Minolta 5400i Professional film scanner in the loft, so after a software hack as the original Minolta software no longer functioned on my Mac, I was good to go.
It’s been some years since I used film regularly and then scanned images to create digital files. I’m still experimenting with the settings options in the new scanning software before exporting them to Lightroom for some light editing. These are the first few results. They are not normally of the standard I put on my website but I though this might be of interest to those who would like to have a go with film and some of the vintage cameras that are available cheaply today. Do have a look at my blog for the full article click here