Having recently caught the film bug and having both my digital and film camera die on me I recently bought this little guy on ebay. And today he arrived! A compact Olympus Pen D 35mm camera – half frame so that it gives twice as many shots per roll, a massive 72 clicks per 36 frame roll of 35mm. The body is in near perfect condition for a 50 year old but the selenium light metre has gone and the shutter sticks at speeds below 1/60. Still a very usable camera and I got it for a fraction of the price of a mint condition model.
I’m looking forward to heading out and getting my analogue groove on with this puppy.
For the last few days she’d been feeling poorly – not focussing properly, running a bit hot. Then today it happened. My little buddy who’s spent the year so far at my side for my 366 project, my beloved fuji x100 camera, came down with the dreaded sticky blades syndrome.
A common issue with this camera, the aperture blades have a tendency to lock open at the widest aperture and cannot be stopped down. As a result all images are taken at f/2 regardless of the settings and exposure readings at other aperture settings are incorrect.
In keeping with the ironic sense of humour possessed by the universe, my camera is two months out of warranty so I may be without my snappy companion for awhile. I’m hoping that the fact that this is a common problem will lead Fuji to be good guys and fix the problem for me.
In the meantime i’ll be taking the opportunity to do some iphoneography and film shooting while my main camera is out of action. As there is usually a couple of weeks turnaround in my part of the world for film developing there may be some delay in posting pics but I fully intend to keep snapping each day.
Get well my little Fuji, I hope to see you soon.
My wife surprised me with a most magnificent and unexpected birthday present today – my dream camera, a V series Hasselblad. I’ve drooled over these machines for many years but never seriously considered getting my hands on one and now thanks to my lovely lady I have one all of my very own. After spending the morning playing with my new toy I made my way down to the shops and bought a roll of film – probably the first that I’ve laid hands on in fifteen years.
Other than playing with film cameras in high school I never really got into the photographic scene back when film was king. Digital has always been my method of capture and so it seems strange to be moving backwards away from the latest and greatest that technology has to offer. I’m really looking forward to slowing down the photographic process, being more conservative with my shutter, and seeing the quality of images that a good film camera is capable of capturing compared to its digital brethren.
In addition to being cost prohibitive to shoot the rest of this 366 project on film the delays in snapping through a roll, having it processed, and scanning it would make it very hard to post a picture each day. I plan to keep shooting digital for the rest of the year and intersperse those shots with the odd film scan, assuming I can get my head around shooting film.
Hope your weekend is as snappy as mine is looking,
Fuji X100 | 23mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200
Been trying my hand at some vintage processing effects lately – still loving Lightroom 4 for all the possibilities it gives. This is an old Canon film camera that has sat on my shelf for the last few years. I was always a Nikon shooter so never had any other glass to put on it, but I like its old school aesthetic.