Hi Folks: According to Wikipedia, it was 120 years ago (1892) that George Eastman first began supplying Thomas Edison and William Dickson with 35mm film for their movie projectors. Film was around before that, of course, but in a variety of sizes and feeding systems; 35mm film became a standard in 1909, and in 1934 the 35mm film cassette for still photography was introduced.
So, in honour of 120 years a group of us met on a rainy afternoon in November at Ross Bay Cemetery to celebrate a (temporary?) return to film and to the days of B&W. Some had never shot film before, for some it took a while to remember how to work a film-advance lever, and for others film is still in daily use. For the most part there was no autofocus, no LCD screens (“you have to look through the little viewfinder there”), and no ‘instant’ results. Those who had film cameras brought them, and those who didn’t were welcome to bring some film and borrow a camera from someone else. I brought six cameras (five 35mm and one double lens reflex) and loaned out three. For those who just can’t get into film, they were welcome to bring their digital cameras and there wasn’t a bucket of tar nor a bag of feathers anywhere about. More on that in a bit. Overall it was a lot of fun. Continue Reading →