Thought I should do a quick post about what I got in my camera bag. As I said before, I’ve converted to 35mm film cameras for my street photography. Actually I got two bags. One for digital, and one for analog. This is about my analog bag. The digital bag, is not that interesting. But still, I think I’ll keep my digital gear. At least for a while. Sometimes it’s just required to have the images done the next day.
My analog bag is something like this.
Olympus OM2sp with winder.
Olympus 28mm F/2,8
Olympys 50mm F/1,8
Olympus 135mm F/2,8
I’ve been using Fujifilm Superia 200. My next roll will be Kodak Portra 400. And Ilford HP5+ 400 for black and white.
The Olympus OM2.
|Olympus OM2sp. Here with 50mm, 28mm and 135mm.
And four rolls of film
So this is my dear OM2sp. The way I got to know the OM2, was through a friend of mine, who also own a OM2sp. Some years ago, in high school (about 2007), I had the privilege to loan his camera. The first thing I noticed was the huge and bright view finder. I haven’t seen anything like it before or after. It’s like looking through a big shopping window:) At that time, I was all in to DSLR. I had just bought my second DSLR before I tried his OM2. So I was like “The view finder is so huge and nice, but its film….”My head was in the digital world. Plus I was working in a local paper at this time, so film was no option for my use.
|One of the image from the first roll. Taken with the OM2|
When I got in to street photography, I saw the benefits of using film. And got convinced by many street photographers. Especially Eric Kim. Who also is a huge source of inspiration for me.
I’m still a student, so I can’t afford the street photographers dream camera, Leica M. I guess I had that view finder, and the feeling of the OM2 in the back of my head for some years.
Then it was time to start the hunt for a OM2. In Norway, the OM2s are pretty high priced. About $300-350 for a body and 50mm in good shape. And when I found this OM2sp with six lenses, winder and 10 filters. Everything in two camera suitcases, for $250, I had to have it.
|The Olympus OM 2 with the OM lenses, film rolls,
Yashica FR and it’s case.
I bought it from a photo enthusiast who had had it since it was new in 1985. Back then he gave $3500. Thats about $7500 in todays value! The camera and lenses is in almost mint condition, and I believe $250 was a good deal.
The winder is very fun to use. It makes so much noise when i shoot, that people turn around on the street :p When they see the camera, they smile at me (in a nice way).
The first roll with the OM2, was basically just for testing the camera. That the light meter works fine, and that everything is OK.
|Low light test photo. ISO 200|
My Father’s Yachica FR
I love this camera. The images has a nice vintage feel to them.
|This is actually the very first photo I took with the Yashica.
Not that great :p But I guess the exposure isn’t that bad.