I am prone to overdo the things that I love. This includes food (a constant struggle) and my hobbies. If I love to do it then I want to dive into it. It is why I am very careful when I choose what I fall in love with. The addictive personality can be a very dangerous thing.
That early, foggy morning on the Charles Bridge in Prague, I fell in love with the sound of a shutter. That shutter was an old Hasselblad camera that a photographer was using. When I turned and saw him looking through the waist level viewfinder just as he fired another exposure, I remember that sound reverberating through the fog. I knew it was love.
That love has taken me down a very interesting path in a very short period of time. It started in Prague with the helpful encouragement of my father, pushed me to buy a wonderful Hasselblad 500 C/M. I then returned home to try to find a waist level finder for the camera. While searching through Ebay I stumbled on a Olympus OM-2. Finding that everything would work on my OM-1 pushed be to purchase it.
My OM-2 came with four lenses including a 28mm, 35mm, 135mm and 70-135mm. It looks wonderful except that the exposure counter does not seem to be working well. The viewfinder is clean and clear and all seals have been replaced. A great little camera.
During my search I came across the wonderful Nikon F3. For those of you who do not know about this camera please do not study it. It is an amazing piece of equipment and I must believe it is the perfect 35mm camera. I say this because the viewfinder is very bright, making focusing easy, the aperture and shutter speed can be seen when looking through the viewfinder and all the ergonomics seem to be intuitive. I am currently through the 24th exposure of a roll of 36. It appears to be almost mint.
I will be adding some thoughts on each of these cameras in due time. I need to play with them a bit more to get a handle on them and figure out what I like and what I do not. I would not call these reviews simply because the cameras are no longer being made. But it will give those budding film enthusiasts some food for thought.
I have made a very conscience decision to stop purchasing cameras on Ebay. This is difficult because they are such a real bargain. You can purchase a professional camera for USD 200 or less. This is a near mint camera that when originally sold would have cost USD 1,000 or more.
I cannot believe I can buy such great engineering for such a relatively small sum of money. As an added benefit these cameras were so expensive the owners took very good care of them. Many are near mint and while they all need some tender loving care many can give you years of fun and good service.
The video above is a short one but I like that Matt goes through some great cameras very quickly with one or two details each. If you like the look of any one of them you can look them up individually.
I agree that a camera can be very personal. I have my father’s old OM-1 camera and it will always be near to my heart because this is what I learned on and I still have some great pictures that my father took with it.