Day 198 (16 July 2012) New Toy . . .

Today I traded an old riding mower that I couldn’t get running (and had already replaced w/ a new one 🙂 ) for an old film SLR.  It was a win-win as we both had something we didn’t want, and the other something we wanted!

I’ve been on the look out for an older film SLR to use to teach some boys at my church about photography, without risking an 11 year old drop my DSLR, and this opportunity came up, so I jumped on it!  It’s probably not the best, or the most feature-rich SLR out there, but I figure that it’s a great place to start in teaching the mechanics.  I can use a cheap P&S for teaching composition, etc, that will give quick feed back, and this new one to teach the technical side (shutter speed, DoF, etc).  But I’m going to have to learn how to shoot film first!  My last film camera was a simple P&S Kodak Advantix, from the early 2000s!

So, any tips, links, websites, etc that you can offer would be very much appreciated!  I’m thinking of starting the boys (and myself) out with B&W film (gotta find it), but not sure of what ASA, brand, etc to go for.  So, if you shoot film, or ever have, please chime in below and give a fellow some help 🙂

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60 mm, 1.6 sec, f/11, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Minolta X-370)

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60 mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Old Camera)

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60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (No Auto Here!)