(Actually they’re both friends) It was Summer and dry and hot, definitely a memory I need in these cold months. My friends wanted some pics taken for their wedding, I was happy to oblige. There were all the standard pictures that are taken at weddings, though these are my personal favorites.
There were two other photographers so I didn’t have the pressure of getting all the needed shots, I could play around and have some fun. It gave me an opportunity to test out the re-released T-Max P3200, plus play around with a new point-and-shoot, one of the Olympus Stylus Epic line. I can’t complain about the camera (at least not too much), because it cost me $3 at the local Goodwill (the battery cost four times that), but I will anyway.
The Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80 has all the failings of its ilk: autofocus that can sometimes be inaccurate, a pretty salient and distinctive lens flare (or that might be a plus depending on one’s mentality), a flash that must be turned off every time one opens the camera, plus automation in film winding and shutter release that might make one lose a critical shot. But if you know anything about these cameras you already know all the downsides. For the price I paid I’d say the camera was worth it. It’s small enough that I can carry it in a pocket or around my neck everywhere I go, and for that purpose it does what it needs to. For off-the-cuff shots during a wedding it was a good compliment to an all-manual camera; the zoom lens–though slow–came in handy too.
As for T-Max P3200, the jury is still out for me, but this is only my first roll of the stuff and I’ll admit that I did the film no favors by shooting it in the Colorado sun. I mostly wanted to look at the grain structure and can see that it will not handle high-contrast scenes as well as Tri-X, but then it’s designed for low-light shooting. I actually pulled the two shots that show the film to its best advantage, and I don’t think they stand out too much from the Tri-X I also shot. I fully intend to use this film for shooting inside where it’s dark, so until that I have nothing to say about the film yet.