I am CONSUMED with everything Olympus today. I told you all that my first SLR was an Olympus OM 1, right? My dad gave it to me in the mid-late 80s, I think. I took it to France, and then to college, and also to Scandinavia. I stopped shooting for a while in my pre-DSLR days and I kind of lost track of it. I feared that when I was going through one of those “I have too much stuff; everything must go!” stages that I might have dumped it into a bag for the Salvation Army.
But today at brunch (it’s a Sunday thing that I do every week with my mom and dad) I asked my dad about his old Olympus camera kit. It's basically a blizzard here in Chicago and we were sitting in front of the fire with nothing much else to do so I thought it would be fun to see what he had. I should probably also mention that I'm seriously considering buying an Olympus OM-D E-M5 as a 2nd camera, and selling my Canon 70D and Tokina 11-16 (which is designed for APS-C and doesn't play well with my 5DMIII). Anyway. Yeah. I have a serious case of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome).
My dad brings down this giant bag of OM gear with a ton of stuff in it including my old OM-1. First of all, it's just adorable. Cosmetically, the OM-D E-M5 looks like a smaller version of the OM-1 and yes, when I buy it, I'll be getting that vintage-y silver version since it looks so much like the camera I cut my teeth on. I feel like I've just found an old friend though I do remember that the OM-1 and I didn't really part as friends. We had some issues loading film that left me in tears more than once, as I recall. Even so, I'm still feeling pretty cuddly about finding it.
You know what else was in my dad's camera bag? A ton of old OM lenses. I don't know why I never realized how tiny camera gear used to be but I think that some of this stuff might be great fun on the OM-D E-M5. Olympus charges almost $200 for an OM to micro 4/3rds adapter but Fotodix has one for $25, which makes trying out these manual film lenses a no-brainer.
Here's a list of the vintage gear that came home with me today:
Olympus OM-1N MD camera
Olympus F. Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1.8 lens
Phoenix/Samyang MC 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 lens
Phoenix/Samyang MC 18-28mm 4.0-4.5 fish eye lens
Vivitar MC 70-150mm 2x Matched Multiplier
Kiron Reverse Mate (to reverse your lens for macro use)
I've been reading reviews and some people rave about the qualities of these old film lenses while others give them a solid "meh." While these lenses were moderately maintained, and don't have obvious scratches or blemishes, they are pretty dusty. I think my end results are going to have the sort of look you can get from a hazy VSCO preset.
More to come after I pull the trigger on the OM-D Em-5...