Since I’ve been playing ‘with the big boys’ with my DSLR for a few months now, I’ve gotten more comfortable with using a digital camera with a lot more features than the average point and shoot. Getting more comfortable means starting to be more creative which is one of the reasons I got back into photography in the first place.
After reading Duane’s post about shooting film, I remembered my days in the darkroom in high school where I first fell in love with photography. Without sounding like an old man, things were definitely different in those days. Because you had to spend a fair amount of time (and money) to shoot and develop film, you tended to be more thoughtful of what you used that precious film stock on.
One thing that I always liked back in my film days was fisheye lenses. I always thought it gave a very interesting perspective on the world and was ‘just different’ from everything else.
So what does this have to do with Duane talking about shooting film?
Well, I recently came across a Fisheye Camera from Lomography and decided it was too tempting (and cheap) to pass up. A fisheye lens for my DSLR would cost more than I paid for it so that’s out of the question (for now at least). This seemed like an inexpensive way to play with a fisheye and dabble in film again.
I think like most people that get a new camera, the first thing you do once you open up the camera, is shoot everything that is boring in your house before you venture to outdoors with your new toy. I picked up a three pack of some cheap film (Fuji 200 ASA) that I’d use to test out the camera. The fisheye’s lens has a 170 degree view so you’re not quite sure what it will pick up until you do a few test shots…which you have to have processed and I chose to scan the prints myself:
Unfortunately, out of the 21 shots I took on the first roll, only a few turned out…I should have read the instructions (who does that?) that came with the camera which suggested you buy 400 ASA film….what can I say, it’s been awhile since I’ve bought film. The 200 ASA film was better suited for outdoors or with the flash.
So my second roll turned out much better…here’s a couple of examples:
One nice thing is that the fisheye camera fits nicely in my D40’s camera bag so I’ll always have both with me and can experiment more with it. My only complaint about the camera is that while the lens is great (especially considering it’s plastic), the actual camera itself feels really cheap and is marginally better than any disposable camera as far as build quality. I feel like I might break it just rewinding the film back inside the canister at the end of a roll.
So far I’ve been pretty happy with the results and it will only get better as I play with it more. Still not used to having to pay to get prints processed again…but you forget about that once you open that envelope and see how things turned out.
More of my fisheye photos can be found here.