I was kind of taken aback by how many people urged me to sell the old Mamiya 7II instead of doing some shooting with it, "so someone can get some use out of it."
Hmm. Not a vote of confidence! ;-) Am I not "someone"? The post was kind of about getting some use out of it, rather than not getting any use out of it. If you know what I mean.
Whatevah. Here's why I'm going to forge ahead anyway: because for days I've been seeing potential pictures for it. I've already planned the first shot. The other two I saw were light-specific, and probably wouldn't be there if I tried to go back. But the point is that just the idea of using it is making me see fresh things. I'm "seeing with the camera" in my head. I like it when that happens.
I'll probably get the XP2 developed and proofs made at Duggal in NYC, unless anyone has a better suggestion.
Plan for that
Personally I think it's sensible to keep a few cameras around if you know you're going to get a recurring urge to use them. It saves you from another bout of planning/researching/buying. If you know you're periodically going to start jonesing to do something or other that doesn't actually make any sense for you, keep a camera that fits that urge in the closet so you can scratch the itch without spending any extra money. So if you know you periodically get the urge to shoot film again, keep a film camera around. It's actually sensible, rather than a waste.
Everyone gets a wild hair every now and then. If it's one you can foresee, then go ahead and plan for it, I'd say.
Either way, cheers!
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Dave Jenkins: "Re 'So if you know you periodically get the urge to shoot film again, keep a film camera around': Good thinking. I keep a Minolta Autocord TLR and an Olympus OM-2n around for that very reason. I dearly wish I hadn't sold my Pentax 6x7, which I think gave me the highest percentage of keepers of any camera I've ever owned."
Bob Rosinsky: "Years ago, I remember you built a darkroom in your basement. Xander and Lulu were rooming with you back then. Although time marches on, and your back is to the Midwest now, I think your analog latency is begging for development. Keep the Mamiya."
Tom Hassler: "Go for it, Mike! Your post has me thinking about a nice little Voigtlander Bessa that I've kept mainly for sentimental reasons. It hasn't seen a roll of film in at least a decade but working with it as a machine is very rewarding. (To be current I should probably say 'device' but that overused term just seems to digital.) I look forward to hearing about your exploits, and seeing the pictures. I worked in NYC for several years in the '80s and Duggal was our go-to lab. They always did a great job. Nice to hear that they are still around!"
Eric Brody: "My Mamiya 7II is sadly gone. I planned to keep using it in a hybrid workflow, 'forever,' or until they stopped making film. Another one of those resolutions that one hopes will never be re-quoted by someone. Happily they still seem to be making film. Realistically I so enjoy using my Fuji X-T2 and seeing its files that I am done with film...really. The Mamiya lenses, especially the 80mm and 50mm, were among the sharpest optics I have ever used. I made every mistake possible with that camera, from shooting with the lens cap on to thinking that since everything looked sharp in the viewfinder that I needn't change the focus (bias from using ground glass focusing for so long). It was the perfect film travel camera. I miss it."
SF Murph: "XP2? I'm curious as to why. (I like that film quite a bit.)"
Mike replies: Here you go.
Geoffrey Heard: "Gawd, some TOPpers said sell it? Keep it Mike, run the occasional film through it, but for goodness sake, stop publishing pictures of it. That's camera porn and it is doing mental damage to me. Oh, wait, with the Mamiya as the subject, it can't be porn, it must be art! LOL. Cheers."