Moments after taking this shot, while fumbling about with filters, lens hood and shutter release cable I managed to clip the top of my camera and cause my tripod to topple over. I was helpless as I watched as if in slow motion, as my camera bounced on the rocks narrowly missing a rock pool. Needless to say, my camera decided to stop working at this point and was promptly whisked off to Nikon A&E.
While my trusty DSLR was off getting patched up I picked a few camera off the shelf to keep me occupied in the meantime.
I opted for two old reliables in the Nikon FM2 and the Hasselblad 500C. I also pulled out two others that usually get overlooked, the Lubitel 166U and the Lomography Belair 6X12. The Lubitel is a Russian twin lens reflex camera that was produced in Russia up until the early Nineties. I would recommend this camera to anyone wanting to try medium format photography. It has a decent lens, it's fully manual and it also requires that you manually cock the shutter before taking a shot so is great for experimenting with double exposures. They are also pretty cheap. There is still plenty of dead stock of these in Russia so although they haven't made any in 25 years I managed to buy this as brand new still in the factory sealed box.
The Belair is made by Lomography and is a medium format panoramic camera. This camera has so much potential but so far has been a bit of a let down, so I thought I'd give it another outing. There are a lot of accessories available for this camera such as interchangeable lenses and different backs. Although this is primarily a medium format camera I opted for a 35mm panoramic back which has the added bonus of exposing the sprocket holes on the film.
So 4 different cameras and 4 different films, with varying degrees of success. That is what I enjoy about analogue photography. The unpredictability, the anticipation and the happy accidents.
My camera came back from the hospital a week later with a clean bill of health.