Tag Archives: film

Integral Film – One Woman’s Impossible Obsession

As my college career came to a close I noticed my love for photography starting to fade.  Art school seemed to have squeezed me dry so I started to look for new ways to create beautiful images. I first fell in love with Polaroid–integral film–photography in 2008 but I didn’t know much about it.  I […]

Instant pack film and medium format cameras, or why I went to the dark side.

   A few months ago, I borrowed a Hasselblad for the sole purpose of attaching a Polaroid pack film magazine to its dignified body. Heresy, I know, especially for a first time Hasselblad user. It’s important that I tell you I am not a Polaroid user. I admire good work produced on Polaroids, but I […]

Student cameras – Minolta SRT 101

Minolta SRT 101 Burly and reliable, this early entry in the SRT line is built like a tank.  One of the most important aspects of this camera is its sheer heft – a very popular choice among those who plan (or don’t, hey accidents happen) to put their camera through heavy use.  While we cannot […]

Student cameras – Olympus OM-1

Olympus OM-1 From a design standpoint, the OM-1 is the most unique of the five cameras on this list. Olympus set about redesigning the SLR from the ground up, and with their first entry into the field, they did an excellent job breaking from the rest of the pack. The first important (and most noticeable) […]

Student cameras – Nikon FM

Nikon FM I will admit right from the start, I am biased toward the Nikon FM.  My first SLR was (and still is) a Nikon FM2n.  I love that camera.  I loved it from the beginning and that admiration grew at the same pace I did as a photographer.  Personal bias aside for a moment, […]

Student cameras – Canon AE-1

  Canon AE-1 Perhaps the second most popular student camera after the Pentax K1000, the AE-1 was introduced in the same year and enjoyed a production run of a decade – not too shabby really.  While it is not as simply and elegantly designed as the K1000, the AE-1 is still an easy camera to […]

Student cameras – Pentax K1000

  Pentax K1000 There are few better places to start this list than with the K1000.  The K1000 is often referred to as “The student camera”.  Note the capital “T”.  The K1000 is the embodiment of simplicity.  Originally introduced in 1976, the camera enjoyed a production run lasting until 1997.  This bit of history is […]

Introduction to buying a student camera

Just started that new photography class and your teacher has sent you on a mission to acquire a manual camera?  Or perhaps you’re a parent and your child came home today with a list of camera needs half a page long and you are uncertain of where to start?  The following will be a series […]