Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 + Ilford HP5

If you have read this site before, it’s no secret that I love my Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 point and shoot camera. I haven’t shot a film camera since I was young (and those were probably disposable cameras only) so these point and shoot cameras have been an easy way for me to get back into shooting film.

Recently I had the idea to run a roll of black and white film through the camera and see how it turned out. I decided to use Ilford HP5 Plus 400 as the film and was very pleased with the results.

A few things to note:

A lot of the outdoor industrial shots were taken midday on my lunch break and the sun was out in full force. I knew this going in but I was restless that day in my office and needed to go out for a walk and take photos.

I tried to take a photo of the giant moon that was visible one night, knowing it would be a risky shot. I didn’t have a tripod so I pulled into a neighborhood store’s parking lot and set the camera on the roof of my car and took two shots. As you’ll see below, neither turned out that great but I was obviously moving too much on the second shot and it resulted in what reminds me of a stick figure made of light.

What I really love the most is how the photos of my sons and their friend turned out. In the first set I had great lighting outside and those turned out the best. The photos near the end of the roll were shot inside at night and the flash did the hard work. I would easily take another roll of this film and just line people up outside and shoot away if ever given the chance.

As I have noted in my other posts on this camera, it suffers from light leaks common with this model. It’s most noticeable when I shoot on a sunny day as you will see in the photos. Sometimes the leaks add a certain character to the photo that I enjoy while other times it’s a little distracting. But on overcast days, like in the first two shots below, the leaks aren’t noticeable at all.

I can’t wait to shoot another black and white roll with this camera.



































Minolta F35 Big Finder

I was recently inspired from this post by Awesome Cameras to keep my eyes out for a Minolta F35 Big Finder camera. I found this camera and loaded with Fuji Superia X-tra 400 film to shoot around town and document more of the Nashville snow that kept us stuck at home for a few days.

As you can expect, the camera is very easy to use and it cannot be overstated just how large the viewfinder is. It’s something Awesome Cameras points out in their video but you really can’t understand the size until you use the camera. It’s huge.

I shot around Nashville, including the dilapidated baseball stadium that has yet to be torn down. On the way walking to the stadium I have to cross an overpass and I snapped a few photos there. I really like the way the overpass photos turned out.

I had this roll developed at the same time I shot my Olympus Zoom 80  and it’s not fair to compare the two cameras, but I still enjoyed shooting the Minolta and I think some of the photos turned out well. I believe if I shot on a sunnier day, I would have more dynamic photos, but given I was simply pointing and shooting quickly (especially on the cold snow days), I like how these turned out.

If you’re ever looking for a fun camera and run across this Minolta, pick it up!

Photos below and I’ll include the great video Awesome Cameras produced at the end of the post!



















Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 Snow Daze

This is my third blog post on my Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom camera but as you can see with my other two posts, I love the simplicity of the camera and how the photos turn out each time I have the film developed. These photos were shot on Fuji Superia X-tra 400.

January brought Nashville freezing temperatures and I had a few opportunities to shoot the frozen days, the snow days and even the final thaw.

My favorite photo of the roll is the one below of the trees. I love the way the center tree is highlighted.

My next test on the Olympus will be with black and white film but in the meantime, enjoy these shots below!













This Week In Photos 1/14-1/20/18

Below are a week’s worth of photos and some thoughts on how they turned out. To see more photos and read more about our week, join our weekly newsletter!

Nashville was snowed in for a few days this week. My kids were out of school all week and I was able to work from home for a few days which was really nice. Earlier in the week I took a few photos around the Wedgewood-Houston area of Nashville and those turned out great, along with the obligatory snow photos once the cold front arrived.

All of these photos were taken with a Polaroid 600 camera on Polaroid Originals B&W film!

The above photo is of the historic United Records Pressing plant here in Nashville, TN. If you have ever purchased a vinyl LP, there is a good chance it was manufactured here. I took a tour of the building years ago and the best part is the Motown suite, an apartment they built upstairs for Motown staff to stay in while in Nashville. Segregation made it hard for Motown executives to find hotel rooms here in the south. The apartment was never updated and still had the vintage furniture and appliances used. So cool.

I shot this photo on an overpass not knowing if it would really turn out. This was the first time I used my Polaroid camera for an action shot of something moving as fast as cars on the interstate. I really love how this photo turned out and it’s one of my favorites to date.

The remaining photos of the week are all snow related as a cold front moved in and finally brought enough snow to keep us home for a few days. I love the way the snow looks via black and white instant film!


This Week In Photos: 1/7-1/13/18

Below are a week’s worth of photos and some thoughts on how they turned out. To see more photos and read more about our week, join our weekly newsletter!

2018 started with a couple of cold weeks here in Nashville. The first week didn’t produce much snow but the lake near our house was frozen and I walked down to grab as many pictures as I could before it melted. All the photos below were taken with my Polaroid 600 camera with Polaroid Originals film. I really love how the colors turned out!