gear //

  • camera: Olympus OM-1n from around 1979
  • A fully manual 35mm camera. Great for learning about what every part of a camera does without a computer taking any control away from you. Built like a tank but lighter than similar models like the Canon AE-1. Can be found online for relatively cheap, seems like photographers prefer the more full featured cameras later in the OM series.

  • lens: Zuiko 28mm/f3.5 prime
  • One great thing about older Olympus cameras is that the quality is really high, even for a consumer one like this. My lens has no separation, which is a common issue in old lenses where the glue inside breaks down over time. This one is pristine and doesn't have a lot of distortion at the edges like some wide angle lenses, which makes it perfect for landscape and architecture shots. This platform was also supported well into the 2000s so they're not hard to find secondhand. Photographers are like synth guys in that they take care of their gear and vintage computer sellers should take note.

  • film
  • This one is very subjective. The best film is the one you're shooting with but my personal favorite right now is Fuji Superia Xtra 400. It's forgiving, it works really well when it's pushed a stop (some people have good luck pushing 2 stops to 1600 but I haven't tried this), and best of all it's cheap. My local shop has it for $10 a roll.

    the shots


    These are photos from the first two rolls I had developed. The color is Fuji Superia 400 and the B&W is Ilford HP5+.

    => eye building


    => alley jazz

    => dolores park

    I'll post more photos from these rolls soon. I have a roll from a Sausalito day trip that I need to develop as well.

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