My love for film photography grows…

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?

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  1. Avatar April 6, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Jenna these are wonderful! I love all of them but my favourite is the one of you. Just beautiful! Vx

    • Jenna April 6, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Vickie. I’m so pleased you like them. I’m in love with the camera and I can’t wait to take more photos with it. xx

  2. Avatar April 8, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Jenna these are really fab photos! My favourite has got to be Heidi by the daffodils, the colours are so bright. I look forward to seeing more of your film photos xx

    • Jenna April 16, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess. I took quite a few of the daffodils but sadly those were the ones that ended up being over-exposed. I’m glad the Heidi on turned out well though. I’ve already been snapping away using my next roll of film so watch this space! :) xx

  3. Avatar April 10, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    These are amazing! They all look great. I got an olympus trip 35 on eBay for about £15 which I love, it’s great. I really should use it more.

    • Jenna April 16, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Ooo another camera I need to look up! ;) £15 is a bargain too. I’m going to try and make sure I take my Canon T70 out and about as much as possible. It feels a shame not to use it regularly now that I’ve given it a new lease of life. x

  4. Avatar April 17, 2016 / 8:39 am

    Aaaaand now I know what to get hubster for his Birthday – this is amazing and made me smile so much!
    And I love that loft Christmas tree smell too :-)

    • Jenna April 18, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Oh, it would make a fab present for your hubby – there seemed to be plenty of them on eBay. :)

      Haha, it’s such a nostalgic scent, I’m glad you get what I mean. xx

  5. Avatar April 23, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Oh Jenna they are amazing, I bet you are thrilled. I bought a new camera in November and have since done a photography course, I had no idea I would fall in love with it so much but I have, I just love it. When we were in Greece last week I was up early every day to get out on my own to take photos, not only did I have a lovely time chilling, I have some great pics so I am so glad I did it. Hope you are all well xx

    • Jenna May 3, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah. I’m already looking forward to getting the next batch developed. I bet it was great to do a photography course. I do love photography but I do struggle with the technical side of things. Oh wow, I can’t think of many lovelier settings than Greece to take photos. I’m glad you made the time to go and take lots. :) xx

  6. Avatar May 9, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    These are so lovely. I think I’d be scared to use a film camera now as I know it takes me about 100 photos before I get the girls to actually look my way! These are really just perfect though, capturing life as it happens. x

    • Jenna May 9, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you, Katy. Haha, I had the same apprehensions about film photography too. I also take so many photos of the same thing on my digital camera in order to get that one ‘perfect’ photo. I think you just have to treat these cameras completely differently though, the focus isn’t on getting the perfect photo but capturing the moment imperfectly. :) xx

  7. Avatar May 11, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Oh Jenna these photos are amazing, you must have been so excited waiting for the film. I had an old bag of cameras from when my mum moved out of our family home years ago but I gave them to my Father in law because I didn’t know anything about them but I might see if he still has them and if they’re any good! xx

    • Jenna May 11, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Ah, thanks so much Hayley. Honestly, I was like a little kid at Christmas waiting for the photos to be developed. Oh you should definitely see if your FIL has the cameras – I bet they’d be great fun to take pictures with over the summer. The boys could have a go with them too. :) xx

  8. Avatar May 12, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Jenna – these are just brilliant!! WOWSERS – you have such an eye and a real talent. I must admit, I used to be obsessed with taking photo’s I have thousands in boxes in the garage. Not sure I would have the patience to do it all over again – but you are inspiring so I may well dig out some old pictures to see if I get the buzz again. If not, I shall appreciate the wonder of your images! xxx

    • Jenna May 14, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Ah thank you so much, Kat. :) I reckon you’d get the bug again if you gave it another go – it’s hard not to! I hope you dig out your old photos – if nothing else it’ll be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Thanks again for such lovely comments. xx

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