I tried to pack as light as possible for our trip to Rome, which meant one digital camera with one 35mm equivalent lens, and one film camera with a 50mm 1.8.
The film camera I chose was my trusty Canon 650. I’ve written a much longer blog post about this (which should be published in a week or two) so I won’t go into too much detail about this film body, except to say that it’s a reliable hunk of plastic. I was confident that if anyone tried to steal it from me I could batter them over the head with it. Admittedly it’s not the lightest film camera I own, but one that guarantees results so I thought the trade-off was worth it.
The Canon 650 takes EF mount lenses and I had my favourite focal length of 35mm covered by my digital camera so I took my nifty fifty aka the plastic fantastic aka the Canon 50mm 1.8. The appeal of this setup is that it’s cheap (I think the lens and camera cost by less than £100 combined) and I couldn’t care less about damaging it, making it perfect for throwing into a backpack. I managed to get soaked by torrential rain at one point and was more worried about my passport getting wet than this camera.
I took three rolls of film with me - one Fuji Superia 400 and two Kodak Colorplus 200. Despite some of the backlash to Fuji lately for their film price increases, I don’t hold any hard feelings towards them. Ultimately they’re a company that’s trying to make a profit, and film photographers don’t need charity. That said, I don’t see myself buying much more of their film in the future, but that’s due to preferring the colours I’ve been getting from the cheap Kodak stuff over cheap Fuji stuff.
I absolutely love some of the colours I got out of these rolls, and I’m really excited to start shooting more film this summer. I don’t know quite what’s happened, but over the past few months I’ve really fallen for film in a big way. So much so, I’m prepared to overlook the cost and start investing in some higher quality films and a more expensive camera (more details on this to come, I’m sure).
Let’s hope for a sunny summer, and I’ll be able to shoot some of the rolls of slow film I’ve got sitting around in my living room.