Monday, January 16, 2017

Lower Riverdale Between Christmas and New Year's

I took my Nikon N90s with me to the Beaches over the hump time between Christmas and New Years and got a chance to try out my Christmas present, a Nikkor second generation AF 50 f1.8 lens. It's been ages since I messed around with an autofocus lens and found it fun to work with. I used the camera on manual and on single focus as opposed to continuous autofocus (great for moving objects).

This was also a chance to test Rollei Retro 400S, now first off it is not really 400 ISO in HC110 B which is my go to developer, more like 200 ISO. With all the recent hype with Japan Camera Hunter's Street Pan 400, I wanted to try another near infrared film and see what it can do. Oh baby this has fine grain and handles lousy grey days as well as JCH400. Rollei Retro 400S is coated on a clear polyester base which means you have be careful loading the camera, stay away from windows, otherwise you will fog the first three frames! I just ordered some more of this film and I want to try it on brighter days to see how it will handle.

Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikkor Af 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

The Don River Trench_

Don Valley Parkway Mid Day

The Davies Ave

Davies Ave and Don Valley Parkway Entrance

Merchants of Green Coffee

Doorway to Good Coffee

Lower Riverdale Side Street

Hamilton Street_

Broadview Station Bound Street Car_

Standing in front of Dangerous Dan's_

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winding Down in the Beaches.

I spend New Year's Eve in the Beaches, my brother takes his family to Montreal, I look after Rufus and the house. It's a nice change of scenery any time of the year and I decided to compare JCH 400 to Rollei Retro 400s (upcoming blog post). I do want to support Japan Camera Hunter's film. It's good for film photography to have another emulsion on the market. There has been some controversy within the community, some photographers think JCH400 is dead stock Agfa product when it's a traffic surveillance film put back into production. I think people are annoyed at paying $15 a roll for a niche film. It's not cheap but the more people buy the cheaper it gets due to the volume in the manufacturing process. So let's hope Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter gets an opening order for a skid load of Street Pan 400 from B&H Photo.


Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: JCH 400, HC110 B.

Seriously off Season

Gloomy Late December Afternoon Walk

Plastic Walkway to the Beach

Infill Town Houses

The Sun on the Post

Looking up to 17_

No Patio Action at the Breakwall

Strolling on the South Side of Queen St

Neville Park Bound 501

Whitlocks in December

All Seeing Heads

Queen St. East Rush Hour




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year Season in Toronto

Again, Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 is a great film for dark gloomy days, in particular just after a winter snowfall that left behind a lot of slush.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: JCH Street Pan 400, HC110 B

Slushy Chester

Messy Danforth

Gloomy  Danforth

Houses on Chester_

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

JCH Street Pan 400 In My Neighbourhood

Two things have been re enforced with me, one JCH Street Pan 400 is a great lousy day film and shooting around your own neighbourhood is tough if you lived there a long time...

Camera: Nikkormat FTn, Nikkor H 50 f2 and 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400, HC110 B.

Mothballed Boats

Semi Thawed 16 Mile Creek

Cedar Texture_

Gairloch Mansion

Rough Lake Ontario_

House on William St

51 Reyonolds_

Larry Cain Trail to Allan St

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter Photography in Caledon Part One

The Farmers Almanac predicted a snowy winter for my part of the world, and sorta delivered a couple of weeks ago, I even skied before Christmas which I didn't do last year.

No I didn't go skiing with my Mamiya C220f. I took my shots after I packed it in. Pity temperatures spiked after Christmas. My second day on the boards won't be until after New Year's. A quick note, there will be only one post per week for the next two weeks with the holiday season. Stay tuned for my JCH400 and Rollei Retro 400S film comparison in 2017.


Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, HC110 B.



Abandoned HIghway 10 Farmhouse

Belfountain Village Store_

Getting Off At The Top Of West Hill_

Top End of the West Hill Chairlift

Skiing West Hill_

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the best for the Holiday Season and a happy healthy (and hopefully better) 2017!


Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Halton Region with a Nikon N90s.

I don't really do autofocus, but there is one camera in my current lineup that is one, the Nikon N90s (F90x for the rest of the world) and forgot how nice it is to work with. This camera is a steal, to put into current context, this was the D810 to the D5 if we're comparing Nikon FX DSLRS. Today you can grab one for about $50-75 if you shop smart.

What's great: metering for starters! The N90s has a sophisticated metering that quite honestly, since I don't own any autofocus lenses am really not taking full advantage of. With centre weight and spot metering, I'm pretty much good to go, even then, I got the exposure bang on with my brother Alex's portrait. Now if I had some autofocus glass, I could take advantage of the matrix metering function.

The camera also takes AA batteries which is the best thing ever, they are available anywhere on this planet without a hassle. The only weak spot is the Err message which is the camera's on board CPU telling me the ISO is incorrect even though that was intentional (I like to over expose my 400 ISO films) on my part. The fix is easy, but just annoying to deal with when you're in the middle of a shoot.

I do have a Nikkor AF-D 70-210 F 3.5-5.6 lens on the way, so it would be nice to grab a nifty fifty lens and I can use my Ais 28 f2.8 manual focus glass because it beats the autofocus version by miles.

In a fit of inspiration I wrote an article for the Film Shooters Collective which will be published on there at a later date. The second that happens, I will link back to here.

Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400 HC110 B.

Nikon N90s

Limehouse Garage_

Bridge Through Limestone_

London Bound Via Train_

Bruce Trail in Limehouse_

Snow Covered Lime Kiln 2_

The Bridge Across_

What's Left of the Mill_

Limehouse Community Hall_

Rare Shot of Alex_