I bought the 35mm film camera I owned in high school. My first roll of film was an interesting failure
I recently acquired a used 35mm Canon AT-1 from eBay. I bought this particular model of camera as a result of nostalgia because it’s the one my parents gave me for photography classes in high school. The Canon AT-1 is a lesser-known manual version of the super-popular Canon AE-1. Unfortunately, the one I owned in high school was stolen decades ago . . . and while the newly acquired one is in beautiful cosmetic condition, its mechanical performance is imperfect.
There seems to be a shutter malfunction, possibly combined with a light leak.
Nonetheless, the results were interesting in a perfectly imperfect way.
Embracing the flaws
Two successful images from the roll
The perplexing thing for me is that I had two successful images emerge from the roll of 24 frames.
Ilford HP5 is grainy and contrasty
I enjoy the grainy and contrasty look of the HP5. Below are a few screen shots of the film grain with the Photoshop ruler increments included for your information.
I’m not sure if I’ll have the Canon examined and repaired, or just keep it as a memento. Film photography is just a diversion for me — something I do just for fun. This camera is a lot of fun to use and makes good images when it’s functioning properly. And, it reminds me of my youth — so maybe I’ll get it fixed one of these days.