Olympus OM-1 and Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 – Mercedes van study

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Well what can I say about the wee Zuiko lens, this little classic which I picked up for buttons. A mere 50 euros, a bargain second hand. If you can get your hands on this tiny beauty don’t hesitate on it.

Olympus OM-1 and Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5
Olympus OM-1 and Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5

I took the OM-1 and the Zuiko Macro out and about around my neighbour in Graz.  Now I must admit to you, that my first roll of film the ILFORD Pan 100 did go to plan. The development, unfortunately, got completely messed up but that’s not the story here. I re-shot a fresh roll film the IFLORD PanF 50. But don’t tell anyone I messed up…

Everything you want to know about the Zuiko Macro Lens. This stuff packed video about all the awesome things you can do with the Olympus Zuiko 50mm f3.5 Macro Lens. This macro lens you can use on both analog and digital camera. I will cover scanning film with the zuiko macro. Shooting film on the streets of Graz both Macro photography and straight photography with this little lens. I also cover the workflow in photoshop how to convert your scanned negative to positive.

I’ve also provided a kind of podcast/audio companion to this article so you can listen along as well.

Getting started with a few macros

The first of on my macro journey was to the Church across the street to photograph the wrought iron door handle from 1890.

A small study

I moseyed on in the opposite direction, knowing about a parked green Mercedes Benz van that might make a good appearance in a image or two.

Setting up my trusty, bashed up, carbon (and several times repaired) tripod and with the Olympus OM1 camera’s mirror lock-up, up, I made images. Images around the rusty and dusty van. Along with cobwebs and cracks. I was sure to achieve an image or two.

The more I captured, the more engrossed I got. Trying to feel an story of the past that object seemed to state in its presences and its wear. Let me know what you think of the images of the van, do they say something to you?


When the film some doesn’t want to play ball, don’t give in. Generally most of the time I have no issues developing film. However, this time around the ILFORD PAN 100 got mangled up and I re-shot everything again with one of my favourite go-to films – ILFORD PAN F.

I’m glad I didn’t give in and I found that I’m getting quite comfortable with PAN F, too.

Thanks for reading.

~ Gavin


Developed it in DDX for 8 mins and of course using my Spinmatic device again (check out the linked video!)

The film was agitated initially for 10 seconds and then again after every 10 seconds. Fixed for 4 mins, rinsed and then given a wetting agent bath for 1 minute before being hung to dry.

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