My posting certainly has fallen off in the last few months. The main reason is, at least for now, I have reached the end of my gear acquisition phase. I think most of us do this when we are returning to film. For me I saw all these cameras that I had never been able to try before selling so cheaply. I think I wanted one of everything. Well, it didn't get that bad, however I did end up with a lot of cameras. And the process of learning about each new camera gave me a lot to write about. Now while there are still a few cameras that I would like to have I don't feel an urgent need. I am feeling now like I can remain satisfied for a long while with the cameras I already have on hand.
I did just recently develop some Arista 100 that I took with an Olympus 35 RC. I shot this roll to test the auto exposure on the 35 RC. I continue to be pleased with the performance of the 35 RC. It is hard to beat for an easy to take with me camera. Although I find that the Olympus XA is even more pocket-able and achieves an image of similar quality.
One thing I did learn from all the cameras that I have tested is to value the compact rangefinders from the 1970's and early 1980's. I came to photography at a time when the SLR was starting to dominate and never gave much thought to the rangefinders. I am glad that at this late date I have finally come to appreciate these smaller cameras that are often much easier to take along then the smallest of SLRs. I think having one of these compact rangefinders is now an essential part of my photography toolkit.
I do hope that every bodies New Year is off to a good start. I leave you with a couple more from the Olympus 35 RC.