Sheffield on an Olympus OM-2n

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(All pics: Chris Chinnock)

By Chris Chinnock

The images I’m sharing today come from a business trip to that most exotic of locations – Sheffield! Oh the glamour! This being my first blog post for World on Film I’d like to begin with the first ‘proper’ film camera that I owned, the amazing Olympus OM2n which I bought about four years ago.

All kinds of other makes and model of camera have come and gone but the OM2n is my constant companion. Besides being such a beautifully made piece of kit, the form and function of the camera suit my shooting style and it’s so light and compact I can sling this over my shoulder for a whole day and not really notice it’s there.

The Olympus Zuiko lenses (which are amazing) have the aperture ring on the front edge of the lens – it’s such an ergonomic design, it amazes me that other manufacturers didn’t follow suit? The lens that is most often attached is the 28mm f2.8 Zuiko which is great for wide-angle work, I also own a 50mm 1.8 but I usually only take one lens on a trip with me, I’m really not into carrying loads of kit around – I like to keep things simple (and light).

The other thing to say (and I know that maybe this is less important to some folks) is the thing just looks ACE – designed and made in the 1970’s (like me) it has a classic understated charm (unlike me) Anyway, you get the idea, I flipping love this camera – it’s well made, has great glass and all the buttons, knobs and dials are where I want them to be, perfect!

I spend quite a bit of time on the road for my work which means I get to visit loads of different places but often only for a short amount of time – when I do get some downtime then I like nothing better than to hit the street and start taking in my surroundings.

It was a beautifully bright spring day and for most of my business meeting I was gazing out of the window pondering a peculiar shaped building across the street and basically counting down the minutes until I could go and get a closer look. The building, which looks like a cross between a cheese grater and a Borg cube from Star Trek, is just a boring old car park but you’d never guess that from the outside. Using this as my starting point I meandered my way through the city centre – my eye continually drawn to the architectural features of my surroundings.

I use a DSLR camera for commercial work (I shoot events, portraits and products) but in my own time I use film pretty much exclusively and develop my films at home as much as possible.

The Olympus OM-2n, Chris Chinnock’s weapon of choice

These images were all shot on a single roll of Rollei Retro 80s film which suited the bright conditions perfectly, with a lovely smooth high contrast look which I am very happy with. For the eagle-eyed amongst you there are two buildings from Leeds in this set which I took on my way back home to finish the roll!

I hope you like the photos and I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in future posts – see you next time!

* You can see more of Chris’s photos on his website, his Flickr and Instagram.

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