Serious Glass.

So you’ve probably noticed a bit of a change in the photos on the blog.

Lately, I’ve been shooting Black and White film and scanning the negatives.

First, I’ve never really liked my point and shoot digital cameras. It always feels like you are having to trick the camera to get the to photo you want.

I like SLR cameras, but Digital SLRs seem so complicated, not to mention heavy and expensive.

In general, I am the sort of person who enjoys having complete control over a few simple variables.

I got bit by the camera bug when I was a boy.

When I was in High School, I got my first SLR camera, an Olympus OM-10. However, as the photographer for our High School paper, I used an Olympus OM-1.

There was nothing automatic on the OM-1 camera. You controlled the focus, aperture, and shutter speed. That was all there was to taking photos, aside from picking a subject, lens, and film.

Even with film, I always shot Kodak Tri-X Black and White film, so not a lot of variation.

When I graduated from High School, I asked my parents to loan me the money to buy a similar camera. By that time, the OM-1 had been discontinued and there were still (barely) a few of the newer OM-1n models on the market. I managed to score one of the snazzy ones with a black body.

Serious Glass.

Lurking on eBay netted me these few styling vintage Zuiko Lenses.  On the camera is my current favorite, the G-Zuiko AUTO-S 55mm f/1.2.  It is a super fast lens, with a wonderful softness at the wider aperatures, especially with long exposures.  Amusingly, one of the reasons it was discontinued by Zuiko is that it contains “rare elements”.  I also picked up the wide angle Zuiko Auto-W MC 28mm f/2.8, a slower Zuiko MC MACRO 50mm f/3.5 lens, a very fast Zuiko MC MACRO 90mm f/2.0 lens, and a telephoto zoom lens, the Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0.

The thing that I most needed, with all the low light cocktail photography that I do, was a new tripod.  I had one I’d been toting along with me since my days in high school, but the legs were now malfunctioning badly making it nearly useless.  I really like this new Manfrotto tripod, but am not overly fond of the ball head.  Just doesn’t make sense to me that a single tension screw controls adjusting both the X and Y axis.


I actually also have most of the equipment for a Black and White darkroom, but setting one up is a hassle. I think in California they give you a hard time not just about the water use necessary, but the chemicals.

Instead of doing it myself, I’ve been having Photoworks develop (and scan) the negatives.  They are good people and it’s less of a hassle than developing and scanning myself.  They are far less likely to get dust on the negatives than I am.  Hm, though I am noticing they appear to be scanning my B&W negatives as color, giving them a slightly sepia tone.  Gonna have to mention that next time.

Let me know what you think of the new look for the photos.