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5 Frames with a Minolta CLE & M-Rokkor 40mm – By Dan Diaz

November 7, 2017

I love 35mmc. It’s celebrates 35mm compact cameras which I preferred as I shoot mainly life/street photography. Before I had the Minolta as my daily camera I have been using the Nikon F3 which is a great camera but too heavy for daily lugging. The Minolta CLE was perfect for me small, light and aperture priority I almost always have it in my hand when I’m out. The best camera is the one you always have with you. I know this is a very cliche quote but it is true.

Life unfolds everywhere you need to be paying attention. We all have smartphones that can double as very capable cameras but there’s just something about a film camera that put you in the flow state to compose and shoot.

So bring the a camera everywhere you go. It forces you to be mindful and actually see the beauty of the world. Don’t take photography too seriously. Enjoy it.

Lest we end up like this zombies!​
Everything was Developed with ID-11 and Scanned with DSLR with Macro lens

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  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Oh yes that shadow shot is amazing, and the CLE is of course an oetfect camera for life/street, great article

    • Reply
      Dan Diaz
      November 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Stig. Perfectly small and black with a very capable lens. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tobias Eriksson
    November 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Great pictures! I think I share your ‘the-everyday-is-a-photo-op’ approach. Myself, I’ve used 40 mm lenses (35-45 mm to be precise) a lot, on fixed-lens rangefinders, and have ended up with preferring a 42 mm when starting to use digital. Would you say that 28-35 mm is too wide for how you usually take pictures?

    • Reply
      Dan Diaz
      November 12, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Tobias! I’m more comfortable with a 40mm than a 35mm. 40mm is really my sweet spot in focal length, that being said the 28mm is my second favorite. The 35mm is really an awkward focal length for me. At the end of the day just shoot what makes you more creative or what makes you get the “shot”. 😀

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