was my old love reincarnated?
I took some of my best film photographs on an Olympus 35 LC. This was the predecessor of the more famous (and heavier and more complex) 35 SP. They share the same cracker of a lens, a 42mm f1.7 zuiko. It's a simple fixed-lens rf with an up/down light meter and manual operation. I shot with it as recently as two years ago, and then went over to the digital side.
Since then I've shot with all sorts of DSLRs--and done work I'm very proud of.
Then I started reading about the E-P1 and GF-1 and that little 20mm lens. Hey, wouldn't that be a bit like my 35 LC. Had to find out. I'm thrilled. The rendering quality of the 20 f1.7 reminds me greatly of the LC's 42mm lens. I don't really miss the rangefinder, I have to say. I wear glasses (that's me in the last pic below) and I always had to scrunch the camera into my face with rfs or with DSLRS.
To me, the screen reminds me of the gentler photographer/subject interface of the twin lens reflex camera.
Just wanted to share my joy. I love my new E-p1 and Panny 20!
The photos below: first one taken by my wife of her mom and our daughter, Zora, second is my father-in-law picking (rather sorting fresh-picked) garlic, and third one is me, self-portrait.
Nothing earth shattering. But they please me.
I'm going to be shooting a blueberry farm for Edible Finger Lakes this weekend and I'll be using the E-P1, Panny 20, and the giant 12-60 Oly 4/3 zoom (until m4/3 releases a fast zoom).
-D is for Doug
No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. ~Robert Adams, Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995 (I suppose that should now read: "and have a full battery and an empty memory card." Though that sounds so dull.