Canon EOS 500 – First 35mm Rolls

Hello all,

Hope everyone is well and staying safe.

It’s been about a month since I said I would transition into 35mm and I’m glad to say that I loved it. Its been a cathartic experience overall. I have enjoyed using the Canon EOS 500, I bought it second hand and the quality of the camera is superb and for a first 35mm camera, I have taken to it and I like the simplicity of design and the accessibility in its controls.

I thought the rolls would come out a lot worse, I tried to experiment with shutter drag in my first roll. This technique works better in a controlled environment, which led me to take a more relaxed approach in my second roll. When it comes to taking photos of environments it comes down to timing in terms of the time of day and I wanted to make sure they translate in the photos. This first roll is more of an experimental roll, this was the first time I used the camera, so whatever happened I wasn’t too optimistic, but I feel that the images came out well and it’s a pleasant surprise to have them come out better than I first imagined.

The second roll is my personal favourite, I love shooting daytime and this time I felt more confident with the camera, I went only by the built-in light meter the camera has and I think it’s fairly accurate especially for a 28-year-old camera. I loved the way the sunlight lined up with the environment and I loved the way the film captured the sky. Overall I’m really happy with the roll of film.

For a camera I bought off eBay, it has achieved so much more than I thought it would, I really enjoyed using it and I can’t wait to keep using it in the future, I used Kodak Ultra Max 400 135/36 Colour Photo Film and I really liked the results, the grain is nice and I love the way the colours pop. I have just ordered some Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO 35mm and I can’t wait to use that too, I would like to move into portrait photography soon, but due to obvious circumstance it isn’t possible, but at least it gives me time to fine-tune my style.

I would highly Kodak Ultra Max 400 135/36 Colour Photo Film recommend this film for the vivid colour, definition and accessibility. This time around my friend Jake Baldwin processed my film, he did an incredible job and you can follow him on Instagram @jake11517.

I hope everyone has stayed safe, looked after one another and found new ways to connect with their creativity during this tough time.


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