24 March: My Minolta Has a First Name…

Actually, it doesn’t. I lied. It just sounded like that Oscar Mayer song and I couldn’t resist. 🙂


This is my Minolta SRT-102, from the late 60’s, I believe. Its a great camera, or so I’ve been told, and I’m just starting to learn film photography, and it is so different! So strange how far photography has come.


© 2013 Snapshooter


Any of you ever ventured into the craft of film photography? Do you like digital or film better? 🙂

18 thoughts on “24 March: My Minolta Has a First Name…

  1. I also had a film camera as a teenager, Minolta SRT MCII. I hadn’t used it in years, and had become accustomed to shooting digital. Finally donated it to a thrift shop. I am glad I learned the basics on a manual a long time ago… getting back into it with my DSLR… not quite like riding a bike, but it’s coming back.

  2. My first 35mm SLR was a Minolta and I had two more after that before I moved to a Mamiya RZ67. I went digital years ago as I was shooting professionally. I loved film and yes, it is very different that digital photography. I loved spending hours in the darkroom developing my prints and shooting B/W Infrared film was my favorite. I still have all my film camera’s and I even have a few rolls of exposed film in the door of my refrigerator! 🙂 I hope you enjoy shooting film.

  3. I have couple of film cameras that I use occasionally. My students (5th and 6th graders) that are studying photography with me did not understand the film camera. Many of them didn’t even know about or had never looked at one.

  4. Lovely camera! I have a film SLR lurking around somewhere and I keep meaning to dig it out. I bought it when I was 17 and that was how I learned about SLR photography, along with a little help from my Dad, from whom I get my love of photography.

    I do love the DSLR and went on a one day workshop to learn the basics of how to use it but the theory of course was something I already knew and just needed to refresh.

    I’m not sure which I prefer to be honest, especially as I’ve not done any film photography for a VERY long time now. Maybe I’ll finally retrieve that SLR and have a play so I can report back :). Have fun with yours. Can’t wait to see how you get on with this.

      • What I like about the DSLR is the ability to take as many shots as I like, play around and see the results instantly. However, I think that this just means the two are just different approaches to photography, rather than one being better than the other or anything.

        I think maybe film SLR photography forces you to think more about the shot because you don’t want to waste film. I suppose there’s more of an element of patience and anticipation too as teh film is developed.

        I’ll let you know when (not if!) I start using my SLR again and one tihng I remember my Dad suggesting (and something he did himself) was to carry a notebook with the camera so that you can number each shot as you take it and also make a note of the settings used so you’ve got a reference point when reviewing your prints. Something I suppose we don’t have to worry about in digital photography as it’s all recorded automatically! 🙂

      • The two approaches are indeed different. I am so used to the digital approach that having to think about each and every shot will really help me improve my eye (at least I hope…) And thanks for the helpful tip!

  5. Nice camera, I’m sure you will have lots of fun with it! I have two Minoltas: SRT 100X (my favorite one) and Dynax 40. I like both film and digital photography, but if I had to choose… well, I prefer film photography!


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