Articles from Got film

The Dynamic Duo: Olympus OM-1 and OM-2

About 47 years ago, the camera world was shaken up by a new player in 35mm SLR cameras; Olympus. Olympus, known in Japan for it’s optics and scientific equipment, introduced a new SLR that would compete in some ways with Nikon’s F2 and Canon F-1. The OM-1 wasn’t nearly as flexible as the best Nikons or Canons, but it was a new design. It was compact, with professional features.

A Civil War Cemetery

I love history, and since I’m in Virginia for a few days, I thought I’d try to find some history from our country’s civil war. I found a few cemeteries nearby on the map, so I thought I’d try to explore one.

The one I chose is called The Lyons Family Civil War Era Cemetery, and as far as I can tell, is maintained as part of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks.

Fill Flash in Landscape Photographs

It always frustrated me when I saw people taking photos at a concert or of other distant subjects, and I saw everyone’s flash going off. Don’t people understand that flash is only effective for a short distance? Don’t they realize that using flash to photograph your favorite musician on a stage 90 feet away is utterly useless? Don’t they care that using a flash at long distances just won’t work?

My New Favorite Lens

I’ve used many different lenses in my photographic lifetime, and I’m a little disappointed by the size of newer lenses. I remember my manual focus lenses from 40 years ago, and especially my Olympus OM System lenses, and I miss their small size and light weight compared to most newer auto focus lenses today (especially the fast ones).

My Beloved OM-1

Periodically, I pull out an old camera and shoot a couple rolls of film with it – just for fun. Today, I pulled out an OM-1 body with 50mm f1.8 lens, which is the same camera and lens I shot with in college. It brings back fond memories. Memories not only of college, but of why I liked this camera when I first picked one up. It’s a solid little camera. It’s not just heavy, but it feels solid in your hands. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s different than any other SLR I’ve held.