A couple of months ago I happened across a young chap taking photographs of a medieval re-enactment show using a Nikon F2. I commented on the camera, but said that I didn’t recognise the lens he was using. He showed me the lens and, to my surprise I realised that I actually had one lurking in a box somewhere – an Itorex 28mm f2.8. From memory, the quality of the lens was better than the bottom of a jam jar, but only because the lens didn’t have ‘Robertsons’ moulded into it. I suggested that there were plenty of good quality second-hand lenses knocking about that might turn out somewhat better results than the Itorex, but he was having none of it. He explained that he was happy with the lens he had, he went on to tell me that he always used out-of-date film stock that he’d deliberately subjected to extreme changes in temperature. He wrote down a link to his Facebook page, and when I got home I had a quick look. His photographs were awful. Most were out of focus, almost all had colour casts, there was camera shake and the few that were in focus were only sharp in the centre because of the terrible lens he was using. All of the pictures were covered in dust spots and the odd hair. I should add that, in my opinion, these failings contributed absolutely nothing to his subject matter. His friends, without exception, thought that these offerings were brilliant – one of them commented on his execrable results as being “retro photography at its best”. My F2, coupled with a lovely used 50mm f1.4 that I picked up for next to nothing on a trip to the US still produces beautiful results – should I despair at what this young lad was doing or should I be happy to see him involved in film photography?