Back in 1995 Olympus released the last of its professional line of OM series bodies – the OM3Ti. It coincided with their 75th anniversary and was based on the elusive OM3, available around a decade earlier. So why am I discussing it here when all there is to write about it has probably been written? Well, we have one of these in our collection and I have a particular fondness for it. At present, it spends most of its time tucked away in a camera bag full of analogue gear, getting ‘exercised’ once or twice a year with a roll of E-6.
Those photographers who enjoy macro or close focus photography will appreciate how important a sturdy tripod and well-made focus rail are. I have always held a particular fascination for macro work as I enjoy making images that illustrate the infinite patterns found in flowers, or alien like insect detail.
It seems rare today for a camera to come along that looks like it is designed by a photographer and not a by a consortium of IT orientated experts. Most cameras are bristling with buttons and their menu items allow users an almost infinite amount of configuration. Enabling/disabling some of the options can be frustrating to say the least, and having a copy of the manual close to hand is almost a pre-requisite in the early weeks of ownership.
It is into this world that Leica's X1 was born, its Spartan appearance making it stand out from the crowd. It is a beautiful example of minimization, devoid of all unnecessary controls and built to simply take still images.