A few weeks ago, my two friends and I went to the Watsontown Flea Market, which takes place every Sunday.
We’d never been there before and weren’t aware of the hours, so we got there when a lot of things were shutting down. But still, as soon as we got out of the car, my friend pointed at a table across from us and said, “Hey, look Erica, a camera!”
The camera in question was an Olympus OM-10. The guy was asking 20 bucks for it, I offered 15, and he gave it to me for 15. Not a bad deal, considering I hadn’t tested it or anything, but it looked very clean on the inside.
A few years ago, I was interested in buying an Olympus film camera. I was back-and-forth about whether I wanted the OM-1 or the OM-10, and eventually chose the OM-1.
I’m sorry, but I’m not a big fan of the OM-1. I really, really want to like it, but the way the light meter works seems so inconvenient to me. It’s a dark little lever on the side that flicks back and forth between two brackets to let you know when the lighting is correct. I think it’s difficult to see, and it always took me so long to take a photo with it. Someone, please feel free to tell me why I should love the OM-1, because I still have it.
Anyway, the OM-10 is a totally different story. It has a light meter that reminds me of my beloved Minolta XG-1, and there’s something about the quality of the photos it takes that I really like.
To test it after I bought it, I decided to use my roll of I.D.S. Just Click It 160, because it was only 12 exposures. I wanted to finish the roll and get it developed quickly because I was itching to see if the camera worked.
So, I went for a bike ride, and just documented the whole thing. I ended up getting rained on, but the pictures turned out lovelier than I expected.
The last few photos were taken after I got back to my house to use up the roll. It started POURING on me out on the trail, so I had to put my camera away and seek shelter for a bit. I was trying to show the rain on everything and my soaked shoes.
But I love this camera, I must say! The film turned out to give me some pretty cool colors as well, although I really could have picked a more colorful day to use it. Oh well, I’ve still got another roll of it to use.