So I bought a “new” camera a week or two ago. The Olympus OM10 35mm camera. I don’t know how many of you still use 35mm film but I can tell you it isn’t too cheap. Although the camera itself cost me around £60 (can be much less but I liked this tan version) including delivery – the film and developing of that film is quite expensive. The 35mm film itself can cost £5 – £7 per roll. I managed to get a pack of 20 for £10 which is pretty excellent considering. The developing of this film will cost me £5 per 35mm film if I would like it scanned to a CD. In the future, I plan to purchase my own film scanner saving me money in the long term. Film developing would then only cost £2.50 per roll. Still much more expensive than digital photography.
So why would I choose to use this camera? The Olympus OM10 obviously isn’t new or more advanced than the latest DSLR cameras on sale but I am hoping that it can help improve my photographic ability. It’s so easy to take hundreds of photographs with digital cameras that I find myself sometimes taking far too many photographs ‘just in case’ and picking the best ones later. During the week or so I have been using this camera I have noticed myself being more selective about what I photograph. I am taking time to compose the images and check the angles before shooting. Admittedly, I haven’t developed any of the photographs I have taken yet. For all I know they all look really terrible. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed using the camera. Something about having to load the film and focus manually etc seems therapeutic.
Give me a week or two and ill let you know how the actual photographs look. If all goes well, expect some food photography on 35mm.
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66