So I take a lot of photos… This is what I do it with.
- Olympus OM10
- Olympus OM2n
- Voigtlander Dynamatic II (broken light meter and untested!)
- Recesky DIY TLR
- xVB35 (deceased)
I’d recommend this camera to anyone who ever wants to take a photo. It’s effortless, indestructable and very forgiving.
We had one sitting in a draw the entire time I was growing up, and it was the camera that my baby photos were taken on. When I got to uni I got the urge to play with it and that’s how it all started really. My “first” camera, and the best I could have had.
Following that vomit-worthy fanboy story I’ll admit that this one knocks the other out of the water completely, but don’t tell her I said that.
Amazingly comprehensive camera. If you know what you’re doing, it’s very easy to do it with this in your hands. My criticism for DSLRs is always based on frustration that controls are situated on menus and displays on the back of the camera, so having all controls lined up along the barrel of the lens instantly wins this one for me.
Voigtlander Dynamatic II
I found this in a charity shop for £5. The light meter doesn’t work. I haven’t finished a film yet, but when I do you’ll be the first to know about it.
Recesky DIY TLR
A christmas present from my awesome brother in 2011, costing only £11. For starters I got to make it, which being an engineer made it the best possible present for me. Then, after emptying a film in it I realised it was actually a really awesome way of getting some nice effects. Definitely going to give it a lot of use in sunny days in the future.
Yeah, I’ll be honest, it’s a disposable camera wrapped up in insulation tape… But oh such fun for £3+ materials.
This page has been created in loving memory of my Olympus OM2
I got this camera before Christmas 2011 as a gift, and it gave me such beautiful results. It really got me focussed on photography and I went for about 3 weeks without taking it off my shoulder.
Then I dropped it and everything broke. OMs are notoriously indestructable, but it turns out that I introduced a sharp, concrete blow to the one point that needs a bit of care. We live and learn.
It’s a piece of someone’s history as my OM10 is to me, so when I have the money and means I’ll repair it again but until then it stays in sad retirement.