I love, love, love my F5. I do have a D700 and really like it, too. However, I keep finding myself coming back to the F5 and the beautiful design of this camera.
I have recently developed an interest in landscape photography. I guess this is not so much a question about the F5 and landscape but more about 35mm and landscape. I know it is not the desirable format for that kind of photography (here medium format would be so much more detailed). However, I am looking for ways how to make the most of 35mm landscape photography.
Can anyone who has engaged in landscape in 35mm speak a bit about its advantages and limitations.
#1. "RE: F5 and landscapes" | In response to Reply # 0Kilted_F3_nut Nikonian since 29th Jun 2004Thu 21-Apr-11 05:35 PM
Surprisingly, I've never really found 35mm to be a limitation when doing landscape photography. Especially with the current batch of film emulsions.
My recommendation? Get a few rolls of Ektar 100, Fujichrome Velvia 50, etc, and go have some fun. Set the F5's drive mode to "S", then just take your time. In fact, I almost never set my F5 to any other drive mode, since I know that, if I'm not careful, I could accidentally fire off two frames if I leave it on Ch. Especially with the lithiums.
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#2. "RE: F5 and landscapes" | In response to Reply # 1wollepopolle Registered since 30th Mar 2011Thu 21-Apr-11 08:46 PM
I've never used my F5 in the continuous mode. I am not a press photographer, hence it makes no sense for me.
Some Velvia 50 is currently in my F5 with two roles of Ilford Pan F 50 awaiting their turn next. Those are two of my favorite films. I like the eye-popping warmth of Velvia and the tremendous resolution of Pan F.
I think there are limitations with 35mm. Maybe not in the mind of the photographer who composes the shot but with respect to future enlargement and cropping. If you want to crop away at a medium or large ofrmat film, happy cropping! If you want to crop at 35mm, then there isn't much to crop. A photographer friend of mine had a beautiful landscape that he made narrow and wide. It looked fantastic on the wall, but it was medium format.
Also, I wonder what the level of detail is when enlarging a 35mm slide to a wall poster (let's say, using a fine emulsion like Ilford Pan F or Velvia 50).
For those who have done enlargements of 35mm high res. film, what were the limits without losing the plastic detail in a good landscape? If there weren't limitations to 35mm, then folks wouldn't use medium format.
#3. "RE: F5 and landscapes" | In response to Reply # 2anabasis Nikonian since 26th Sep 2003Sat 23-Apr-11 03:48 PM
At this point it's less about the film resolution than trying to get a print out of 35mm frame, especially a chrome.
You used to get Ilfochrome (sp?) made from slides, but it is getting quite rare. A vast majority of prints from film are done by scanning the slide and printing essentially on inkjet printers. So your scanning resolution has much to do with it. When I use my Coolscan 5000 at 4,000 dpi on a Velvia 50 and look at 100% on my screen, the grain basically isn't there. I can see it on Ektar 100, but that is like looking at fairly large print with a loupe. Use a professional drum scanner, and you can do even better.
There are still fine art, wet B&W printers out there, but I am sure you would have to do some hunting to find someone to hand-make a color print these days.
I don't know about acceptable print sizes from a fine-grained film, but when I project a 35mm Velvia 50 chrome with my slide projector to about 5 feet on the long side, and look at it from the proper viewing distance, it looks very nice indeed.
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