Is it me or does Venice have more than its fair share of windows? Every building, old or new, seems to have a window at every possible space. Ironically I didn't see any 'venetian blinds' on any of them :)
This has apparently been the case since the beginning. The oldest palace on the Grand Canal, the Ca' da Mosto, [13th Century building, immediately below - second palace from the right] is no different.
I remember when I was first searching for a good 35mm rangefinder, there came a point when it was between this one and the Canonet GIII Q17. Goodness knows how many hours I spent watching YouTube videos and reading forum reviews, but I never did get my hands on either, until now. The Olympus 35 SP that I found is in near-mint condition. In my excitement I popped in the usual Agfa 200 film and headed outdoors to snap some photos before even bothering to familiarise myself with the camera first. Besides, I'd shot so many rolls with its siblings the Olympus 35 RC and Olympus 35 RD, it's pretty much second nature to me now. Boy, was I wrong.
Straight away I couldn't understand what the heck I was looking at when I looked through the viewfinder. The RD, and even better, the RC spoils you with speed/aperture information in an easy to understand way. What I could see in the SP were a bunch of numbers I was sure meant something, just not to me. I went ahead and snapped some…
It was World Photography Day the other day. I picked the Olympus OM-1 as my camera for the day mainly because I had recently acquired it. I had also been reading a bit about some photographers of note, such as Jane Brown, that used the OM-1.
I was immediately impressed with the size of the thing - so small. I later learnt that it was indeed Olympus' intention to make an SLR smaller than all the existing ones with the giant prisms. Sound familiar? That is almost exactly what is happening today with the Olympus OMD series. To quote the oracle in Battlestar Gallactica "All of this has happened before, and it will happen again".
My copy came with the beautiful Zuiko 50mm f1.8 MC (marcro) lens. I am familair with the Zuiko quality, but when the photos came out, I was blown away. In fact, I commented somewhere that Olympus should have named it the "Olympus OMG!". That's how good it is.
The above photo of the minibus was taken in relatively dim overcast light. W…
“Is that a Leica you’re wielding like a sword?” uttered the street snapper as I walked past him one chilled out afternoon in east London. “I beg your pardon? oh this? It’s an Oly”. He was then immediately less impressed and apparently more understanding of my nonchalant attitude to the camera. You will occasionally see me holding my camera by the neck strap while walking, leaving it free to swing back and forth. The gentleman used the wrong medieval weapon metaphor of course - the correct one would be a ball and chain. He could also be forgiven for mistaking it for a Leica. I’d by then pimped the thing up with a Leica Leitz style vented hood, and the self timer lever had snapped off in such a way that it left a Leica looking ‘red dot’ in the correct place.
The Olympus 35 RD has been referred to elsewhere as the ‘RC on steroids’. That’s basically accurate. The lens on this thing is simply magnificent. The aperture opens all the way to f1.7, and the slow shutter speed settings …