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Plans for 2020

When I started this blog at the end of 2015 it was just a way to pass some time, now it has become a pastime I enjoy. But it as been over four years now and I feel I must move on or at least change.

So I have decided to sell most of my film cameras. I will keep less than 10 from the collection I have. None of those 10 will be a format that is obsolete such as APS, 127 or 620. To accomplish this I have started to post items for sale on eBay. If there is something you would like and it is not yet posted there, just send me a message through the contact page. I am open to offers on all cameras marked with a **have**. I might also try attending some car boot sales to relieve myself of a few brownies.

I want to get a new lens for my Nikon D750 that mean I don’t have to swap lenses quite so often while on photoshoots. Any money gained through sales will go into a virtual pot towards this lens. I also want to focus more on the creative and commercial side of photography. I have already started a few courses to learn more, taken part in exhibitions, and made some zines. I don’t think that photography will ever be my main source of income, but I do need to fund my hobby a bit better than I am doing now.

This winter break I undertook a photoshoot in an abandoned castle in Scotland. A friend of mine loves cosplay and we often do these kinds of shoot. I want to do more of this kind of stuff.

Captured on Nikon D750, 28mm lens, processed in GIMP

I also took an Olympus OM4 that I haven’t used in a while. I am trying to decide which cameras to keep. This will be one of them. It was the first camera I searched for, before I started finding junk cameras. I paid a proper amount for it as it was CLA’d and worked perfectly. I loved it when it arrived. It was my favourite, so it was nice to use it again. Here are some photos I took at the shoot.

It was quite dark in the castle so the 50mm f1.4 lens I have was wide open most of the time and I pushed the film from 100asa to 400asa. I should have pushed it a bit further. Anyway, that is the plan, only time will tell if I managed this during 2020.

Olympus OM4

This is my go to camera. The one that I will always choose above the others. There are a number of reasons for this which I will get into later, but first, here are the pictures.

I got this camera, much like the Bronica, to satisfy a yearning from my youth. As I have added a 50mm 1.4f lens it has become the most expensive camera I own. Thank goodness it worked. I owned a OM10 in my 20s and always wanted the more high end version. There is a┬álater┬áversion of this camera, the OM4Ti, but I didn’t feel the differences were worth the extra cost for me. The OM4 is sometimes prone to battery drain, which the OM4Ti is not. I bought a fully refurbished example to hopefully help with this issue. Even so, mine does sometimes drain quickly, but I have found if I don’t leave it on the auto setting it is less of an issue. I also tend to take the batteries out of any camera that does not have a film inside. I have bought too many junk cameras with old, leaky batteries inside.

As I mentioned before there are a number of reasons I like this camera.

  1. I am absolutely sure it works, so no need to try it out, no testing. With the 1.4f lens it works even in very low light situations. I bought it from a great dealer who CLA’d it. That meant it worked out of the box.
  2. It is fairly compact and light compared to some other SLRs, but still gives excellent results.
  3. It has a multi-point spot meter button. You can select various points in the scene and press this button and it works out the best settings for you. In fact according this site it was the first camera to have this feature. You can choose up to 8 spots.
  4. It has a backlight and highlight button too (though I tend to use the spot meter system)
  5. The OM lenses are much cheaper than Nikon and Canon, but are still excellent.
  6. It uses readily available LR44 batteries.
  7. It has the little square on the back to help me remember what film is inside, a simple feature, but I love it.
  8. It’s an Olympus, durh!

That’s not bad for a camera from 1983. So anyway here are a variety of shots from a few different films and locations.

No keep or sell, this camera is mine forever.