The Gardens on Superia Xtra 400.

Back with more analogue.  All images shot with my Nikon F3, 50mm f2 ai-s on SuperiaXtra 400 asa expired 2-2011. I used the DW-3 waist level finder. Nice slow down photography using this kind off focusing and i am happy with the results. It was difficult to get accurate focus but almost every shot was a hit, maybe because i really took the time for the composition end the focusing. Shots are all taken at The Gardens of Life in Teuge, The Netherlands. Enjoy!

Tech: Nikon F3 Nikkor 50mm f2 ai-s Fuji Superia Xtra 400 asa expired 2-2011 coolscan ls-40 Photoshop

PZ

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

Nikomat, love it!

Nikomat FT2 + Nikkor 50mm 1:2. This gear is a gift, a great gift. What a fun machine to work with. Also i am pleasantly surprised with the lens. If you have read my previous post about the F3, for the pictures and the feeling about these counts as the same. This is what i see around me and for me it’s fun to do, maybe it’s not that interesting for you as a reader, but as some info and performance of gear and film it might be usefull.

Techstuff: Nikomat FT2, Nikkor 50mm 1:2, Fuji Superia Xtra 400 asa expired 2-2012, Coolscan LS-40, Nikon San 4.03 12 bit default ice fine, Photoshop CC for color correction and some little tweaks like sharpening. Bordermaker was used for the white border and sig.

PZ

More F3

Yes, shooting with the F3 is fun. The pictures in this post will not qualify as great pictures but the fun i had making them is what is important to me. All are shot with an ai-s lens i have owned for a longer time, a Kiron made Vivitar 28mm 1:2.5. Ah well it’s not super sharp wide open and for some good corners i need to go to f8 i guess but what the hell, it’s solid as a rock and looks great on the F3. Focusses so easy and gives me fun. Do still need a 50mm that will work with the normal metering function, i have a 50mm f2 pre ai wich can only do ‘stop down metering’.  The used film was expired, no clue how long. The Hema is strange, some negatives are badly damaged with scratches and some are almost not, makes me wonder what the hell they do in their lab. In practical terms this means some negatives are in PS for 1 minute and some for 10 to 15 before dust and scratches are gone. Maybe, i should or maybe i would be a wiser man if i developed the black and white film myself.

All the pictures are taken on my walks with the dog in a circle roughly 2km around my home. For me the shots , well some at least, make sense. Normally i view it walking by. Now the environment has become a still. For me great to look at and makes my world look different.

For the technical part, Nikon F3 – Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 ai-s(serial 22…) – Kodak TMax 100 asa expired(date unknown) shot at iso 100 – Nikon Scan 4.03 at default negative/mono setting – Tiff to Photoshop CC for dust and scratch removal and some tweaks in levels and a little sharpening.

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First roll through the F3

The first roll of film through the Nikon F3. Kodak TMax 400 asa, expired 2001. I used 3 different lenses for this test. A Nikon Series E 75-150 1:3.5, a Nikon Series E 100mm 1:2.8 and a Vivitar 28mm 1:2.5(Kiron made). It was great fun handling the F3 with these lenses. Shots are simple shots of all kinds of stuff.  My Coolscan ls-40 digitized the negatives and i used Photoshop to remove some spots and to do very small adjustmenst to the black and whitle levelpoints. No sharpening or anything else.

In the meanwhile i got a great gift, an Nikomat FT2 with Nikkor 50mm 1:2 pre ai. A gift from a gentleman i know from LC forum. Next to that i have a DW-3 WLF coming in for the F3.  Nice stuff!! Also i am now in the cloud with Adobe, i took there offer for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5.

Also i was able to play with a Nikon Df and some ai-s glass, i was and still am stunned by this camera, it’s great!

PZ

F3

Through an internet contact who also has a love for photography and Nikon SLR’s a aquired this masterpiece. There was a hype going on at places i go to for photography on the net, so thought i would also give in to this long lasting wish. Got it a price i can live with and cannot complain about. It is a F3 with standard finder and K style focussing screen. Attached is the MD-4 moterdrive. First roll of film has gone through and all is fine! Its a beast, i love it!

Stay tuned for first results from this amazing camera.

PZ