This is a fairly new addition to my collection. I bought my Exa 500 just this year at the Photography show at the NEC in March. Every year at the show I always manage to add a camera (or five) to the ever growing collection. One of my first ports of call is always the Disabled photographers charity stand – this year was no different, and as usual my wallet was lighter but my bag was considerably heavier on leaving the stand.
Much of that weight was this camera; it’s a “brick”. This camera is anything but a compact; it’s large, cumbersome, strangely shaped, and did I mention it’s heavy? Ok, so it’s probably not really as heavy as I’m making out, in fact, it’s probably no heavier than a small car or a Zenit. But the weight it does have – combined with the strange body shape – (the camera not me) means it feels wrong in the hand when you’re used to holding a modern DSLR or something more traditionally shaped.
It’s Awkward to use at first too, with the shutter release attached to the lens and on the front-left hand side of the body. That said it’s strangely enjoyable to use – though of course, some of this might be down to the joy of using a new toy, as to date I’ve only put one roll of film through it. It’s going to see more use though, that I can guarantee – if only because carrying its weight will force me to cut down on the amount of other cameras I’ll be carrying.
These shots were all taken around a local church on the first day of proper sunshine this year in April. I specifically wanted a day with bright sun and hard shadows, and just for once the British weather provided.
The film was Fomapan iso 100, stand developed in 1/100 Rodinal and scanned on my Epson v600.
You can find more of my photos on my flickr