The Favourite Camera Series – Colleen

When asked, Colleen replied:


1. If you were to choose a favourite film camera from your collection which would it be?

I don’t have a favourite… yet!

I blame my sister… I mean… thanks to my sister Kimberly, I’ve just recently caught the vintage film camera bug. She got back into film several years ago and has amassed a gorgeous collection. Mostly beautiful old rangefinders. She would tell me about her latest find and I would be all excited for her; completely appreciated what she loved about them. But when she told me how many she had, I was like… why? How will you ever have time to shoot with all of them? Wouldn’t you find a fave and then just never use the others? I get it now. Sigh… 🙂

I’ll talk about the 1979 Minolta Hi-Matic that I purchased about 3 months ago because it was almost my first in this new found interest. Plus, I haven’t had a chance to use many of the others yet.

2. How long have you owned this camera?

See above.

3. How did you come to own this camera?

I was going through a long photographic lull and really uninspired. I was enjoying playing around with Lomo editing effects on my phone and have always loved film so decided to keep an eye out for an instant film camera to have fun with. The only criteria I had was that the camera worked and didn’t cost much. I ended up pleasantly surprised at the quality of photos this simple point and shoot camera produced!

4. What things do you enjoy most about this camera?

It has inspired me! And gotten me back into film photography.

As much as I like having manual control, the spontaneity of just pointing and shooting is fun!

This camera is the catalyst for new things! I will be learning to develop my own 120 film, trying pinhole photography, etc.

I have gained a tonne of interesting information on the history and evolution of photography while researching the Minolta and other vintage cameras I have picked up in the last 3 months. Fascinating stuff!

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