Articles from Got film

Nikon Series E 35mm f/2.5

I’m generally not too keen on Nikon’s Series E lenses, but I acquired a 35mm Series E with a Nikon FM I bought. I put it aside and didn’t use it, until now. I thought it would be good to try it out and see what images taken with this lens look like. I’ve mounted it on an FE2 – and I will say the FE2 is a fine film camera, but the fact that it prohibits you from shooting/metering until you get to frame number 1 is a bit annoying.

How Does This Thing Work?

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved to take things apart to find out how they worked. Maybe that’s one of my fascinations with photography – the fact that I love how cameras work. I remember one of my first cameras in high school – a Minolta SRT-101. A fairly simple camera, but it was what I could afford, and it worked well for yearbook photos I took. But after a couple years, my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to take it apart. First, just the base plate – to make sure it didn’t need cleaning, or lubrication. Then, I had to remove the top as well.

Best, Shmest…

There’s no such thing as the best camera!

I’ve seen some articles/posts on photography lately – some titled, “The Best Camera for Landscape Photography” or “The Best Film Camera for Beginners”, and I’m getting a little ticked off just looking at the titles. I mean, who are they to tell me what’s best for me?!

Canon New FD 50mm f/1.2L

I’ve been wanting to review this lens for a while. From what I’ve read, it’s an extremely sharp lens, but maybe doesn’t have bokeh that’s as appealing as some other lenses – mainly do to the aspherical glass. I wanted to see for myself.

Placing this lens on my New F-1 makes the camera only slightly larger and heavier than with the 50mm f/1.4. I think it’s quite pleasant to carry. The slightly longer lens actually makes carrying a bit easier.

Infrared Photography with Ilford SFX 200 Film

So, from what I understand, Ilford SFX 200 film is not strictly an infrared film. It is black and while film, which is also sensitive to light in the infrared spectrum. So, technically, you could shoot with this film, and develop it to display standard black and white images. It is still sensitive to the normal spectrum of visible light, but also sensitive to light in the 700 nm to 900 nm wavelengths – which is considered infrared.

Everyone’s Favorite Film Cameras – Nikon FE, FM, FE2 & FM2, and why the FE is my favorite

I have lots of reviews and sample photos for all kinds of cameras on my blog. I suppose if you ask 10 different people what their favorite is, you may get 10 different answers. My favorites are my Olympus film cameras (because that’s what I’ve used most), but I like lots of different cameras for many different reasons. I see stats on my blog, however, about what people are searching for when they find my pages.

How to Pick a Good 35mm Film Camera

I have a theory about buying used photo equipment. Buy a camera that wasn’t owned by a professional photographer, but buy a lens that was owned by a professional.

Here’s my reasoning. Cameras wear out eventually, and they have a finite lifespan, greatly influenced by the number of times the shutter is fired. Cameras owned by professionals tend to have a lot of shutter actuations, or firings, thus reducing the camera’s life. Lenses, on the other hand, if cared for (like most professionals I know do) will last a very long time.

Canon New F-1

While I was out of town, my Canon New F-1 was delivered. I hate when that happens; when something is finally delivered by the post office, and I’m not there to open it!

Well, when I got home, I was excited to see this camera. These Canons, like the professional Nikons, usually had a rough life. I can tell this camera’s shutter has been used quite a bit, but it still has some life left in it!

So, since I’ve never used this model before, I’ll give my initial thoughts about usability, features, and finally I’ll share some images.