REDISCOVERING MY ROMANCE WITH FILM

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In February I picked up a Nikon S2 Rangefinder – For those that do not know the history of this camera let me shed some light on it for you.

The Nikon S2 released in 1955 was one of the Japanese camera makers best-selling cameras selling over 56,000 pieces. Built like a tank the body is sturdy and works well in any weather conditions. This camera is completely mechanical so no batteries required – that also means no meter so there is definitely that learning curve to those that haven’t shot with older vintage cameras or film.

So enough about the camera and back to the fun stuff – shooting film. So last time I shot film was probably in the early 2000s, probably over 15 years ago, damn its been that long crazy. Well, let’s just say it wasn’t like riding a bike. I had to re-educate myself in regards to Hyper-focusing, Zone Focusing and Sunny 16 rule to get the right exposure. After a 2 weeks and 2 rolls of expired film,  I finally dropped off my film to be developed. For those that live in Toronto – Toronto Image Works was amazing for both developing and providing digital scans of my shots.

I was surprised by the images that came – good to know I still got it few shots were underexposed but 80% or was spot on. There’s something about shooting film that digital definitely lacks, and that’s the surprise of seeing the shots you captured when you get it back from the lab.

Please see below for a selection from my 2 rolls. Images were shot on Ilford XP2 Super 35MM 400 and Fujifilm Neopan 400 Professional.

 

FUJI FILM GFX 50S COMING 2017

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Fuji Film jumps into the medium format camera world with its new offering the GFX 50S mirrorless 51.4MP camera scheduled to hit shelves in 2017.

Boasting to be smaller and lighter than most medium format cameras the GFX 50S looks a lot like bigger version of the traditional D-SLR with a few cool accessories including a rotating EVF prism viewfinder. Six lenses ranging from the 23MM – 120MM are slated for market also in 2017.

The GFX 50S has the same 51.4MP pixel count at the Pentax 645Z and the Hasselblad X1D.

I am very curious to see how this camera performs against its competitors as well as its price point.