I’ve collected many film cameras over the years. And I’ve found a few nice blogs containing interesting posts where the author used a different film camera for one month over a period of a year, twelve cameras in total. I have decided to do the same as it sounds like fun and keep film alive!
No rules, only that they have to be film cameras, one film per camera which can be shot across the entire (calendar) month. The project has started just now as of the 1st january 2017 and the camera I have chosen for the first month is the Praktica B200, the first camera I ever owned. The film will be processed at the end of every month. Some images will be published with info regarding the camera used as ease of use,handling, picture quality and look, as well as a little bit of it’s history.
The first camera I used in this project and the first SLR camera I ever owned, the Praktica B200
In the early 1980s I started to have a interest in photography. Windowshopping at the local photostore where I was looking at the cameras was my weekly schedule and the most interesting ones were the “pro” SLR cameras…
But without the budget I had to wait. But early 1982 I got a job at a supermarket and in a few months earned enough for a SLR within my humble budget, a “pro” black Praktica B200 with the standard lens Prakticar 50mm F/2.4.
Because I hadn’t used it in years I was eager to start the project with it! A fresh battery was inserted and the Praktica was brought back to life. All led’s in the viewfinder seemed to work, the shutter did click and the filmtransport was going smooth as in 1982. Loaded with Portra 400 me and the camera started the project…
Example pictures, january-february-march 2017
The Praktica B200 was the first of the B series of cameras produced by Praktica in the late 1970’s. It offered manual and auto exposure, AE lock, ttl metering, exposure compensation, a new set of bayonet mount lenses and a new look compared to the earlier Praktica series.
Manual focus 35mm slr
Aperture priority auto exposure and fully manual
TTL metering with sensor on the mirror
ASA 25 to 3200 film speed range
Runs on a single 6v 4LR44 battery
Shutter speeds 40sec to 1/1000sec + B in auto 1sec to 1/1000 in manual