It’s been nearly nine years since I started getting back into film photography in a big way. I had just moved to California, started a new job with a regular paycheck after a decade of freelancing, and was nearing the final years of paying off a huge debt load from a difficult divorce. I finally had some time and a few bucks and needed a hobby. If I don’t have a hobby, I work too much. Well, I work too much anyway, but that’s another story.
My first film camera in 2010 was a Nikon FE2 I bought off of eBay. The FE2 hooked me. Whenever I had a few extra dollars to spend, I’d go looking for another classic film camera. Selling some cameras created the revenue to try new ones. I’m thankful I’ve had the time and resources to enjoy so many great old cameras and that the hobby has been mostly self-sustaining. Here’s a parade of photos featuring some of my favorites, starting with that FE2.