First Roll With: Canon A-1 by Marco Serventi
Gear: Canon A-1 Program with Canon 50mm f1.4 lens
Film:  Kodak Ultramax 400
Dev + Scan: Rewind Photo Lab
Location:  Maroubra, Sydney

Hi! My name is Marco, and I'm a freelance photographer based in Sydney. I have been taking photos for a long time but I've took the leap into film photography a few months ago (spoiler alert: I love it).

When I was looking to buy my first film camera, I knew I had some specific requirements: it had to be a 35mm (so that it's compact enough to take it on my travels). I also wanted a camera with a light meter; I shoot a lot of candid/street photography and wanted to be be able to shoot on the go without having to manually meter every shot. Lastly, I wanted a camera that would last and that I wouldn't outgrow in just a few months of practice.

I ended up getting a Canon A1 Program and I couldn't be happier with it! It's such a solid camera and all the parts work perfectly. To test the camera I picked up a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 (I didn't feel ready to splurge on some more expensive film) and headed to one of the beach areas in Sydney.

From the start I noticed that shooting film completely changed my approach, forcing me to slow down and put more thought into every photograph. But the Canon A1 Program made the transition easy. Switching from manual to Av and Tv mode is quite intuitive. Manual focusing through the viewfinder took some getting used to, but most of my shots came out fairly sharp, which is a testament to how intuitive and beginner-friendly this camera can be.


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