#014 My new distraction

So I've picked up film photography as my current new hobby. The last time I own a camera (apart from my phone) was around 2013-2014. It was Olympus OMD EM5, a mirrorless camera. Sold it off with my 25mm f/1.4 Panasonic Leica lens which I inherited from my previous Panasonic Lumix GX1 camera. Since then, I only used the camera on my phone(s) to take photos. I'm still using my trusty Pixel 2 which in my opinion has the best camera software on any phones. The colour grade is awesome. Combine it with VSCO app, who needs a real camera right? Kinda. So it was partly the-need-of-a-new-hobby (due to burnout) and with the somehow finally-at-pixel2-vsco-limitation phase that I decided to go for a real camera. And since I love film-look so much, I went ahead with a film camera. After going back and forth for the camera of choice, I ended up getting the Konica C35 Automatic. Bought a pre loved unit from a local retired architect. It was cheaper than usual due to flaws on its metering. But have a workaround by setting the ISO lower than the film. It was probably my luck. At this moment, I'm almost finishing my first roll. A 2014 expired Fujifilm Superia 200. Bought it together with Kodak ColorPlus 200 as I wanted to try the popular and least expensive stocks to compare. I just ordered the same combo film rolls for ISO 400; A Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 and Kodak Ultramax 400. Would be nice to have another camera to test to shoot on the same subject but I'll have to make do with what I have. Once I have found my favourite film(s), I'll restock a big batch of them. The plan is to shoot at least one roll a month to keep the interest going. A good number to start to build this as a habit. Found a recommended local lab called Darkroom8 at about 25.9 kilometres (16.09 miles) from my place. It's a good drive minus the traffic. But they do have developed and scanning service. So I can post the film rolls to them, and they will get it processed and uploaded via WeTransfer for download. Can't wait to finish these two rolls and see the outcome. This is totally a different experience compared to having a digital camera. The waiting and the suspense. “Will the photos come out good?”. You will only know once the roll are finished and sent to be developed. It is indeed a test to your patience. Anyway, I'll be posting my film photos here if you are curious.

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