So my first ever film SLR camera is a hand-me-down Canon FTB QL that I found while going through some old things in Bacolod back in 2012. I was so excited when I saw it especially since it was in such good condition! I asked my Dad about it and he said that the camera was first owned by my Great Uncle who then gave it to my Dad when he was in college. Since my Dad has lost interest in film photography, he said that I could have the FTB. However, since I was young and naive, I didn’t anticipate the difficulty of using a film SLR with no proper training in photography at all! You can imagine my dismay when I had my first couple of rolls developed and they turned out blank. I tried reading the manual online (there are a lot of scanned manuals of vintage cameras that you can just google search) but to no success. Eventually, I got really busy with school as well as discouraged to continue film photography so my collection including the Canon FTB stayed on the shelf for the next two years.
Fast forward to today, it’s been 2 years since the last time I held a film camera of any kind. It was only when my best friend Iza got her Olympus OM-1 that I felt inspired to give film photography another go. After another failed roll of film (HUHUHU), I decided to really go back to the basics of photography. I had to relearn how to load the film or how to use my Diana F+ which uses 120 mm film, how to get proper exposure, and a whole bunch of other things.
Finally, after intense research and downloading a light meter on my phone, I decided that it was time to practice for real. Using the Canon FTB QL, a light meter app i downloaded for free from the App store, and an expired roll of Fujifilm c200, I headed to the open deck in my condo building on an extremely sunny Sunday afternoon and gave it a whirl.
These are some of the photos I was able to take.
You can say that I am extremely happy with the results! Intense studying really does pay off! lol After getting this roll developed and buying a cheap film scanner from CDR King, I was finally able to see the awesome results and the magic of using the Canon FTB. For a camera that’s a bit over 40 years old, not bad. Not bad indeed.