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    new to me at least. . .

    original unmolested fm body
    fully manual, fully mechanical
    does have an in-finder center weighted ttl meter, but can run without it
    chrome plated - copper aluminium alloy body

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    and a nippon kōgaku nikon nikkor 28mmf2.8 ai-s lens

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    plus a few rolls each of t-max 400 and tri-x 400 kodak b&w film to get me started
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    I gotta Niiiiikon camera.
    I love to take phoooootographs.
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    don't take my kodachrome away
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    Yeah, but can you also phone people on it?

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    Only since the Covid booster....
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    nice nikon! It should be a fine tool. Equal to anything thing you could want to use. I think you can really make and take some wonderful photographs with that. The world of stock choice and framing will be a great journey.

    now for what joe would do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    new to me at least. . .

    original unmolested fm body
    fully manual, fully mechanical
    does have an in-finder center weighted ttl meter, but can run without it
    chrome plated - copper aluminium alloy body


    and a nippon kōgaku nikon nikkor 28mmf2.8 ai-s lens



    plus a few rolls each of t-max 400 and tri-x 400 kodak b&w film to get me started
    Developing tank with 35mm spiral?
    Enlarger? - or are you going scanner from negs?
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    This is too fun - want to join you Paul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Developing tank with 35mm spiral?
    Enlarger? - or are you going scanner from negs?
    there is a film camera club six miles from me
    you can rent a darkroom there with chemicals for $30 for four hours or $60 per month unlimited use chemicals included

    reading this now

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    Film is for the contemplative photographer, the one who accepts that in a roll of thirty-six exposures, two or three printable images means success. While film is unforgiving, it forces the photographer to consider each shot and to develop creative problem-solving skills, which will prove more valuable than minimizing their learning curve will. The prints from film negatives are visually stunning, and many photographers, especially purists, still find them more desirable than digital prints. Film is expensive and merciless, but it’s artistically gratifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    nice nikon! It should be a fine tool. Equal to anything thing you could want to use. I think you can really make and take some wonderful photographs with that. The world of stock choice and framing will be a great journey.

    now for what joe would do...

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    Although I'm thinking of getting a dedicated camera GASP

    The Fuji x100v seems like my kind of camera

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    I still have my FM2 with 24mm, 50mm, and 135mm lens. Not shown is the 300mm as I was using it the other day on the Olympus and it is still in the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I still have my FM2 with 24mm, 50mm, and 135mm lens. Not shown is the 300mm as I was using it the other day on the Olympus and it is still in the truck.

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    Nice set up. You need to post more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Nice set up. You need to post more!
    jimmy might post more original photos here than anybody else!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    jimmy might post more original photos here than anybody else!
    he needs a daily thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    there is a film camera club six miles from me
    you can rent a darkroom there with chemicals for $30 for four hours or $60 per month unlimited use chemicals included

    reading this now

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    That is a wonderful book. Only problem (dare I tug on Superman's cape?) is that he assumed that you are using a sheet-film large-format camera. Definitely read it through, but a good companion for it when you want to do the practical bits is:

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    I have a Contax that can be fully mechanical, but also has a light meter with 3 modes. Won't be long before I have my hands on it again.

    I have found that Teds piece in #11 rings true, but smacks of retro hipster leanings of which I am weary. The same is true of vinyl, old vehicles and vintage machinery. There is no doubt about films qualities however, and the consideration it takes to shoot a roll IS more than the consideration it takes to squeeze off 200 gazillion pixels of any given subject. I do not miss the dev and print times to see a rough idea of what I have, which is of course instant with digital, and ease of sharing of virtually lossless copies is an advantage also.

    No doubt Joe has an app for that.

    All the best with the new camera Paul, back to basics.. taking photographs.

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    i'm too old for hipsterdom
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    It's not hipsterism, it is a function of the limitations of the media. All artists suffer under, and adapt to, such limitations. Ain't nothin' new about that...
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    I still have my Minolta SrT-101 that I bought in 1970. It has a thru the lens meter, but you have to set f-stop and shutter speed yourself. 100% mechanical. I have about 10 lenses that I bought over the years as my photography interests changed. If I had a dark room it would be fun to get back into film. Until then I will use my Nikon DSLR and my GoPro Hero 9. I mostly shoot video now.

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    I still have my Minolta SRT-102, but it no longer works. That was my first good camera. I also have a Canon AE1. I bought the Canon used from a friend and about 2 days later was offered the FM2, I don't think I ever even used the Canon.

