35mm Winter

04 April 2018


Olympus OM-10
M.Zuiko 50mm 1.8
Kodak Portra 400



This post is literally years in the making. I have talked about wanting to shoot film multiple times on this blog, and after seeing post after post from KayleighCarrieLizzie and Anna, I finally decided to stop talking about it and actually be about it. So, I bought an analog camerawhich was a process.

Around the time I graduated high school, I had my heart set on a Pentax K1000. They were going for like $100 on eBay at the time, but I knew nothing about bidding on eBay, and even after my mom gave me the okay to use her credit card, I punked out, for fear of being duped or sent a faulty camera.


Fast forward to November of 2014, I spotted a Canon AE-1 Program on Etsy. Everyone is using these cameras lately, and I was almost early to the party, but I had alot going on at the time (including the passing of my father), so I ultimately abandoned this Etsy conversation.


Fast forward, again, to December 2017. I was back on the eBay hunt. All my research serendipitously brought me back to the Pentax K1000, the ultimate analog camera to grow your photography skills. The fully-manual design forces you to learn the rules of exposure, unlike the Canon AE-1 Program, which essentially chooses the exposure for you. I wanted more control than offered by the AE-1, but not as much freedom as the K1000 would give. This is where Olympus came to the rescue.



I found a local camera shop that specializes in analog photography, so I bought the OM-10 from there. They showed me how to load the film (my first roll was free!) and even threw in some accessories to get me started. The camera also came with a 7-day money back guarantee, so I knew I was not being duped or sold a faulty camera. The only thing I wish they would have shown me was how to nail down the manual focus. Out of 36 exposures, only about 10 of them were properly in focus. Clearly, I have some learning to do, but I look forward to it.


What I do not look forward to is the cost to have each roll developed. I picked up my first set of prints last weekend and was in such sticker shock that I had to vent about it to Saniyah at brunch (thanks for listening, girl!). This may turn into a seasonal thing, especially since Dunwoody Photo (the only place around town that still develops film and returns your negatives) is out of the way for me.

We shall see.

5 comments

  1. Oooooh, love these shots esp. the one with J in the snow. I had a kind of similar issue with my photos that I took with a disposable camera when they came back from being developed - alot of the photos were out of focus which kind of bummed me out.

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    1. oh no! i’m surprised they came out blurry from a disposable. don’t give up hope - get another one!

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  2. There photos came out great girl! Maybe the price tag maybe a little worth it lol but these are really good tho.

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    1. thank you! i guess no hobby is cheap these days...

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  3. I've been thinking about getting into film because I'm working on a gallery wall in my living room. But girl, during my research, the prices almost turned me off completely. Perhaps I'll make my way back around to the idea, but as of right now -- I'll just enjoy your seasonal pics. LOL!

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