35mm Film & Vintage SLR cameras



  Nikon FE Olympus OM-1 Olympus OM10 Olympus OM40 Pentax K1000 Ricoh KR10 Super  
This section is all about the cameras and how I use them.

It’s worth stating, before anything else, that I never Photoshop any of my images. The most I ever do is resize them, and I don’t use Photoshop for that anyway. My motto is that a photograph should be right first time, and if it’s crap, well, I need to take a moment to understand why it’s crap so I don’t make the same mistake again and waste even more of my precious money.

In any case, using a computer to fix a bad shot is a bit like putting lipstick on a pig; at the end of the day, it’s still a pig.

I mention money because I only use film cameras, and film costs money to buy and develop. In fact, taking into account purchasing and developing, each shot costs me around 45 British pennies. Plenty of people will ask why bother when you can get a digital camera and shoot all day for nothing? My answer to that would be, well, quality beats quantity any day.

Most of the shots on this site were taken with a 50mm lens. This is the workhorse lens that can do a bit of everything. It has much the same field of view as the human eye, it has little distortion, it usually has a large range of apertures. If you can’t get great shots with a 50mm, then maybe try another hobby.

Aside from the cameras, I have a tripod and cable release and a stock of spare batteries. That’s about it. 

I won't include any example shots on these pages because there's no point; any quality SLR in good condition can take great photos. If the colours look different from one shot to another, it's down to the film. If the focusing's off, it's down to the operator.