Cameras – Old and New {Photoshoot}


One of the classes I am taking this semester is a film photography class. It’s been a lot of fun learning how to use a film camera and how to process the photos in a darkroom.

Now, during the course of this one-semester class, I managed to go from two SLR cameras in my house to six (I don’t own them all)!

I had already owned two DSLR (digital SLR) cameras (Technically, my Nikon L840 is more of a fancy point-and-shoot, I think, but I’ll put it in the category), but when I realized I needed a film camera, I had to purchase a film SLR camera. So I found a Pentax K1000 on eBay.

But then my Pentax began malfunctioning, so my professor lent me a Canon AE-1 he had on hand, until I could get in contact with my cousin, who had previously said she could lend me her SLR.

I got in contact with my cousin quickly, and when she came over to drop off her camera, it turned out she had two SLR’s to let me borrow!

So, all of a sudden I had six SLR cameras in the house.

One plus side being that I get to take photos of them all for you!

Left to Right: Sears TLS (film), Pentax K1000 (film), Canon AE-1 (film), Nikon N8008 (film), Nikon Coolpix L840 (DSLR-ish), Canon Rebel T3i (DSLR)


So here is a photo of all of the SLR’s, taken by my phone… because that’s all I had left to take this photo with ๐Ÿ˜‰ .



Now I will show you just the film cameras ๐Ÿ™‚ . The rest of the photos are shot by my Canon Rebel T3i.


Film cameras are fun to photograph. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Now let’s take a look at these cameras individually, from oldest to newest…


This is the Sears TLS. This camera is from around 1967. My cousin lent me this one.


This is the camera my professor lent me, which I just returned the other day, but still had fun taking the opportunity to photograph ๐Ÿ˜‰ . It is a Canon AE-1, from around 1976-1984.


This is my Pentax K1000.


And this is the cat, Callie, photobombing my Pentax K1000…. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Anyways, the Pentax K1000 is from around 1976-1997. Sadly, this one appears to be malfunctioning, but has been fun to learn on.


Lastly, this is a Nikon N8008, which is from about 1988-1991. This is the newest film camera of the four. Its controls are more of a mix between mechanical, like normal film cameras, and digital. My cousin also let me borrow this camera.


And that’s all of them! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at these cameras!

Have you used a film camera before, or only digital? Which camera was your favorite?


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5 thoughts on “Cameras – Old and New {Photoshoot}

    1. Until I took the class, I had only used digital, too, but it is a lot of fun learning film! It’s a more expensive and time-consuming process, but really enjoyable to work with.

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