D'oh! I didn't realize that you don't rewind 120 film… until today

Pentax 6X7
(Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

This year I vowed to shoot more film. Not only did I want to shoot more film, but I wanted to try a different form: medium format. My friend just happened to be selling her Pentax 6x7 with a 75mm lens and as it was an absolute bargain, so I just couldn’t say no. Faced with this enormous camera and no idea what to really do, I turned to YouTube to find out how to load film and set the exposure. 

I’ve used a few of the best film cameras over the years; I started out with the Canon AE-1 before moving across to the Nikon FM2. Despite the rising film costs and development expenses, I just can’t stop. Film delivers a quality that is hard to replicate (and that’s coming from someone who has spent a lot of time perfecting my Lightroom presets) but the magic of the film lies in the unknown. The surprise. The mystery of getting back a roll of film and not remembering what’s on it. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.