I’ve been telling various friends and fellow photographers about this stuff for a couple of weeks, now, and it seems to me that I ought to pull it all together in one spot, so I don’t have to keep telling everyone separately. So, read this stuff …
Most of us, in one way or another, have been into photography for some time, and the advent of digital is not so far in the past that most of us don’t remember it. In fact, many, if not most of us, had some pretty fair film equipment for a while before the first didgies came out (Imagine that! A million pixels! WOW!). Lots of this old film equipment was top-of-the-line, or pretty close, and (if you’re anything like me), it caused and causes a twinge of regret, if not guilt, at the thought of these works of mechanical and optical art sitting on a dusty shelf in a dusty closet, getting old and deteriorating, unused.
After all, there was nothing wrong with them the day before digital photography swept the globe. Now, don’t get me wrong; I love digital. I was delighted to take it up, because, some years before, I was forced to put my good ol’ cameras away, because I was poor, and film and processing went through the roof. See my profile. Digital gave me a chance to shoot again … only 4 MPixels, but it was a floor model, on sale for $100 off. I was on wheels again … well, figuratively, anyway.
I’ve kinda been stewing about those cameras and lenses in mothballs for quite a while, and then I ran across this article by a photographer that I respect, and it started me thinking. And everyone I’ve told about it seems to find it inspiring, if nothing else. Here’s the article:
He’s not offering to give you a didgie, nor is he going to tell you where to go out and get one; he’s telling you how to use your good ol’ film camera digitally. If you haven’t got one, you can probably pick one up on the cheap. Various localities may not have a Costco, but they’ve probably got something similar … I know my local Walmart has some sort of processing/scanning service, for 29¢ each, last I looked. There are probably others, Brits have Tesco, f’rinstance.
Anyhow, read the article, and do what you want.
And … this has just come to my attention. It seems to be an appeal for crowd-based financing, as such things are done these days, and the idea is VERY appealing. I STILL don’t have the money to jump in on this, but if I had, I’d be there, you betcha.
Well, there it is … read the article, see the vid, and (as Augustine says) do what you like.
OK … There seems to be a problem with the links. Very strange. Try ’em, and if they don’t work, copy=>paste ’em into your address bar. They seem to work OK, there.
Thanks for your indulgence.
FOUND THE PROBLEM: Words found it; it’s due to the fact that the entry of a URL form adds its own http:// onto the URL that you enter. It doesn’t show when you read it, but it’s there, all right; you can see it in the “EDIT” page. I took ’em out, so they work now.