Summer in the City with a Nikon F Part Two

I recorded an upcoming Classic Camera Revival Deep Dive with John Meadows and my brother Alex on the Nikon F back on the Canada Day Weekend and I we all got into chatting about just how Nikon got it mostly right with the camera's ergonomics. Nikon didn't innovate with the F, they made everything, better and tougher as the F was a working camera for photojournalists and later on a rig for wealthy enthusiast photographers.

What I got with just two lenses below should seal the deal. Thing is Nikon F's aren't all that expensive and can be easily had for under $200 if you shop smart. Stay tuned, the episode will publish later this year on the Classic Camera Revival Podbean channel.

Camera: Nikon F Photomic FTN, Nikkor HC 50 f2 lens, Nikkor H 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Bergger BRF Plus 400,  ID-11 1+1.

Summer in the City with a Nikon F Part One

My friend John Meadows gave me a roll of Bergger BRF Plus 400 and Pancro 400 a couple of months ago. I love Pancro 400 in 120, haven't really shot it in 35mm, BRF 400 Plus, I have and quite enjoyed it. Now Bergger no longer sells this film as Pancro replaced it, and some quick internet sleuthing reveals it's non other than ORWO N74 which is also now sold as Lomography Kino Berlin 400, if you don't feel like bulk loading.

I loaded up one of my Nikon F's and went into town to drop off a camera at my brother Alex's office at University and Queen and I slowly made my way to Downtown Camera to load up on some Color Plus 200, they were out and Argentix got the business. It was a sunny day and I had to play with harsh lighting, some people wait for golden hour, I go out in the bright sun and make it work.

Anyway, I miss shooting with this film, and I think I'm going to do a big buy of Lomo Kino Berlin in 35mm once I burn down my Fomapan stocks. I really like the cine…

The Road Back Home

After the Toronto Film Shooters Summer Meet Up, I made my way for home, since it was just me in the car and I had nowhere where I really needed to be, I took the scenic route along Highway 7. The game plan was make my way over to Cannington On, visit the family grave plot, shoot around town a bit and then make my way over to Uxbridge for dinner and beer run at Second Wedge Brewing Company.

I need the alone time to think as I'm dealing with a personal set back I'm not going into here and what better than some roadside photography to help process what went down. My family settled in what is now Brock Township and Cannington back in the early 1820s and I always try and stop in if I'm passing through. Also I hoped to connect with my friend and fellow photographer Spring Tripp Reilly of Life's Elements Photography if she was around when I stopped in Uxbridge, that Saturday I got lucky.

Now Ferrania P30, this film is silky smooth but you have to be careful with development …

Peterborough Ontario in Colour with Kodak Pro Image 100

Kodak Pro Image 100 is medium speed C-41 film that historically was available in some parts of the world and not others. To my understanding Lomography sells it under their brand name by the container load. While using order emulsion technology compared to Ektar 100 or Portra 160, Pro Image 100 has the advantage of being very tolerent of wide temperature swings.

Now available in North America Pro Image 100 is only available in 35mm x36 exposure cannisters in five packs. Now, it will pay to shop smart as pricing is all over the map. Both the Film Photography Project and BH Photo sell the Pro Image five packs for the equivelent of about $35 Cad. Meanwhile locally the price per roll is about $14 CAD. I'm big on supporting local businesses, but the math just doesn't add up in this case.

I shot my roll of Pro Image 100 through my Leica M3 with the Type One Collapsible 50 f2  Summicron lens. So we have the pinnacle of mid 1950s 35mm optics to work with. It was also a bright sunny d…