Shooting Film

Recorded on September 25th, 2016

Today, using Dad’s old Nikon/Nikomat FT from 1967 or so, I shot 16 frames of Kodak Tri-X 400 film. I have 20 left on that roll before I send it to Photoworks SF to process and scan. I can’t remember the last time I loaded film into a camera. It may have been when we used medium format Holgas at our wedding in 2007. It is fun! Knowing that I had only 36 exposures on a roll and that it costs real money to press the shutter release makes me way more choosy about the shots I take. We’ll see how they look. Sadly, Photoworks will probably be faster at film processing than I am at digital processing in Lightroom.

The Nikon’s meter is acting funny after all these years. I was going to just use the Sunny 16 method to set exposure, but I’m not confident enough for that yet and I needed to be quicker because we were out with friends, so I used the myLightMeter iOS app. I think it works well, but the processed photos will have the final say.

The Nikomat FT is a solid, heavy camera, but it’s so simple to use, and the viewfinder is so bright and big and easy to focus with that it feels fast. If you have one hanging around up in the attic, pull it down and get some Tri-X from Amazon for $5/roll and see what you can do.

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