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October 3rd, 2012

I was trying to recall when was my last shooting experience and I realized that it has been five years since my last roll of film. I spent 3 rolls on my Lomo Fisheye and that was it. For me, both film and rangefinder are something “new” – I am anxious and excited like a small kid.

The M6 is dead simple and most importantly, it’s small and light. At least you don’t show up as a photography nerd when you take out your rangefinder. I cannot count how many great shots had slipped away because my DSLR wasn’t with me. A rangerfinder is different; it is portable, and thus always with you.

Focusing on a rangerfinder is another continent of experience. I missed some shots in the beginning because of the slower focus, yet after some practices it isn’t that tough to get used to. Absence of the instant review function is a torture for me.(spoiled by digital) It took me a week before I could access to a photo lab, it’s such a pain that they close so early.

Finally the processing and scanning were done and I was thrilled to see the result. I would be happy enough if I get 1 great shot out of 20 on my D700. DSLR is free and automatic, I just press the shutter without thinking. Anders Peterson puts it best: ‘Its not about the camera or the picture, its about the process’. With a film camera, you would be looking around instead of messing with the menu or reviewing your last shot. I guess this is a taste of life that can’t be captured by FPS, ISO, 1080p video features etc. I have said enough, here comes the picture.

This is not meant to be a camera review, but my personal experience with a film camera after shooting digital for years.

Most shot are made in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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