Recently, the lovely Vickie over at A Pocketful of Dandelions shared some photos on her blog which totally captured my heart. They were taken on an old film camera (we’re talking circa mid eighties!) that was given to her by her dad. Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I’ve developed a love for film photography since being bought a lomography camera as a Christmas present. However, Vickie’s photos inspired me to trawl through eBay listings to find the exact camera she had used – the Canon T70. To my delight there were quite a few listed, for around £40 each. I then spotted one that was being listed by a charity for the measly sum of £14.40 – it was unchecked (and therefore there was no guarantee it actually worked) but I took a risk and bid on it anyway. At just shy of £20 pounds (inc. P&P), what was the worst that could happen? A little money given to South Bucks Hospice and no harm done!
I won the auction and the camera arrived to me a few days later. It was still in its original (and very retro looking) box, which was being held together with tape. I excitedly pulled the Canon T70 out and immediately inhaled that familiar and nostalgic ‘loft’ smell. That scent reminds me our old artificial Christmas tree we had when I was a child. Every year my dad dragged it down from the loft and each year it looked a little more worse for wear. We must’ve had that same Christmas tree for about 15 years. I digress.
The camera appeared to be in brilliant condition and as soon as I popped some batteries in it and a roll of film, it jumped into life. I then proceeded to take all 36 photos within a couple of days. I was desperate to check that it was all working OK and the only way to do that is to take photos and get them developed!
I got my first batch of photos back today and I’m super, super chuffed with them. There’s a few that are blurry and couple that are over-exposed but on the whole I was really pleased with the results. If you want perfection, stick with digital, right?!
Now that I’ve rambled on about this camera, I guess I should let the photos do the talking…
I’d love to know which photo is your favourite?