On my recent trip to New York and Washington DC, I took a couple of film cameras to get some interesting snaps. These are the pictures from my Canon Ixus using APS film of Manhattan and Brooklyn (more to follow!). During the first few days the weather was pretty poor and the camera struggled with the low light levels. Conversely, later on the pictures in Brooklyn seem slightly over exposed…you just can’t win!
My little Canon Ixus is an electronic film camera from the mid 1990’s. Which means you need an special expensive film and a special expensive battery. It’s pretty easy to use. It has automatic focus, so all you select is aspect ratio (panoramic, classic, and high def). It’s nice and little. One of my biggest issues with my film cameras is that they are really bulky because the lens is permanently protruding. But being slightly more modern the lens goes in and out at the touch of a button.
Advanced Photo System film was first produced in 1996. It was discontinued at least 6yrs ago so harder to get hold of. It’s rather expensive these days at about £10 a film from the internets. Also I have to send it away online to be developed, and pay something extortionate for development. There is no film sticking out of the cartridge so you just stick it in the camera, dead simple. On the end of the cartridge are the numbers 1-4 and symbols which indicate whether the film is unexposed, partly exposed, fully exposed, and processed. So, basically you know if it’s a ‘done’ film or not.