1 year, 1 camera, 1 lens” type challenge issued by Christian Nilsson. The long and the short of it was I started shooting film on the 7 of Jan and with the exception of a couple of portraits and a friends wedding, I’ve only shot film. It’s been an interesting experience and I have a lot of unfinished thoughts which build on my previous thoughts on film.This month I’ve been almost exclusively shooting film. That’s not completely true as I started January with my Fuji x100t as I came back from my travels and took it off to Wroclaw. However, while I was in Wroclaw I noticed that the EVF was a bit…strange. When I added the fact that the batteries weren’t lasting as long, a friend asked me a couple of questions about film, and I had half a roll of tri-x left in my Olympus. I decided to finish it off and shoot some more film. I had even considered doing a “
The Olympus SP 35 is a fun camera but not without faults. It requires manual setting (although there is an aperture priority mode which I never use), it has a very simple focusing ring which isn’t great when objects move beyond five meters or are closer than a meter. The 42mm focal length is fine and the lens is very sharp. But I lost a couple of frames recently when I accidentally set the self timer. It turns out that if you set the self timer and progress the film before the timer finishes, the timer will run next time as well. Urgh.
Still, having a mechanical camera which will work with or without a battery in (it’s only for the light meter and aperture priority mode) is a lot of fun. Sure, you have to load the film but that’s that.