Showing posts from 2020

Nikkormat FTn, Old Faithful.

This makes Nikkormat FTn  number four in my collection, judging by the plastic tipped film advance, near the end of the production run before the FT2 was introduced. I got this off Ebay a few weeks ago on a whim. While I could fix the jumpy meter in my Nikkormat FT3, my early chrome FTn, I could not due to a stubborn screw on the lens mount that just would not budge.

What's the allure of Nikkormat FTn's? For me partly memories of growing up in Montreal in the 1970s, my dad had one and he documented my brother and I throughout or childhood on Kodak Tri-X and later slide film. Two, I have always recommended this camera to people who wanted to buy into a Nikon system on the cheap. Nikkormat bodies are by and large under $100 CAD then you can focus your remaining budget on lenses, and Pre Ai Nikkor glass is less expensive than the later Ai and Ais lenses. The other bonus, these cameras are built like tanks that work in all kinds of weather, what's not to love?

On this little …

NIkon FE2, Bergger Pancro 400, HC110 B. Part Two

The more I'm looking at these negative scans the more I'm impressed with Bergger Pancro 400 processed in HC110 B. I would love to try their propriatary developers but none are available in Canada, and shipping liquid developers across borders is just asking for trouble, even pre pandemic.

Camera: NIkon FE2, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8, and 28 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Bergger Pancro 400, HC110 B.

Nikon FE2, Bergger Pancro 400, and HC110 B.

Ok, Rodinal 1+25 is not the best developer for Bergger Pancro 400 in 35mm. With this roll I went with HC110 dilution B (1 part developer, 31 parts water) and I used my Nikon FE2. I got a lot more of the shadow detail this time out and the grain was a lot smoother. I made a couple of 5x7 darkroom prints of the Mercedes AMG Roadster and the line up in front of Cobs Bread and they came out as great looking prints.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Bergger Pancro 400, HC110 B.

Wandering Around with the Mamiya C220f.

When I traded off my Hasselblad kit last year some friends wondered if I was going to miss having an interchangable lens medium format camera in my line up, the answer was no, because I have one, the Mamiya C220f.

What a tank of a twin lens reflex camera, especially compared to Rolleiflexes and another TLRs out there, the Mamiya C220f is sturdy, and the lenses available for it are 55, 65, 80, 105, 135 (an interesting lens in its own right), 180, and 250mm. The only lens I don't have is the 250mm, I should look for one at some point. Yes I lose out with the lack of interchangable backs but I'm one for finishing the roll of film.

I managed to stuff my C220f with the 80mm lens on, some film, a light meter and the 55mm lens and hood into my Lowepro sling bag I use for skiing for my morning walks. What I should do next time is rock a 65mm and 105mm lens combination. The Mamiya while hefty sits well on my back while walking around the neighbourhood.

I used Freestyle Photographic…

Bergger Pancro and Rodinal 1+25

Bergger Pancro 400, a dual layer black and white film that looks beautiful in medium and large film formats, the tonality is gorgeous. In 35mm, the tonality is there but we got grain, a fair amount of it. I decided to give it the college try to crack the cold of Panrco 400 in 35mm, the first roll you seel below was processed in Rodinal 1+25. Yup, grain, reminds me of J and C Classicpan or Fortepan 400 from 15+ years ago. Great tonality but grain you can play nine innings with.

My Portrait with Alexandria has the depth, and I like what I got out of it, the shots during the rain on Kerr St. look great but downtown Oakville was dark and lacking in shadow detail which is hard to come boy. Not sure I'm going to process again in Rodinal, I have shot a roll of Pancro 400 up in Elora a few years back with some success with it being processed in HC110 B. Now the big proviso, I shot this roll at 320 ISO which usually gives me shadow detail I need, I may have to expose at 250 ISO and see wh…