Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Back to film

The Nikon N90s

Digital has it's place, for microstock and stuff where one needs instant results and digitized images, but for real B&W and especially Infrared IR, nothing beats film.

To this end I have resurrected my revered Nikon N90s. Heavy, solid camera. A very advanced camera - at the time it was released, it was Nikon's most advanced pro camera until the F5, then F100. Nothing I'd ever held had focused faster in Auto mode. First time I shot with it, my daughter was swinging on a swing set and it tracked her swinging towards me and away with ease. Heavy SOB, tho. With the battery pack attached, it was twice the size of my Minolta X700 with rewinder. Twice as heavy, I recall the first few shoots I did with it my right hand and arm ached.

I ma planning several projects, some nudes in infrared, and some landscapes. I've also ordered an Russian knock-off of the Leica III, called a Fed-3. Talk about "old school"... plus I've ordered some B&W film from Los Angeles that is formulated on a 1940s B&W film, so paired with the Fed I'll recreate some interesting 1940s effects.

This is the Fed-3...