In an idea I’ve shamelessly borrowed from Hamish Gill over at 35mmc, I’ve put together five frames with my most recent film camera purchase, the Olympus OM-2N.
I bought this camera in a secondhand shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo on my honeymoon. I’d been lusting after an Olympus SLR since I read this fantastic profile piece on Yoshihisa Maitani – the creator of some of the best cameras ever made, so it felt right to get one in Japan. It’s part-souvenir, part-tool so it feels like I made the most of the very reasonable price I paid. Plus, I was lucky enough to find the black version, and everyone knows black cameras take better photos.
Paired with a 50mm f1.8 lens, you get a compact SLR that feels great in your hands and is versatile to be used for pretty much anything you can throw at it on a day-to-day basis. I’m so happy with it, I’ve sold all of my other film cameras and lenses (with the exception of the lovely little Olympus Trip 35, which I’ll never get rid of) and am enjoying being loyal to one system.
The only upgrade I’m considering is a wider lens. I find 50mm a bit tight, and would prefer either a 28mm or 35mm lens for everyday use. I’m just waiting for one to come up on eBay at the right price.
I’m also going to get an OM to NEX adapter so that I can use this excellent Olympus glass on my Sony mirrorless camera. The lenses are so light and sharp, I can’t wait to see what results I can get on my beastly Sony A7ii.
Here are my five frames – all taken in Norwich over a two week period which included snow, sunshine and overcast days. British Spring, eh?
I shot all of these images on Kodak Gold 200.