Last week I talked about the most beautiful camera ever. But what worth is a camera if it doesn’t deliver on it’s promises?
So I took my freshly dressed Olympus Trip 35 and loaded a cheap color film, some Fuji Superia 200. Yes, color again, though I think I won’t keep up that bad habit. All things taken into account, I prefer black and white!
I developed my film myself, color is only marginally more difficult than b&w to develop. You just have to watch those temperatures, and there I found a nice trick: A cheap aquarium heater!
So some quick scans later and here are the results. I’m not entirely happy with the film. Too many frames badly focused (my fault) and a very grainy emulsion made me chose just a handful of photos from this roll. Mind you, in black and white film grain does not bother me a lot, but in colour film I find it horrible…
As well, In b&w I tend to push contrast, crush my blacks and blow highlights – just my (bad) taste. With color film I prefer a much more ‘pure’ rendering, preferring to find the character of the film, of the specific emulsion.
All in all, the camera is very fine, the lens keeps it’s promise, the light meter seems accurate within the capabilities of the camera and operation was very smooth!
For me, this camera is a keeper! Makes me want to go out and shoot, and that’s the most important in a camera! What good is the best camera when you never go out with it? Reminds me of my long gone digital Canons… they kept sleeping in a camera bag under my desk, never used, or rarely so.
This camera to the contrary, when I got the focus right (yeah, got to concentrate on that), made me smile. The results are pleasing, even beautiful for some photos.
Mind you, these are just quick scans I did with very hurried edits, just to get a feel for the results of this test roll. I guess the next film, that’s already loaded, will get a more careful treatment. And of course it’s an Ilford HP5 black and white film!
But for now let’s take a look at the last presentable frames from this roll:
This is the one I prefer, the only real keeper of this roll. Bold colours, strong shadows, puristic subject…. and not tweaked in Lightroom. Well just minimal sharpening and clarity.
I like it a lot!
Then there’s the obligatory letterbox…. gotta make a book out of those!
Thanks a lot for visiting!