52 Rolls Project

I’ve completed my 52 rolls project, shooting a roll of a film a week for the whole year. I actually ended up shooting 59 rolls of film, a few were skipped from posting due to poor quality or just outright fail. It was a fun project, I’m glad I did.

First some stats:

Camera Rolls
Nikon F6 18
Bronica ETRSi 13
Nikon FM2 9
Contax G2 6
Olympus Trip 35 5
Vivitar Ultra Pinhole 3
Yashica FR-1 2
Konica Hexar AF 1
Nikon OneTouch 1
Fujifilm Klasse 1

Film Rolls
Kodak Portra 400 29
Kodak Portra 160 5
JCH Streetpan 4
Cinestill 800T 4
Kodak Ektar 3
Agfa Vista 3
Fujifilm Superia 3
Fujifilm Natura 2
Ilford HP5+ 2
Lomography 400 2
Cinestill 50D 1
Ilford FP4+ 1

I’m not quite sure why or how so much variety of equipment got mixed in, my initial plan was to keep it simple and use the same camera and film combo throughout. As the project wore on I ended up getting bored and trying lots of new things is an easy way out. “They’re just test rolls”

My most frequent combination is relatively obvious, the Nikon F6, 50mm lens, and Kodak Portra. This delivers very consistent and excellent results. You can see my review of the Nikon F6, it is practically perfect.


A few takeaways:


The project did require I shoot and post more than normal but the extra work was more ad hoc for example Roll #45 taken while walking the dog and taking the kids to play.

So yes, shooting more, but not more thoughtful, and not pushing myself. I wouldn’t consider the overall project as a series, but more random sets of subjects without a theme besides, “My Year of Shooting” – my ego aside, not an exciting topic.


So this ends my roll a week. It was a fun project, but glad it is over. You can see all the rolls and photos form the project browsing each below.

I’m considering my next project for 2017, I like the idea of One Camera, One Lens, One Film for the year, but I want the project to focus and push me, not just generate lots of photos. Also I want to prioritize series based work and not gear.