Alright. Chugging along, this week I’ll be shooting the venerable Olympus OM-1 with one of my last rolls of Neopan. This is camera is one that I particularly like, but haven’t shot with much. Part of the appeal of the camera is that it reminds me of the Pentax, but much more refined. The film winding is smooth; the shutter sounds great; there’s little mirror slap. Just very well-dampened motion all round. I only have a single OM-series lens so I’ve not shot with it nearly as much as I’d like. Despite having owned it for around 5 years, this is just the second or third roll with it!
In an effort to downsize my camera collection, I am considering a sale of my equipment. I have a large number of film cameras, and I will be willing to sell them if good offers come along. All prices in SGD. Here’s a sample:
Olympus XA2 – $30 with A11 flash, $20 without
Olympus PEN FT w/38mm f/1.8 lens – $380
Voigtlander Bessa 6×9 vintage folder camera (still works) – $80
Leica M-mount 35mm Summaron f/3.5 – $700
Pentax Spotmatic / 50mm f/1.8 SMC lens – $180
Canon EOS 5 or A2E film camera w/vertical grip (with eye-controlled focusing!!) – $150
Leica 50mm Summitar f/2 in rough shape (no longer collapses, deep scratches on barrel due to lousy repair by previous owner), but works – $250
Polaroid Propack Camera with working flash, tested and working. Comes with 1 pack of FP100C – $180
Let your friends know!
Have you ever bought a film camera and had to test the shutter accuracy, but loathe to waste an entire roll of film just for that? Well, I know I have. So I decided to make a shutter tester using the parts I have purchased over the years. Right now, the programming is all done. The tester is theoretically able to detect shutter speeds as short as 1/10000s, though I have not tested it yet. I am also thinking of making a reflective version that will work with a digital camera. In any event, all that remains is to test the rig with a real camera, and also to find a place to mount it. More to come!
P.S. I will be posting a detailed build here at some point, if there are enough requests for it. It is really quite simple. The best part? This can be removed from the computer and act as a standalone.