Am I a film prosletyzer?

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  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    I work at a university art department. Recently, this former student and graduate, contacted me about an Olympus OM3 that he found at a thrift store for $20. He wanted me to take a look at it to see if it works. After taking a look and showed him the basic operations of the camera, I offered him a roll of film. He next day he stopped by for the roll film and I showed him how to load and shoot the camera. He thinks the camera is worth a few hundred bucks and he wants to Ebay it. I told him that the camera is special and he should keep it and shoot with it.
    My view on life is live and let live and I don't proselytize on religion nor politics. I do shoot digital and don't have a problem with it. I do favor the use of film. Have I crossed a philosophical line here? :confused:
     
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    Advocacy with people who already have expressed an interest or a connection is not proselytizing. I don't think you should fret about it.
     
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    No. The student is going to do what he wants, and if you advise against it he'll find someone who advises him with what he wants to hear.

    Offer it up, and if he blows it off there's nothing you can do.

    But offering the advice is not crossing the line, at least not in my mind.
     
  4. Rick A

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    Dang, an OM-3 for $20. I'm still kicking myself for not buying one instead of my OM-4, they were the same price back in 85. No, I had to listen to the salesman and get the best, one that "did it all for me", I'm such a maroon.

    And to answer your question, no you are not.
     
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    In a word? No
     
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    It sounds to me like you're genuinely concerned for the welfare of his soul. The same could not be said about religion or politics :D
     
  7. Mainecoonmaniac

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    I'll probably earn extra karma bucks that can be redeemed for film too :wink:
     
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    I learned years ago to not give unsolicited advice, because I'm usually wrong, and when I'm right, nobody listens anyway. Hey, he came to you seeking advice. That's the key.
     
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    Offer him $40 for it and buy him a lunch from the mobile hot dog cart.
     
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    No matter what you said and why you said it, he will do whatever he wants to do. I wouldn't be surprised if it's on eBay already. I wonder why you told him the camera is special though. Most early OM series cameras are plentiful. OM-10 is special to me because that was my first camera. But it isn't a special camera. I bet OM-3 isn't anything special to him, unless it'll bring him some profit.

    As I see it, he asked and you offered him your opinion and assistance. That's all you did. After all, you are faculty. He's a student. Isn't it the proper role in colleges?
     
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    Hi tkamiya,

    Why is the OM-3 special? Like Rick, I have long wanted one. It's fully mechanical at all shutter speeds, like the OM-1, but as I understand it was built to tighter tolerances. It only uses the battery for the averaging / spot-metering system similar to the OM-4.
     
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    Yes, I understand. My point was.... for that student, it wasn't anything special. WE understand and appreciate these qualities. Also, we were there when those cameras were new. We either have seen them or lusted our heart on them. For vast majority students, it's just an old camera.

    Heck, if I can find a mint quality black OM-10 that doesn't have the dreaded electrical problem, I'd get one in a heart beat!
     
  13. Bill Burk

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    Ah, that makes sense. He might sell it, and that's perfectly fine. But maybe he'll keep it knowing it's special. If he has any interest in film photography it would be a good starter camera.

    I've told a buddy it was OK with me if he sold or donated some of the cameras he fell into, but hold onto the Rolleiflex cause it's special.