What I learnt about my old camera

January 12, 2016  •  1 Comment

The film that I sent for processing came back this week. When I looked at the results, I found two problems on my  Canon AE-1: 

  • The light meter is not working, meaning that photos may turn out too bright or too dark. 
  • There are some light leaks in the camera, meaning the camera is not properly sealed properly, or the sealed has broken, and a tiny bit of light got in. 

The last time I used this camera was more than 20 years ago. It was a very long time. The equipment has been damaged. I also found out that the film that I was using for this shoot has some beautiful emulsion. (I can't believe I used that word, emulsion, sounds like a big word.) The film I was using was Lomography CINE 200; the film was released with the limited number. I managed to get hold of a few rolls and wanted to make the best out of it. The reason why I chose Canon AE-1 was that I could get full control of my shot.  Little did I know that the camera was faulty. It wasn't 20 years ago. Yes, the camera needs a service and repair.  

I've managed to find some shots that have less damaged. Yes, some good shots were ruined by over exposed (though I've tried to get the lab to compensate the development process) and light leaks. 

Lesson to take home: 

  • If your film camera is old, have it serviced and repaired. 

Hopefully, after I get my Canon AE-1 repaired and serviced, I will shoot with the same film again. 


Comments

B3N GOH Photography
Thanks Dawn, I have no intention for the images to look that way. I've got no control of light leaks. It could be a disaster, some photos were damaged real bad. However, it's a good accident.
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