This post is the second in a series called “The Autocord Interview.” Click here to read what the Autocord Interview is about.
Name: Wan Khaidir Wan.Hashim
City: Kuala Terengganu
Profession: 3D Animator and amateur photographer
How did you become interested in photography and why?
I was always fascinated with photography and always loved taking pictures… but never really thought of photography. I only became much more serious about photography in 2008 when I purchased my first digital SLR (Nikon D80). About a year ago my sister gave me her 35 mm manual film SLR camera (Nikon FM10). I fell in love with this camera immediately and started enjoying film photography. I decided to look for a new camera with a new challenge. After 2 months of trying hard I had my first medium format camera, Minolta Autocord.
How did you discover the Autocord?
When I decided to get myself a medium format camera, the collector offered me 3 different models of TLR. After some research, Minolta Autocord is a pretty good budget choice for me and it is a worthy contender among several others.
Where did you buy your Autocord and for how much ($)?
My internet’ friend introduce me to a vintage camera collector in Kuala Lumpur & it cost me RM600 (USD 200) after a great bargain.
What are some of your favorite features about the Autocord?
The lens was certainly sharp enough, & producing a lovely focus & the swirl bokeh.
I liked the unique index finger focusing, which moved easily below the taking lens.
The shutter button to be use with shutter release cable is very useful for long exposed shots or slow shutter and the shutter & aperture meter displayed in the small windows above the lens is my great favorite features about the Autocord.
What has worked best for you in the process of developing and scanning film?
I have never developed or process the film, I just send it to pro lab to develop it and then I scanned the film with my Canoscan 8800f,
but I think Epson v700 is the best to scan a film.
Any future plans or dreams in photography?
– Roleiflex 2.8
– Large Format (hopefully) ;-D
Any final word/comments?
Thanks to autocord.com and fellow Autocorde – Agust Olafsson – to have viewed my autocord photos and given me a chance with this interview to share my experience with other fellow Autocorde.
Another excellent Autocord shot from Wan Khaidir on Flickr.