I like to dabble in film photography from time to time. My personal goal is to shoot at least a roll of film a month, although I have to admit I haven't been very good about keeping up with it the past few months. I hope that will change this summer with my latest camera acquisition, an Olympus OM-4 Ti. This is a neat 35mm camera that I've desired for quite some time for a couple of reasons.
The first thing that got me thinking about the OM-4 Ti is a little silly perhaps. I'm a James Bond buff and ever since seeing an OM-4 Ti in the title sequence to "License to Kill" I've wanted this camera. The camera's cameo appearance has nothing whatsoever to do with the movie itself but it was a prominent feature in the title sequence. Great product placement, Olympus! My copy of the OM-4 Ti isn't an exact match to the one from the movie as that one was in the more common champagne color and I picked one up in black. The black copies actually are more expensive usually. I was lucky enough to catch one in stock at my favorite used camera seller, KEH, during a sale.
The other reason I've been wanting this particular camera is because of the unique spot metering capabilities it has. My film cameras all have meters that are either broken or that are not very accurate any more. I've been wanting something with a good meter so I don't always have to have my Sekonic with me while shooting film. A spot meter is preferable and the meter in the OM-4 Ti is a really good one. The spot is a bit large as it takes up the entire focusing prism spot. However, the camera is able to let you take multiple readings and average them together. In fact, it allows up to 8 spot meter samples to be recorded for exposure evaluation. It works great! You can see some of the shots I got in my initial outing here. Most of these were taken using auto exposure in conjunction with single or multiple spot metering.
A couple other nifty features on the OM-4 Ti are the Hi-Light and Shadow buttons. These are a nice convenience feature that let you spot meter either a highlight or shadow area and push a button that automatically adjust the exposure to keep your whites white and your blacks black. The Hi-Light button adds 2 stops to the exposure and the Shadow button substracts 2 2/3 stops.
I'm hoping to shoot a bunch more rolls of film this summer and hopefully having the OM-4 Ti as my muse will keep motivated and on task. Queue James Bond theme song...I've got a license to shoot.