At the beginning of the year my dad very kindly gave me his old film camera. Oh boy did it bring back lots of memories when I finally got to hold it in my hands; something we were never allowed to do as children as “Dad’s Camera” was precious. It’s a Canon T70 from the mid 1980s and it accompanied us across three countries when we moved from Canada to Germany and then finally back to the UK, where dad upgraded to a fancy newfangled DSLR.
I’ve been interested in film photography ever since my brother bought me a Diana Mini lomography camera last year. I’ve struggled with the Diana though as I only ever get a handful of decent prints from a 36 exposure roll, which is not really cost-effective. I didn’t hold out much hope for the T70 either. It’s old and has spent the last 28 years gathering dust in dad’s attic but dad was amazed that the internal batteries were still working when he unearthed it. They don’t build them like that nowadays!
Over the last couple of months I’ve carried the camera around with me whenever possible and grabbed a couple of shots here and there. Just the ordinary everyday life stuff. Dog walks and sunsets. Puddle jumping and weeding the allotment. Here are just a few of my favourites. Completely unretouched, with all of the dust spots and lens flare intact. I love them!
I am thoroughly addicted to film photography now and find myself grabbing the T70 more than my DSLR. Rolls of film are reasonably cheap and there are still plenty of places that process film so it’s not a terribly expensive hobby. You can buy a T70 on eBay for a little under £40 which makes it cheaper than the Diana Mini and in my opinion it’s much more reliable. Every one of my 36 shots produced a decent print and you can’t ask for more than that.
I’m nearly at the end of another roll of film so stay tuned for more life through a lens.