It is an irony that I now own an Olympus OM-2N. When digital cameras took the world by storm, I despised film cameras simply because they weren’t ‘in’ (sounds like Esmé Squalor, isn’t it?). I was quite a naive teenager back then.

I must confess that digital photography is still foreign to me, let alone film. I almost bought a Pentax K1000 after reading tonnes of articles that say the K1000 is a good start for beginners and how it could theoretically last forever being a mechanical camera. My novice instinct told me to go for it. Logic prevailed, and I ended up with an Olympus OM-2N. The large viewfinder and aperture priority mode were helpful.

The manual split prism focusing was tough at first. I went on shooting four rolls, always worrying that something bad might have happened, before I finally got to see the end product.

My biggest fears were:

  1. The film roll was somehow not loaded properly. Because of this, I kept tinkering with the rewind knob and doubted whenever the rewind knob didn’t rotate as I advanced the film. Thank goodness the fiddling didn’t affect anything;
  2. Blurry photos because of shutter speed and manual focus;
  3. Light leak. I opened the cover without fully rewinding the roll after the knob came off probably due to fear no.1; and
  4. Getting the exposure all wrong. Well, I got some wrong, but not all.

In the end, it turned out that I was being paranoid. Generally, the photos were sharp, and the camera worked like how it was designed.

Here are the photos from the first four rolls:

Sunrise. Yering Gorge Cottages, Victoria, Australia. (Kodak Portra 400, 2018).
Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, Australia. (Kodak Portra 400, 2018).
Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Mornington Peninsula, Australia. (Kodak Portra 400, 2018).
Ipoh, Malaysia. (Kodak Portra 400, 2018).
Merlion Park, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Padang, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Merlion Park, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Merlion Park, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Orchard Road, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Singapore Flyer, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
The Wheel of Happiness. Singapore Flyer, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Disney Tsum Tsum display at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
This was quite underexposed.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Kodak Gold 400, 2018).
The Shoppes, Singapore. (Kodak Portra 400, 2018).

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