Earlier this year I bought a used 35mm Nikon F601 (N6006 in the West), film camera. I began shooting B&W but when I found out that I always had to have my film sent out for processing and it took 10 days in the area I was in, I decided to try developing it myself.
I’ve always enjoyed doing things by hand, so I learned about developing film, bought the necessary items (some mail order from the U.S. because I couldn’t find them in my somewhat rural Japanese town), and gave it a try! The necessary chemicals and accessories were probably less than $100 to get started.
I develop the film in my bathroom, then scan the negatives. It is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I have yet to try color film which is a bit more challenging because the chemical have to be kept very warm through the process.
I’ve always loved old cameras, but have been too practical to buy one that I knew I would or could never use. Now that I develop my own film, I feel very free to buy old cameras and give them a try since I can do the film myself!
This is my new old toy. It is a Yashica MAT-124 from circa 1970. It is in excellent working condition and quite a piece of art. It gets me a lot of looks when I’m out on the street with it. So far I’ve only shot one roll. I takes 120 medium format film. It even has a working light meter!