My "new" film camera

My "new" film camera

I’m taking basic photography at Citrus College, which is mainly film-based. We need to develop film and make our own prints.

My Pentax ME Super[1. My mom gave me her old camera.] has ticked me off for the last time. I’ve shot through about five rolls. A lot of photos weren’t exposed properly. To make things worse, a couple of those rolls weren’t winding after a certain point.[2. I threw away a lot of film because of that.]

I promise I was following what its meter told me! And yes, I tried metering with my Canon EOS 40D and they essentially matched.

Since some photos were turning out just the way I imagined, I don’t think it’s a broken meter.

I digress.

I was jealous of my classmates’ correctly exposed photos. A couple of them had Canon cameras that supported EF lenses. Why not me?

So, I started searching for a Canon 35mm film camera. I got close to buying a Canon EOS Rebel G for $54 from a nearby eBay seller.

Fortunately, Gerald heard my plea on Twitter and gave me his unused Canon EOS Rebel XS (35mm film SLR)[3. Body only. I already own that lens.]. Thanks man!

Perhaps I’ll send him my best print of the semester as a gift. Of course, I need to pull that off first. 😉

Bonus: My current lenses will work with it — score!

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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