Cambridge, United Kingdom
55 August 2021
Canon EOS 300 with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
Kodak Tri-X 400 film
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A little ago a local artist who made all these amazing iron sculptures passed away, and a set of his pieces were installed around the village. We live near one of a camel, which is several meters tall, and the local kids like to decorate it with colourful chalk patterns and messages.
All these latest black and white photos were taken with a Canon EOS 300, one of their last consumer line SLR cameras, along with the thrifty fifty 50mm f/1.8. They make a great pairing technically, and I’ve been really pleased with some of the pictures I got from it, but I find it really does not inspire me to shoot with it, so I suspect it’s time to find it a new home.
I suspect it sits in an awkward valley between my digital SLR and my fully manual SLR. If I want the camera to assist me then the DSLR can do that in bucket loads, and if I want to feel more connected with the process then a fully manual SLR like my old Yashica FX-3 is rewarding to use that way. The Canon EOS 300 is in no way deficient, and I have friends who swear by them, but it took me four months to shoot 36 frames, which I think is a sign. I’ll miss the image quality, but I think I’d rather something I want to pick up more.