First off, this isn't a Film vs Digital blog. It's just my ramblings about getting into film for the first time in 16 years. Secondly, this is mostly a post about gear, and the wonderful experience of using a particular camera.
I'd been considering purchasing a film camera for some time, as an alternative to my Fuji XT-1. I wanted something different that would give me options.
So why not get a full frame DSLR or Mirrorless like the Sony?
I felt the difference between a crop sensor and full frame just wasn't big enough. It was a baby step in the grand scheme of things - I think you can fit the equivalent of 4 crop factor sensors into the 6 x 6 format! I'm also very happy with my Fuji kit and love the results. I have no desire to displace it what so ever.
Plus, there's the film element. Although many programs emulate the results of film these days, I wanted to explore film again. It's offers different options at every stage of the image making process. Coming from a painting background, I sometimes feel the end result of a print is too consistent, with each image being precisely replicated any number of times. I want to explore alternative printing processes in the future and I think film will be a key part of that journey.
I had been considering a Holga for some time. I'm a fairly laid back character, and am happy for things to not always be perfect and to go with the flow. In this respect the Holga would have been perfect – light leaks, multi-exposures and ISO... What's that? They're also medium format.
However, during a photography trip to Suffolk with Damian Ward, I had my first encounter with a Hasselblad. A 500CM to be precise. A mechanical chrome and black box of delights. A shutter that's sounds like a being fired. Glorious.
After a few false starts, some red herrings and some guidance from Damian and Andrew Atkinson, I finally had a Hasselblad with an 80mm f2.8 in my hands.
I wanted to shoot black and white and did the usual internet research and looked at forums to see which might be a good starting point. Bad idea. Information overload and too many 'opinions'. So, I settled on Fuji Acros 100. Why? I liked the new Acros sims on the Fuji cameras. Simple as that. I'll get flack for saying that, but you have to start somewhere.
Over the course of a week, I went to some of my regular locations and did a couple of still life shots. The normal things people do when they get a new camera (no shots of feet though. Anyone that has got a new camera knows what I'm talking about. You're sat of the sofa, new camera in hand, and you take a picture of your feet, and marvel at how wonderful the results are).
Each time I went out with the camera, the experience was great. The square format, the focusing screen, the sound of the shutter. It was delightful.
I was making notes as I went – recording the light meter readings, aperture and shutter speed for each shot. Doing this now, was going to be key to learning how to use it properly. I would review the developed shops against my notes, and adjust my processes accordingly.
n.b. I used my fuji xt-1 and a light meter app for metering, and both gave consistent results. V. surprised by the app.
Anyway, here are some shots from the first roll of film, taken with the Hasselblad on Fuji Acros 100.
Nothing special by any means, but I really can't wait to get out shooting!
Thanks for reading :)