Thankful

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.

 The camera that started it all…The Nikon FE2

The camera that started it all…The Nikon FE2

 Nikon F2AS

Nikon F2AS

 Yashica Electro 35 GT

Yashica Electro 35 GT

 Nikon FA

Nikon FA

 Mamiya 645 Pro

Mamiya 645 Pro

 Nikon F2AS Black Body

Nikon F2AS Black Body

 Polaroid SX-70

Polaroid SX-70

 Nikon F2 Photomic

Nikon F2 Photomic

 Brownie Hawkeye Flash

Brownie Hawkeye Flash

 Mamiya M645 1000S

Mamiya M645 1000S

 Nikon S Rangefinder

Nikon S Rangefinder

 Hasselblad 503

Hasselblad 503

 Canon A-1

Canon A-1

 Nikon F4

Nikon F4

 Konica Auto S2 Rangefinder

Konica Auto S2 Rangefinder

 New Canon F-1

New Canon F-1

 Leica M3

Leica M3

 Pentax Spotmatic SP

Pentax Spotmatic SP

 Nikomat FT

Nikomat FT

 Original Canon F-1

Original Canon F-1

 Polaroid 600

Polaroid 600

 Rolleicord

Rolleicord

 Pentax LX

Pentax LX

 Contax RX

Contax RX

 Leicaflex SL

Leicaflex SL

 Pentax ME

Pentax ME

 Leica M2

Leica M2

 Kodak Retina IIc

Kodak Retina IIc

 Olympus OM-1n

Olympus OM-1n

 Agfa Isolette III

Agfa Isolette III

 Polaroid 450 Land Camera

Polaroid 450 Land Camera

 Barnack Leica

Barnack Leica

 Hasselblad 501c

Hasselblad 501c

 Minolta XE-7

Minolta XE-7

 Nikon F2A

Nikon F2A

 Pentax K2

Pentax K2

 Nikon SP

Nikon SP

 Pentax MX

Pentax MX

 Voightlander Vito II

Voightlander Vito II

 Leica MP

Leica MP

 Olympus OM-2n

Olympus OM-2n

 Pentax 645

Pentax 645

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 Nikon FM2n

Nikon FM2n

 Minolta XD

Minolta XD

 Canon P

Canon P

 Pentax Spotmatic Black Body SP

Pentax Spotmatic Black Body SP

 Nikon F100

Nikon F100

 Pentax Super A

Pentax Super A

 Leica R6

Leica R6

 Nikon F3HP

Nikon F3HP