Last week I was out and coaching my students at school during the competition, giving them tips and a little bit of encouraging and set their minds to be positive whatever the outcome of the results may be but it turns out they were able to pass and made it to the top 5, both of them. I am one proud man. on the afternoon I was lurking the hallways taking photos & to check the participants, observing how they take photos in the school, some entered the classroom and took photos of fellow students in front of the class. When I was taking a photo of student’s shoes I was asked by one of them about my camera (The X100) “Kuya, totoo yan?” *Is that a real camera?*
and I said it is real, surprisingly they were surprised (obviously and I know that’s redundant) with my response to them which lead to approaching me and had them up close to my X100. they thought it was a fake camera, I asked them if they ever heard / seen film cameras before and they were like “Ano yun?” *what’s that?*
it was no surprise at all that they’ve never heard or seen one since they were born later where digital cameras were dominant and the usual cameras they see are DSLRs and point & shoots. I tried to explain them about film but to no avail they were clueless and really have no interest to know about it, I did show some photos in my phone on what film cameras look like. pointing out the SLR films and especially rangefinder ones as they really thought my X100 is a toy. the next thing that surprised them is when one of them asked if these cameras still on sale and how much they cost.. the kid asked how much the Leica rangefinder is and was shocked in the sense of how expensive that old film camera is despite digital cameras are better and convenient (as to how the kids see the convenience of taking photos through digital cameras). I allowed them to play with two of my cameras I have, my Nikon D5200 with the 35mm prime attached and the Fujifilm X100. guess what they preferred? in terms of looks they like the Nikon D5200 better, and faster. they found the Fujifilm X100 interesting and cool due to the “toy looking” feel and think about the tool, even impressed with the hybrid viewfinder, they liked the small factor though which alarmed me as they ran off and was happy to looked in the viewfinder and tried taking photos of anything they see around the area.
Film cameras are not for everyone, like these kids (although they sure are still young to appreciate these things) but there are folks that are really dedicated and still into film. digital photography has become the norm and many have switched to it. heck two of my 11 year old students have seen and used a film camera at least once, one of my student’s ; Cristine has used a Yashica DX 38mm F2.8 before as their Mom had it when they were young. she brought it to school for me to see as I was longing to see it when I heard they had a film camera lying in the closet
(Cristine’s Yashica DX 38mm F2.8)
I will be honest, I’ve only used a film camera similar to this when I was young. I can’t remember how many times I’ve used it as I only care about when I was young is to play games and such. the memorable thing about film cameras for me though are the film rolls, my Mom use to tell me that these little things should be kept in the refrigerator and and to kept the roll not to be exposed. I am no expert and so my Mom’s but that’s what I learned and grew up. I am in the process of restoring my grandpa’s old Nikon FA and I hope to finish it before the year ends and work with it on street photography. I do hope to teach my kids about film if ever. Film is not dead and it should never be forgotten. I’m no expert in Photography, I am pretty sure the folks who grew up in the 90s still remembers film. the ones who took Photography classes and history of Photography will most likely know what film is
so, have you ever seen a film camera before? or heard of it? (This, to all my non-photographer followers)