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Canon RC 760
Image by Andrys Stienstra
Type: SLR Type Still Video Camera
Sensor: CCD Image Sensor (600,000 pixels)
Image Sensor Size: 2/3"
Recording Format: Still Video Format
Recording media: Still Video Floppy Disk
Lens Mount: SV Mount (Dedicated bayonet mount )
Lens: SV Lens, FD Lens (with FD Lens adapter LA-RC)
Shutter: Focal Plane Type
Shutter Speed: 1/2000[sec] – 1/8 [sec]
Power Supply: Dedicated Ni-cd Battery Pack
Weight: 975g (without battery , Floppy Disk)
Canon Zoom Lens SV 13-52 mm 1:1,8
Olympus 35 RC
Image by tubb
It started as a thought, a small niggle that just wouldn’t go away. What would shooting with film be like? We’ve been totally digital in this house since 2003 and when I started this doing-it-seriously thing I was dismissive of it. But in learning more about photography I started to realise a few things.
The picture one takes is inextricably bound to the thought processes of what you are doing in that moment. If you change that equation with kit you will change the thought processes and the pictures. I am used to going out the door and getting 200 pictures. If I am forced to think more with only 36 chances to make something good, at 50p per chance, with a fixed lens, with manual focus, with a manual rangefinder, with no chimping and a fortnight until I can see the result – will it change my brain?
I was also thinking about how contrast, grain and colour in photographs make up our syntax of how we interpret photography. Like when we hear someone’s accent, the words they say are made to mean more than they are by the interpretation of what that accent means. The syntax of photography is completely wound up in how film has rendered images, and not knowing what that means leaves me floundering. We spend hours fiddling with sliders and curves, applying filters but I’m not sure most of us know what it means. Sometimes I think we are squawking like a parrot that has managed to pick up a few phrases of tourist human.
I was interested in medium format with a Mamiya 6, but I feel it is too expensive as a proof of concept. I thought about Leicas and Voigtlanders but again it was too much of a leap of faith. I thought about a Nikon FE but I thought an SLR would just lead me to think it was my usual Nikon and I’d behave in the same way.
So for virtually no money I give you an immaculate Olympus 35 RC. It feels solid and it is dirt simple. The battery will last for ages and it won’t get dust on the sensor. Hopefully when I pick it up I will see the world in a different way again and, most importantly, maybe take a good picture.
I have no idea what I’m doing again and it feels great.