How to shoot film… without using film

afterwork chat
In 2011, I shot nearly 70 rolls of film. I love film. And I really love my Olympus OM-cameras and their fine ZUIKO primes.

I also love the unique look of film and the classic DOF-control of the 135-format (with those great fast lenses from the film era). But I don’t love the amount of time, film-photography eats up. Actually, I just don’t have enough spare time anymore to shoot film on a daily basis. Unfortunately 😦

Of course, I could just grab my Fujifilm X-Pro1 and enjoy the benefits of digital photography – but in spite of the Fuji’s serious retro-feeling, there’s always something missing for me. So I was looking for something between the ultrahigh-resolution-EverythingByWire-digital-world, and the charming slow, manual, organic and often imperfect world of film-photography.

And since there isn’t a digital back for my OM-cameras, here’s the compromise I found for me…

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Infected with Polaroid

Analogtestkabine (Polaroid)
OMG, I knew this could happen anytime…

I got infected with the Polaroid-virus and so I was in the need of a proper Polaroid camera to satisfy my new addiction with some of the awesome new films, the guys from “The Impossible Project” produce in the former Polaroid plant in Enschede, Netherlands.

Yeah, I decided this very special “limited edition” of a Polaroid 600 is a good way to start, since it looks like proper photographic gear and is still kind of unobtrusive when shooting street, isn’t it? 🙂

Expect some instant stuff to come…

Berlin Calling – Part 3: shooting film is hard work!

My scanner was glowing in the dark after scanning the last frame of my recent trip to berlin!

Damn, I know that shooting film causes a lot of work compared to digital and I always have fun while scanning my frames and getting them ready for the screen, but after roll no. 10 of this project my motivation began to decrease…

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bokehlicious weekend

Last week was a very successful GAS-week (gear acquisition syndrome) for me!

Since I jumped into film photography with my first Olympus OM-4 Ti at the end of last year, I’ve always been lusting for some special lenses that are rare to find (at least in “like new” condition). One of those high-grade lenses was definitely the ZUIKO 50mm/F1.2!

Although I already owned one of the latest copies (>#1.100.000) of the ZUIKO 50mm/F1.4, there is still something special about the F1.2 – at least there MUST have been something special, judging by the price difference between the two lenses when they were sold by Olympus in the late 1980’s.

That’s why I kept watching eBay & Co. the whole year, and finally won a NEW 50mm/F1.2 last week…

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Berlin Calling – Part 2: the truth is analog

Summing up the digital shots of my berlin trip was quite an easy job compared to the work 23 rolls of film cause. To get this task done without ruining my marriage (scanning takes a lot of time), I divided the negatives into two blocks. Yesterday I finished digitizing the rolls of Friday (22.07.) and Saturday (23.07.)…

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