In the whole world of Nikons and the huge membership here, I simply cannot believe that there are so few posts on this forum. Why is it that no one is here? Or no one is posting?
This forum is a shell of its former shelf and it is NOT because of digital cameras anymore than loving one child more than another in the family because he/she is now playing football and the others are too old.
Actually, been reading your latest post activity. I´m one of those people that, after a break of 20 years, started again in the photography hobby, a little bit more digital. After a couple of months shooting digital, ended up buying two film cameras: one F80 (which i'm quite impressed about the so very good results; and one F Photomic FTn from my birth year 70 (i consider myself an old school guy) with 4 MF lenses 28, 50, 135 and 200, with which i'm speechless concerning the results.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
maybe we need to revisit old topics - i am expanding my filter collection to include ND 4x filters as i alway wondered how to get waterfall pictures with out over exposing everything! So how about a tips and tricks with MF film, or whats in my bag?
I know that I'm just too busy to post often. I'm either helping out with my 3 year old niece, running errands, doing job searches, or visiting other forums (mainly non-photographic forums), that sometimes I just don't feel like posting either here or at APUG.
Part of the reason why the forum isn't as well populated as it used to is because a lot of people left when the site went paid only. Some are either still very upset about it, or unaware of the fact that the basic membership level has been reinstated as a permanent level, instead of a trial level. I've tried my best to contact people and let them know that they can return, but some of the email addresses I have for former members no longer work.
F4s, F2AS, F FTn, FM2n - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
I normally don't check this forum but something made me check in. Just today I bought a Nikon F "64" and the 5cm f2.0 S as a matched pair. It looks to be in near mint condition and will look nice in my collection but I bought it to use. I already have 3 FTN's but I wanted one with the prism only. I'll be mixing up a batch of XTOL tomorrow and defrosting some film from the freezer. Even though I mostly shoot digital I get more satisfaction from a well exposed B&W print.
I also just bought a Leica IIIg so I'll be busy with film for awhile. I've wanted both of these cameras for some time and probably wouldn't have gotten either one if one of my favorite sellers, Collectible Cameras, wasn't running a 20% off everything in the store for the next couple of days. I don't recall him doing that before.
By the way almost everthing in the store is for film.
All right, great to hear from you folks! Dying breed? Not me!
Check out Tokyo Camera Style website and you will see a lot of film cameras carried on the streets. Then, you will notice that there are camera style sites all across the globe...New York, Hawaii, etc.
We are out there but no one is posting much for some reason.
I know this is a bit old, but the funny thing about the paid membership is that my F4s was acting like the film was at the end after every shot. I tried adding and subtracting the "s" grip, changing batteries, everything. Google showed me there was a hit on this site and thus I was kind of forced to pay to get the info (50mm 1.4D and "P" mode can cause this problem with the F4.) Hard to say it was worth the money, but hey, my F4 works perfectly now that I shoot it in anything but P mode with the 50mm 1.4D.)
Hey, Len...just went back over this thread's posts. Got a III G? Fantastic!
I had a friend send me a III F three weeks ago and fell in love with the tiny thing! Feels natural like my M3.
This week, a second FE2 will be delivered, had to sell a digital lens to pay for this one, it wasn't donated, but will come in handy for my little photo class coming up. Got the other one loaded with Kodak 200 for a little exercise.
If the weather ever gets nice and leaves and flowers appear, expect to see me up before dawn with a couple of FE2s and maybe an F100 in my bag!
As John said we lost a lot of the MF crowd when the site went pay only. It does seem a few returned but not many. One thing about this forum is as mentioned the march towards digital has greatly cut our ranks we are now the very few at least as far as the sites membership goes.
Another thing with the film crowd is there is a certain amount of depression with the loss of one film product after another. We are down to a handful of films and some of the best films are gone forever ie Kodachrome. Kodak is on the brink and Fuji is really moving into digital cameras and has thinned their line of films so we have less and less to talk about. Plus when I heard A&I has stopped doing E-6 slide film my heart just sank. I understand Kodachrome due to the technical aspects of it but E-6 film. It maybe someday Dwayne's will be the last Major E-6 lab. They do Fuji's E-6 contract work now from Walmart's Fuji drop boxes.
But there is still a core of members or prongsters as we used to call the diehard MF film users.
The time to buy film is NOW! Just picked up some Arista "TriX" film at Freestyle a couple of weeks ago for about $2.59/roll. It really is just re-branded TriX so I highly recommend it as do most people I know who buy it at 200-300 rolls at a time!
The time to shoot that film is... well, for me when it is over 32F...but actually, anytime is the time to expose that film! I have to get to Memphis with a bag of film.
Thinking about AGFA Optima 400 and some more slide film for that trip!
While I continue to shoot film on occasion, and hope to continue shooting film long into the future, I am afraid to quantitatively compare the number of frames of film I shoot per year with the number of digital frames I shoot. Last year I shot about 10 - 12 rolls of film. Not too long ago I was going through 10-12 rolls in a week or two. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I'm afraid that every day, there are fewer and fewer photographers alive who have ever loaded film into a camera. Eventually, unless we get some of the youth hooked on film, we really will be dinosaurs in 20-30 years (especially those of us in our 50's). I teach 6th graders, and of my 100 students, not one of them has ever made a picture with a film camera. I would bet that most people <30 are in that same boat.
Film is fantastic, and I will make photographs with it as long as it's available for a decent price, and I can get it developed, but it is going the way of the dial telephone and the tube television. I say this with some sorrow, but I think it's reality.
Yes, that is why I started my grandkids (now ages 5 and 7) out on my Nikon film cameras at age 3. They have their own cameras now, two FE2s that will be theirs to use at my house in between photo classes where I am teaching basic photography using the FE2s as loaners. Next month, I have three students.
If I get a few more donations of cameras, I will add more students. So far, my market is 3 yr olds to 28-yr olds.... one mind at a time!
Great work, Dave! One thing that is sometimes frustrating about the generation of kids coming up is their need for instant, colorful, stimulating gratification. Making film photographs trains people to enjoy the moment, the process, and delay some of the gratification until later. From my 25-years of teaching experience, a good thing for children.
Plus film teaches patience and how to take your time! One shot at a time, digital sometimes leads to a shot gun approach and we can sort it out and fix in PP. I love digital and my D700 so I am not anti digital just that film forces you to slow down and to wait in this time of the instant gratification world.
Lots of us are still around. I just went through a period of trying to remember the assigned password for The Nikonians, and finally had to settle for using the "Request New Password" procedure.
There are some of us still using film, although digital has taken a foothold here also. I sent a small digital camera to Norway with a young lady who returned with 300 photographs on the SD card. That would have been a few rolls of 36 exposure film, and changing them, and storing them, and getting them back to the US of A for proessing, while passing through customs and luggage x-ray inspection. The digital stuff is more convenient. However, . . .
How do we get the kids interested in the film process? Very simple: Show it to them. They already know about turning the screen on their telephone around so they can show the last photograph taken to their friends. We all know about "instant gratification." What they do not know is what can be available if they wait. We need to take them into a darkroom, and after a print has been exposed and put into the tray, wait until (again, that delayed gratification thing) you can turn on the safelight, and let them watch the magic that happens in the tray as the faint image begins to form on the paper and comes up into full contrast and visibility as it develops in the tray.
When they can see the magic happening, that is when they will think about using film.
Ralph Latte Land, Washington
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