by Rohan Gupte
Black and White Photography on 35mm film
I recently picked up a cheap used Canon Elan 7E 35mm SLR on a popular auction site and decided to test drive it using the excellent Ilford Delta 100 Pro black and white film. For someone like me who had exclusively shot digital until now, the pictures I was able to make with a camera that was introduced by Canon more than a decade ago blew me away.
I shot all pictures in this set at box speed (i.e. at ISO 100 in the digital equivalent). Hence, exposing scenes in dimly lit conditions was a bit of challenge. For the picture below, I slowed down my shutter to around 1/30 of a second. Thanks to a smooth shutter release on the Elan 7E body, the picture came out sharp without any camera shake.
Personally, I've really enjoyed the experience of shooting film since I got introduced to this medium. That I can continue to use the same Canon EF lenses that I use on my primary digital body (Canon 5D Mark II) while shooting film is definitely a big plus. For instance, all pictures in this post were shot using my favorite Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens. Of course, there are drawbacks such as costs involved in shooting film and the inherent slower pace of the medium. However, if you are a digital-only photographer and comfortable with your exposures, consider picking up an old cheap film camera and giving it a go. You will surprise yourself.