New 50mm on the F3.

When i bought the F3 it came as body and motordrive only, no lens. I like 50mm and have some in my collection. But i wanted to keep the pre ai on the nikomat and the 1.8 af-d didn’t seem right as it had a much newer cosmetic appearance. So finally the seller i got the F3 from had a few 50mm ai and ai-s lenses. I chose the 50mm 1:2 ai. The photo’s in this post are made with this lens and the last 5(6 including the b&w conversion) are shot using the DW-3 waist level finder i also got from that seller.

I love this lens. According to the internet it may be a bit slower but is tack sharp. Well, it was the cheapest, my main reason to get this one. The film used is fresh Agfa Vista 400 asa, Hema developed the film and scratched it again? I am still not sure if the F3 scracthes the film or Hema does it. A few analogue photographers i have contact with are sure it is Hema who does it when they examined the scan with scratches. Anyways, ice eliminates the problem on color negatives an positives anyways.

Tech details: Nikon F3 with on photo 1 to 3 normal finder and 4 to 9 the DW-3 wlf – Nikkor 50mm 1:2 ai – Agfa Vista 400 asa fresh batch – Nikon Coolscan LS-40 – Nikon scan 4.03 12 bit Ice/fine – Photoshop for adjusting black and white levels and a little usm – Border maker for border – Irfan view for resize.

Cheers, PZ

Shooting a Nikon L35af…

Well for one i am not a compact camera shooter. I have played with a Pentax compact, even a Leica c1 but somehow i cannot become friends. Same story for the L35AF, though it seems like a good camera, with according to some background checking, a nice 35mm 2.8 lens. So i filled it with Hema 100 iso film, expired but no clue on it’s age. Did the normal kind off stuff, around the place where i live. But 24 shots through the scanner showed me at least 10 with user error. Must be because about 14 did look fine. It are not the most interesting shots, sorry for that. See it as a test, wich in the end it was.

Will i shoot with it again? Well maybe fresh film will show the promised sharpness a bit better but i think it will be sold or just keeps laying in a locker for ages. Also have an Olympus compact filled with film laying here somewhere, should finish the roll of film on that one to.

PZ