Nikon N80 50mm f1.8D First Impressions

I wanted to get a modern AF film camera to try as an alternative to older manual film cameras and see what differences it would bring in everyday shooting situations. Being I started my new photographic journey with a Nikon D7000 which I sold several years ago, this camera was like coming back home. Nikon is the master of making amazing well designed ergonomic grips, and it cannot be under-stated how nicely the camera fits in hand. The weight is just about about perfect with the 50mm lens mounted, and it all seems very natural. Nikon has, what seems, just about everything a modern film photographer could wish for - in a modern auto focus camera - full manual, aperture and shutter priority modes, program mode, decent 5 point auto focus, very good modern 3D matrix metering, center weighted metering, spot metering, DX ISO setting with manual over ride, VERY quiet operation (actually, this one thing I was very impressed at), ability to rewind film more slowly, and some other goodies you can explore yourself (like bracketing). The camera is not weather sealed, and it may be a feel a little plasticky, but manages to feel fairly solid overall. This camera is AN AMAZING BARGAIN - I paid $20 for the body and $90 for the lens. If you just want to photograph, and are not as concerned about eye candy, this is the one!

Included sample photos were taken on a VERY GLOOMY day with little light, and all exposures were spot on. Kodak Tmax 400 developed in DD-X 1:5 (yes, I ran out of dev, so strange ratio!) at 9 minutes (should be 8 at 1:4). Scanned on Epson V800 and processed in Adobe PS.

Lunch break Speed Graphic Adventure - Video

I ran out at lunch one cold January day to try and give my Speed Graphic a go without a tripod. I have never tried this before, as usually larger format cameras, including 4x5 cameras are mounted on a tripod. However, this was known as a “press camera” and it was hand held and carried about by brave and strong photo journalists as a matter of course. So, I thought …”hey!” …let’s try! It did not disappoint. I was able to take 6 images in less than 20 minutes, and it seemed natural and not very hard. I will definitely do it again! I used Kodak Tmax 400 speed film, and left the shutter speeds at 1/125th of a second (setting B5 on the Speed Graphic) so my apertures ranged from f/8 yo f/22. Film was developed in Ilford DD-X 1:9 solution for 12 minutes with 10 seconds of agitation, and film was scanned with Epson V800.