I was a frustrated teenage photographer, unable to afford the cameras that I saw in the window of Jessops in Belfast and in the pages of Amateur Photographer that I browsed – and occasionally bought – in the newsagents. This was the era of classic enthusiast film cameras – the Olympus OM system, the Pentax MX and ME, the Canon A series, the Minolta XD’s and my personal favourites, the Nikon FM and FE. Time passed and my enthusiasm passed with it, only rekindled much later in the era of the plastic, auto- everything camera.
Author name: Olli Thomson
Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland I'm now a serial expat. Most recently I lived in the Philippines and later this year I will be moving to Bulgaria. A teenage fascination with photography faded and was only rekindled many years later in the era of auto everything, plastic film cameras. I made the switch to digital in 2005 and currently own a Fuji X-E2. I made the switch back to film in the summer of 2017 finally acquiring the camera of my teenage dreams, a pristine FM2n.