A few rules to live by:
-Practice your craft
-When in doubt, overexpose (color negative)
Do you want to see how cheap film can be?
-First of all, get a camera. Buy one at a used camera store if you want to, but I’ve come across great cameras at garage sales, thrift stores, and more recently, friends! Ask your relatives, one of them is bound to have a camera stowed away somewhere, just begging to be used.
–Buy color negative film. It’s readily available at local grocery stores/Wal-Mart, and is easily processed. I prefer giving my business to a professional camera store, but just about any corner retail pharmacy chain should still offer 1-hour film processing and negative scanning.
The most I’ve ever paid for a camera:
$25.00 – Minolta Hi-matic 9, Pentax K-1000, Pentax A-3000, Pentax ESII. All came with lenses, most at thrift stores, one online.
The most I’ve ever paid for a lens:
$250 – Ernst Leitz 5cm Summarit f/1.5 LTM from a reputable local camera dealer, and it came with a 6-month warranty.
The least I’ve ever paid for a camera:
Free, but if that doesn’t count…
$2.50 – Fujipet EE garage sale
$5.00 – Pentax Spotmatic SPII with 1.8/55 SMC Takumar lens garage sale
The least I’ve ever paid for a lens:
Free, but again, if that doesn’t count…
$2.00 – Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 garage sale
$5.00 – SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7 thrift store
$5.00 – SMC Pentax (K) 55mm f/1.8 thrift store again
Really people, the deals are out there if you take the time to look…
-The League of the $5.00 Film Cameras
-Film Photography Has Never Been Less Expensive
-Five Reasons to Shoot Medium Format Film
-Are Digital Images Really Free?
-The “Film Cost Is High” Argument vs. Reality
And that’s it for now. More to come.