My Old 35-mm Film Camera

Until 1999 I used this 35-mm film camera the Fujica ST801. It was a reliable good friend. I experimented with digital up until then, but was hesitant about making the switch. We took a trip to Europe in July 1999. It was then I committed to giving a digital camera a lengthy tryout. My digital results were rewarding enough to continue using it. The trusty 801 was put away.

In early August 2022, I brought the 801 out of the cabinet where it was stored and wondered if it still worked. Focusing was a little stiff. The LEDs in the display were weak. Plus, there was film in it on frame #6. I decided to finish exposing the roll and have it developed. By mid-August, I took the exposed roll to Walgreens near us. The sales person said they don’t do film any more. It would be sent away. I would get the prints and a CD back in about 6 weeks.

Most of the pictures had a strong green cast to them. Of the others, these are the ones I considered the best. A fair amount of post processing was needed.

This photo of the woman walking her dog has a sad story behind it. She lives next door to us. Her father died in the spring of this year. She kept his dog and walked it several times a day. The old dog died not long after I took this picture. When I got the photos back from the store, I gave it to her as a momento.

Knowing digital photography is my mainstay now, I searched for a way to donate my film camera equipment to a worthy cause. The Film Photography Project seemed the best way to go. They accept working equipment, check it over, and donate it to schools and novices in photography. Consider them if you have something to donate.


17 thoughts on “My Old 35-mm Film Camera

  1. I really like the photo of the yellow flowers — and how nice that you could give the woman a memento of past times. I’m glad to know about the Film Photography Project. I don’t have any film cameras, but a friend does, and she’s been fussing a little about what to do with them. This might be the answer.

    • The FPP web site says they will not update you on the arrival or use of your donated equipment. They don’t have a staff for that. I figured they could be trusted to do the right thing.

  2. Wonderful photos! I have several film cameras and a complete darkroom tucked away. I bet the lady liked the photo you gave to her. The green cast could be from the age of the film. Considering you can add colour to the Hubble images, I’d bet you could get rid of the green cast on those images they provided on the disk. Better yet keep the look of the aged film. There is plenty of apps to make digital photos look like film. Take care.

    • You are right about the green cast. The oldest images were greenest. The more recent ones not as much, but still green. Software cleans up a lot of problems like that. Thanks for the comments.

  3. I would guess many homes have a camera or two stowed away somewhere. I know I have several – film and digital – and I know they will never be used again.

  4. When we downsized in 2010, I donated my Olympus OM-1 system – three bodies and a range of lenses from fisheye to 500mm, motordrive, etc. Some days I wish I still had it and the darkroom that went with it.

  5. I also have my cameras sitting in boxes. But I am not ready to part with them. The hardest is getting film processed! I need to find those little labs and support them – try to keep them open, maybe?

    I wonder what the next big thing after digital will be?!

  6. Very interesting. I’m surprised you don’t just keep the camera for sentimental reasons. It was good to see the lady and her dog and that you gave the photo to her. What did she think about that? Heaven knows I have a lot of that stuff even though I am not a hoarder. 🙂 You know, the stuff mom and dad kept of mine from when I was a kid and some of their stuff, too. There are just some things that are hard to let go of. Thanks for sharing!

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