My New Vintage Olympus OM-1 Camera-Or How I Deal With Yet Another Birthday

They say "time flies when you're having fun". Well I must be having a lot of fun because time is sure flying by! Yesterday was my 49th birthday. I can honestly say it's hard to believe that I'm closer to 70 than 25 but that's just the way it is. I always tend to think of myself as much younger than I really am, which I guess is a good thing. I always try to enjoy life as much as possible and one of the ways that I have really enjoyed life over the last few years is through photography. So I figured, "what better way to celebrate another year on this earth than to pick up another vintage film camera?" That's exactly what I did.

Since I got into film photography last year I've wanted to pick up an SLR. A few weeks ago I started my research in earnest and came upon the Olympus OM series as a worthy contender. I also had a friend who had a Nikon FM2 that I was very interested in. In the end, I decided to go with the OM-1 for my first vintage film SLR because I came across a camera that was for sale locally and came from a fellow Atlanta photographer who is very much into film cameras. He had the camera for about a year and had it recently "tuned up" and adjusted. In addition to the body, he had a 35mm f/2.8 and 75-150 f/4 Olympus lens for the camera. He also had a "vintage", light-teal colored camera bag which sealed the deal for me. :-) Here's an image of the camera along with some 35mm film I purchased. I'll use the film with the OM-1 as well as the Yashica Electro GSN Rangefinder that I got earlier this year,


I'm really looking forward to using this camera, especially as a "walk-around" camera. I think it will be a great complement to the Yashica and I see myself running a bunch of film through this camera. And, to be honest, I really can't think of a better way to enjoy the occasion of turning another year older than by doing something you enjoy, and film photography is definitely something that I'm currently enjoying very much!

I hope to get through a roll of B&W film this weekend. Stay tuned.......