The new joy of film

Olympus-35 ECI recently became the owner of an Olympus-35 EC, a compact film camera made in Japan around 1970. It’s close to pristine and its battery-powered components remain fully functional.

The proof of the pudding is in the shooting, however, so I quickly and easily loaded a Fuji ISO 400 colour film and went on my travels around west London with it tucked away in my pocket. Unloading the film was also slick and stress-free with this clever little gadget.

The first results have arrived after a trip to the developers. The bad news first – some close-ups I attempted were out of focus failures, simply beyond the range of the little Zuiko lens.

But that was the only downside. I’m impressed that a 45-year-old camera is still able to produce such clarity, depth and colour with that authentic granularity. Film definitely rivals digital on this evidence – and has its own magic too.

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Gallery entrance

The Photo Shop


19 thoughts on “The new joy of film

  1. Lovely images, Mike. Soft Pink Underbelly works really well and the colours in Dusk at Holland Park are stunning! :D Who needs new when old obviously works so well! :)


  2. I love working with film. If the Internet was paper based I’d use it all the time – the images are just so much (for want of a better word) better.

    These pics are great x


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