I never shoot film. I have taken probably 100,000 photos in my life and since I bought my first digital camera, I have never shot a film camera. I had no desire to do so. That being said, I have always wanted a Twin Lens Reflex camera. My grandfather had one (probably a Kodak Dualflex) and I have always loved the look of Rolleiflex cameras.
The other day while working on something at Don’s Photo, a customer came in with a large collection of gear. One of them was a Yashica Mat-124 G twin lens reflex camera.
It is a medium format camera (way bigger negatives than 35mm film) and not exactly the easiest to use but they are fascinating to me and I find them incredibly cool. The gentleman wanted to sell it on consignment and after taking a look at it and the price, I decided to purchase, if only to own a piece of history. Also, as Paul McCartney shows, it’s a great selfie camera (I’m kidding).
The first step was to load some film into it. Which I’ll be honest, I had to ask a colleague on how to do. it isn’t the easiest process to master. After we did that, the camera is extremely easy to use and still meters. It’s not a point and shoot but it is really easy to use.
Now all I need to do is grow a beard, wear tight jeans, and some flannel, ride a fixie and I too can take part of the hipster revival on 20th Street.