I just went to the Mecca of film camera hunters and enthusiasts in Manila yesterday. All I can say is that I’m still buzzed with the experience.
I’ve heard from many people that Hidalgo is the place to be when you’re looking for great camera and film finds in Manila. Ever since, I really wanted to try the experience for myself and see what they’re talking about. Just yesterday, I scoured the streets with an old buddy of mine and we got a whiff of what Hidalgo had to offer.
We were hunting for good films to use and we found some expired rolls. We kinda liked the fact that we can experiment with different brands of expired film and we were excited to see what effects they can produce. Fuji and Kodak were the headliners and I got myself 5 rolls in all. In one store that we visited, something caught my eye. Neatly compiled on a cabinet was a cool collection of old film cameras. The Rolleiflex TLR was begging for my attention along with different predecessors of Canons, Nikons and Yashicas. It was camera heaven.
I asked the lady at the counter if the cameras were for sale and she shook her head. She said that those are for display only and that they had no intention of selling them. I couldn’t really blame them! Those were good-looking cameras. I guess I have to look further if I want to find myself a cool vintage camera of my own.
Everything in the narrow streets of Hidalgo is worthy of your attention. I can’t explain it fully. You have to experience it for yourself, too. Hopefully, I can have photographs to share with you guys the next time I go back to Hidalgo. All I can say now is that I can still see the images of those cameras fluttering around my head.