Olympus OM-1 is one of those cameras that everyone knows, and for good reason. Once you pick one up you will definitely know what I mean – the whole thing oozes of quality – solidly built, nice to look at and has all the essentials for photography – nothing more, nothing less. It is also complemented by a huge selection of great lenses, needs no batteries to work and will probably last you a lifetime.
I’m often amazed at how Olympus managed to cram such a huge viewfinder in a camera body so compact. Coupled with the removable hot-shoe (one of my favourite features!), OM-1 barely obstructs the view in front of you – in use it feels totally different from most other SLR cameras.
Currently it is attached to a Zuiko 50mm f/1.4. It’s the silver nose version. I am yet to shoot any color film with it, but so far I’ve really liked how it renders B&W pictures. I know this lens gets a lot of hate on the internet, but so far I’ve been very happy with it.
Aside from Leicas, this particular Olympus is by far my favourite film camera and one of the few SLRs I actually like using. Most probably, because it creates that “…they don’t make it the way they used to…” feeling. And for most part, it is true – in these days of bloated, plastic, feature-rich cameras it is very pleasant to pick up a camera so small and simple, and yet be able to stay in full control of your photography.
All photos taken with the OM-1n and Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 (silver nose) on 400TX at box speed. Developed in HC-110 at 1+31. I’ve only recently began developing B&W film myself. You learn so many things along the way. Plus, the time and effort involved really puts a certain value on each and every frame – something that is not the case with digital cameras.
I’ll share a few family moments here, I hope you enjoy these shots. One of the photos shows signs of light leaks but that has now been repaired and the camera is once again like new!
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