Sometimes you just look up and see your first camera sitting there, the lens still shining as if new, and it begs you to be used. Well that happened recently, my very first camera, religated to my third shelf (were I place seldom used cameras, ones that work but have something off with them, or just cannot get the film anymore…), the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, a five dollar garage sale find. All mechanical, the battery for the light meter long dead, but everything still works. So I dicided to take it out for a trip.

Because I can.


Foggy Dew


Minolta Hi-Matic 7s – Rokkor-PF 45mm 1:1.7 – Silver Tone 100


  1. I have to say, I love the crispness and sharpness of the Silver Tone 100 in these shots.

  2. Alex,
    I find myself looking at your blog and wondering why your photos have so much more clarity than the photos at my website. Is it perhaps your technique? Here’s my film to website technique.
    1) Take film photos.
    2) Costco develops film and burns to CD.
    3) I process the photos I use through Fotosizer software to reduce their file size so they load faster on my WordPress blog.
    So what are your steps for taking film photos and bringing them to your website? Thanks for any advice you may have.

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      Thanks for your question. Here’s my process.

      1. Take the photos.
      2. Process the film, either using a ProLab (Up until recently was Henry’s or Burlington Camera) or do the development myself.
      3. Scan the Negs using an Epson V500
      4. Process the images through Photoshop, adjusting the curves to match the tonal curve of the film, fix up colours, apply a noise reduction filter then sharpen.
      5. Upload at Full res to either Flickr or my own personal server.

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