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    I've been looking through a few hard drives, and notice that I still take one shot of some things, so perhaps my consideration theory does not hold water. Must be that skint 19 year old with a 35mm coming through.

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    I know for old farts like us who came up on film, continuing to appreciate film is not hipsterism, but for the average 25 year old with a tape machine in his Beetle and a 1985 Minolta in his hemp satchel, with his new found fervour for previous formats (no matter what) it is most definitely hipsterism. Some of the drawbacks of film have already been discussed on this thread. Remember turning the air blue when your tapes got chewed? Nobody seems to talk about what a drag film was, they just drool over it in reverence for a misremembered age.

    A guy I knew who taught me developing had three suitcases of negatives zapped in a South American airport. Over 6 months work. Yeah baby... film!

    Like I said before, I'm a guilty party.. I've had 4 x 35mm SLRs and a 2 1/4 twin lens reflex... and I can't wait to get the cameras I still have loaded up again. I think there's something about the instant image as an accelerated learning tool that has a lot going for it though.

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    I remember using a polaroid back on my 4x5 view camera to test lighting and framing before I committed to using expensive colour sheet film. I know a couple of pro photogs who do the same thing with a digital back instead of polaroid film. One of 'em is about 35 years old, so firmly in the hipster demographic.

    The recent movie "Lighthouse" starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson (and shot about 10 miles from where I am presently sitting) was shot entirely on 35mm B&W film stock, because the producers wanted the "look" that film gives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post





    I know for old farts like us who came up on film, continuing to appreciate film is not hipsterism, but for the average 25 year old with a tape machine in his Beetle and a 1985 Minolta in his hemp satchel, with his new found fervour for previous formats (no matter what) it is most definitely hipsterism. Some of the drawbacks of film have already been discussed on this thread. Remember turning the air blue when your tapes got chewed? Nobody seems to talk about what a drag film was, they just drool over it in reverence for a misremembered age.

    A guy I knew who taught me developing had three suitcases of negatives zapped in a South American airport. Over 6 months work. Yeah baby... film!

    Like I said before, I'm a guilty party.. I've had 4 x 35mm SLRs and a 2 1/4 twin lens reflex... and I can't wait to get the cameras I still have loaded up again. I think there's something about the instant image as an accelerated learning tool that has a lot going for it though.
    i agree with all of this completely

    i just want to slow the f*** down and relearn and enjoy the process

    i also want real blacks with depth again - so hard with digital
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i agree with all of this completely

    i just want to slow the f*** down and relearn and enjoy the process

    i also want real blacks with depth again - so hard with digital
    Time is everything. Lightroom and photoshop your allies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i agree with all of this completely

    i just want to slow the f*** down and relearn and enjoy the process

    i also want real blacks with depth again - so hard with digital
    The joy of a freshly polished glazing sheet.

    Dichroic filters and multigrade paper

    The club deal sounds excellent
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i also want real blacks with depth again - so hard with digital
    Real blacks with depth ain't so hard - it is the barely perceptible details in the dark shadows that is so devilish to capture. Everything has to be just about perfect - film, exposure, processing, printing, developing the print... everything.

    Toughest B&W picture I think that I ever did was a head-and shoulders B&W portrait of a green-eyed girl with hair so blonde it was almost white, wearing dark blue corduroy bib overalls over a black-and-white checkered blouse. I managed to get the image I wanted - every rib of the corduroy visible, even in the shadows, and smooth continuous grey tone from the highlight on her cheek to the shadow behind her ear, and teeth almost pure white but with the lightest of less-than-white to show the curvature of the teeth. It was awesome. Mostly luck, but awesome.
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    Let's see it?

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    It is a B&W print, so if I shoot it in digital the shadows will block up and the fleshtones will become posterized, ruining the effect that I achieved with film and paper. You should know that...
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    Whatever.

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    Well, I certainly would not want to have you go away disappointed in me, lupo. I do not have the print that I described - I gave it to the model for her portfolio and never printed another one - but one of her from the same sitting (not as good a pose, as she had stopped smiling for this image) below. These are three of the images that I took for my course in B&W advertising portraits in 1976 - blocked up shadows and washed out highlights and all...

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    As long as we're posting weapons of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    As long as we're posting weapons of choice.

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    I got me one or two o' them. Been shootin' with a Pentax since Moses was a child...
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