One of my personal philosophies in life is to always stay the student. Learning new things allows me to remain humble and attentive. And since I am just learning, I give myself the freedom to experiment, play and make mistakes. I find my freedom in not needing to know everything, but rather in being a learner.
Most of the cameras that I have are from my dad. He use to work for PanAm airlines and would come home from work, either finding them on the airplanes or get them as gifts from travelers around the world
The first camera I tried was the Canon Canonet QL19. It was introduced in March of 1965 and is a 35mm rangefinder. This camera is the first one I put black and white film in. I wasn’t sure it was even going to work, and sure enough it doesn’t work. But it’s still a beauty.
I then tried the Olympus 35RC, also a 35mm rangefinder and was built in the 70’s. Noah found this camera at an estate sale. I tried this camera and it hasn’t been my favorite. I like that it’s small,but you can’t do as many manual options as I would like.
I then tried The canon AE-1 which was also from my dad. The Canon AE1 is from the early 80’s and was a very common camera for it’s time. When I pulled this one out recently it wasn’t working but Noah figured out how to fix it, and now it’s working. I like that it has more options to learn from and I love the clarity of the lens. So far it’s been my favorite.