Stuff That Every Film Shooter Should Keep in Their Bag
Sure you, have a camera, a lens and some film but here's my list of essential stuff that you didn't know that you needed to keep in your bag!
1--Spare Batteries--Okay, you might be thinking, wow, this list isn't off to a very good start, of course I have spare batteries. But I want to point out that it's a good idea to keep a small "battery kit" in your bag. Not only are these batteries for the camera in your bag, they are for whatever of your other cameras you might choose to carry in this bag. AND, for testing cameras that you might happen across in your photographic journey. How many times have you stumbled into a thrift shop where you found a K1000 at a good price but had no way of testing the light meter? Your battery kit should contain:
--at least two LR44 batteries since many classic cameras require two, some only require one. You can use a single lithium CR 123A to replace two LR44 batteries, which is a great idea, however, I keep the LR44's in my bag instead since I can use a single one for the K1000's and other classics that only require one battery.
--at least one Wein Cell 625 battery as many late 60's early 70's classic cameras require one
--optional, Wein Cell MRB400 for the occasional Spotmatic, however, their meters are likely dead anyway!
--A nickel. Don't forget the nickel, or preferably a plastic token of similar size. You will need this to open the battery compartment of most classic cameras. Nickels fit best but if you can find a plastic token like the one I saved from a carnival years ago, you can use this without risk of scratching your camera up!