Listen, Linda. HONEY.

I've dreamt of my very own vintage film camera since I first started taking up interest in photography, around my senior year of undergrad. I remember researching the Pentax K1000 for months, and then ultimately asking my mom to buy me a Nikon DSLR as my graduation gift instead. That camera is still going strong, and I still love it as much as the day I got it. I could never see myself parting ways with it.

Almost exactly three years ago, to the day, I was messaging back and forth with a seller on Etsy about a Canon AE-1 Program he had for sale. I ended up not moving forward with the transaction for a number of reasons, but mainly, it just wasn't the right time.

Now here I am, about seven years after being bitten by the film photo bug, and I finally took the plunge and bought one for myself (not that the purchase broke the bank or anything, but it still kinda felt like a leap for some reason). 

I can hardly contain my excitement.

Ironically, I almost ended up buying the Pentax K1000 that I'd previously researched as a senior in college. The salesman in the camera store raved about it as much as everyone else on every photography blog does, but the fully manual setup felt a wee bit intimidating, and I'm impatiently ready to just get snapping over here. 

My other option was a Nikon EM: simple enough settings, easy to use, and also compatible with the Nikkor lenses I already own, but as much as I love Nikon, I wanted to try something different. I'm also in the market for a mirrorless camera, and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is probably the one I'll end up buying in a few months, and the lens on this camera will also work with that one, so yay. 

Maybe things are falling into place for this little hobby of mine.

I am so stinkin' excited. Have I mentioned that yet? ;)