family camera

I’d been toying around with the idea of buying a film SLR camera, when I remembered that my parents used to own one back in the day. Unfortunately, it turned out that they were no longer in possession of it. But, it wasn’t entirely out of reach – my brother had it. A quick text message later, and I was on my way to his house to pick it up. He hasn’t even used it so we don’t know what working condition it’s in. It’s looking a bit worse for wear though. I also picked up a telephoto lens, which unfortunately has mould on the inside (I think dad nearly cried when he saw it). They’ll probably need to be sent off somewhere to get cleaned up. Which will probably cost a mint. It would probably be cheaper to just buy a new (old) camera on ebay. Oh well, we’ll see. I want to start taking photos nowwwwwww. On a brighter note, it turns out that my parents still have a bunch of lenses stored away that are in better condition. Jackpot!


  1. Just B. April 23, 2010

    The camera looks lovely.. I'd really love to have a camera like this too!

  2. muchlove April 23, 2010

    Oh, my parent's old film camera (which is now also in my possession) is also an Olympus! I've had lots of fun with it (although I'm afraid it's deteriorating now). It feels more special than any old camera because most of my childhood photos were taken with it, and I love the sentimental value.
    I hope you'll be able to use the one you have too!

  3. notjustmedical April 23, 2010

    Looks like a great old camera, I see what you mean about the cost of fixing it up! But at least it's a family heirloom in a way!


  4. Hannah April 23, 2010

    I know what you mean. My dad gave me a film slr camera a short while back and I'm desperate to get some film in it and test it out! Hope you'll post the pictures you take!

  5. oo you have the Olympus OM-20, I have the one up OM-30. I don't know how similar they are but mine is so amazing. I am in love with it. I hope to see some photos from you soon.

  6. Athena. April 23, 2010

    oh, i do wish i had a camera like that!

  7. danica April 23, 2010

    oh, you are so lucky! i can't wait to see the images that you take with it πŸ™‚

  8. Jess April 23, 2010

    Oh I've ALWAYS wanted to play around with a film SLR. Can't wait to see your pics once you get it all organized!

  9. Joellen April 23, 2010

    My dad has a Canon 35mm SLR that I used like, two years ago but now the film won't advance! I'm so upset, I hope we can get it fixed! Yours in beautiful. Try fixing yours too!

  10. Rachel Lynne April 23, 2010

    Looks very vintage πŸ™‚ If it doesnt work it'd always make a good prop in a photoshoot or whatnot, have a great weekend!


    Blushing Tulips

  11. Meggstatus April 23, 2010

    My parents also had a camera like that back in the day, but they didn't have a great lens collection. I can't see what kind of pictures you take with this!

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  13. Dalena Vintage April 23, 2010

    How lovely! Can't wait to see what you shoot…There is something very satisfying with film! From shooting to printing or waiting for your prints. Have fun!

  14. soph (owl vs. dove) April 24, 2010

    @MuchLove: I agree about the sentimental value. As much as I could try and get my hands on another one that's in better condition, this is the one I want to be using!

    @NotJustMedical: A very young heirloom haha

    @Hannah: Haha it seems like everyone's parents are handing out film SLRs these days. I'll definitely post photos once I get this camera all sorted. Would love to see your photos too πŸ™‚

    @Joellen: Oh no! I hope you can get yours fixed too.

    @RachelLynne: Good idea! Right now I'm enjoying just looking at it haha.

    @DalenaVintage: Definitely. There's so much more anticipation with film photography.

  15. soph (owl vs. dove) April 24, 2010

    @Chloe: I think the OM30 is a later/more advanced model than the OM20. Either way, I'm glad to hear that you've had success with yours! Can't wait to try this one out!

  16. sincerelyangela April 24, 2010

    i been thinking about buying an SLR as well but i'm still saving up πŸ™‚

  17. i love your blog! ive been thinking about buying an SLR camera too, but there are too many other things my money needs to be spend on (umm, bills? damn you)
    cant wait to see the photos you take with it when its all fixed up!

  18. Robyn April 24, 2010

    Oh, good luck! I love film photography. When done properly it has a texture that digital just cant match.

  19. ChYmEc!nDy** April 24, 2010

    nice camera…

  20. June Paski April 24, 2010

    film camera still better than digital camera, ur so lucky ur dad still have it, can't wait to see the photos from it πŸ™‚


  21. Ducks Like Tea April 24, 2010

    Oh I hope it works well, it looks lovely :). I love film photography.

  22. dotie April 24, 2010

    what a pity..hopefully it can be fixed though πŸ™‚
    at least your parents still have those lenses..they can cost a fortune.

    eclectic du jour

  23. fhen April 24, 2010

    it looks lovely
    cant wait to see your snaps!

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  24. Raez April 24, 2010

    Oooooh. I love vintage cameras. is this an SLR? Have fun with it!

    xx raez

  25. rouli April 24, 2010

    lovely post!!!!!!!!

    great blog u have!!!

    so cool posts below!!

    come visit me:))……


  26. Niki April 24, 2010

    It's such a shame that we mostly use digital now – I miss the days of tangible photography!

    My first SLR was a Pentax, which cost about Β£80, and it would have lasted until the end of time had I not given it up for my beautiful Canon (which I later lost and have never gotten over – talk about sentimental loss!).

    I think I got my Pentax from a thrift shop. It might be worth hunting around – I've seen some amazing thrift camera bargains. I saw a medium format in a charity shop a few weeks ago for less than a hundred quid. It looked in decent condition too.

    I hope you this one works for you, but if not, there are definitely SLR bargains to be found!


  27. daydreaminblue April 25, 2010

    i'd love a camera like that. nothing beats that slightly grainy texture of film photos..


  28. soph (owl vs. dove) April 25, 2010

    @deathwearsdiamondjewellery: So true. As much as I want to fix this baby up, there are so many other things that my money should be going towards.

    @dotie: Definitely. My dad was telling me how much some of those lenses are worth. Gobsmacked.

    @Raez: Yep, it's an SLR.

    @Niki: Thanks for the tip! I also like the fact that with film, you have to savour each shot. Like you have to make every shot worth it.

  29. Coco April 27, 2010

    I love working with my film SLR…get it cleaned up and make the most of it, it's so rewarding!

  30. Lianne May 1, 2010

    TThats such a fab camera/picture, my dad collects old cameras so we have a load of cool ones lying around the house…im not aloud touch them though:(

  31. Marinka May 5, 2010

    Lucky you I would love to have a film camera


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