A Comfortable Companion

Of all the cameras I have, there’s one I keep coming back to, the Olympus OM-2n. I don’t entirely know why. It’s a good camera, but it’s not an outstanding camera. I have a couple other cameras that fill the same compact SLR niche and that have better specs on paper than the OM-2n, butContinue reading “A Comfortable Companion”

Formula Perfected, the Nikon FE2

Being one of their last manual focus cameras, the Nikon FE2 comes very close to perfect. It’s a very solid camera that is very focused at getting out of your way and helping you take the photos you want. On the surface the FE2 may look like almost any other aperture priority SLR (such asContinue reading “Formula Perfected, the Nikon FE2”

Why I love Kentmere Films

Generally considered Ilford’s budget brand, I’ve grown to love Kentmere’s two films, Pan 100 and Pan 400. Because the films are somewhat newer (first released in 2009), and because it usually sits on the “student” shelf at stores, these great films are frequently neglected by photographers who would rather go to the more well knownContinue reading “Why I love Kentmere Films”

Photography, without a Light Meter

One of the nicest convenience features many film cameras come with is a built in light meter. Having one allows you to focus less on making sure the exposure is right and more on the composition of the photo. But sometimes you won’t have a meter. Maybe your batteries died in the middle of shoot.Continue reading “Photography, without a Light Meter”

Tiny but Mighty, the Olympus OM-2

If there’s any camera line that seems to be consistently underrated, it’s the Olympus OM line. Because of their diminutive size, commenters across the internet frequently miss that these machines were marketed at professional audiences. But by dismissing these incredibly capable cameras, people lose out on using some of the best and most capable camerasContinue reading “Tiny but Mighty, the Olympus OM-2”

Developing Black and White Film on Easy Mode

One of the things that made me super nervous just thinking about developing film at home was that thought in the back of my head asking “but what if I screw it up?” Disclaimer: If you’ve never developed film before, you’re going to need to combine it with a different guide for learning to develop.Continue reading “Developing Black and White Film on Easy Mode”

My Most Important Camera Tip

READ THE MANUAL! I can’t overstate how useful reading the manual can be. Maybe a lot of it is stuff you already know (most cameras operate in a pretty similar manner, and most manuals include a quick primer on the basics of getting a good exposure), but a many cameras have their own set ofContinue reading “My Most Important Camera Tip”

What film should I use?

After buying, inheriting, or otherwise acquiring a film camera, the first question you’re probably asking yourself is “what film should I use?” Unfortunately, just like the earlier question of “what camera should I shoot?”, there’s not a clear, immediate answer. Okay, so that’s not entirely true. My personal opinion is that you can’t go wrongContinue reading “What film should I use?”