I did a quick count up of the 120 size film I had in the fridge, 24 Rolls. So thought it was time I used some of it and made a bit more space for food ! I bought the Photina in 1989 for about £18.00 from a now long gone photographic shop in Leicester. It’s in good condition but I wasn’t sure if the shutter was still ok. A roll of Ilford HP5 (expired in 2006) was loaded and a walk to Welford Road cemetery to test it out.
To focus the camera you need to turn the taking lens (lower) which is geared to the viewing lens (top). What I didn’t realise is that if you focus by turning the taking lens it is all to easy to move the shutter speed to the “B” setting.
This is at the “B” setting, I normally release the shutter button after I hear the click, so at least I got an image. I now know to focus using the viewing (top) lens and to check the shutter speed, in other words slow down. I quite like the slightly blurred image it has an old feel about it. The demineralised water certainly helped with the final rinse of the film, far fewer hickies.
The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.
Thought it was about time the Nikon F801s had a workout with the 20mm Nikon af lens which had just been repaired as it had decided it wasn’t going to stop down. I have never been impressed with this lens’s performance. So I loaded up the camera with some Ilford HP5+ rated it at 1600 asa and set off on a walkabout. Of course it was very bright and sunny, I alternated between a red filter and a polariser, the Nikon has a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second and it easily dealt with the 1600 asa (and I really wanted to try push processing) The photo’s are nothing special but achieved what I wanted, to see if that 20mm lens was worth keeping.
Well I’m not impressed with the Nikon 20mm lens, very soft edges, I have a Vivitar 19mm 3.8 which I use on the Olympus OM’s and it’s almost as sharp but with slightly more distortion, and was considerably cheaper. I don’t make many adjustments to my neg scans, a little bit of gentle sharpening and a very small curves adjustment to counter the digital fuzz. Had to work on these a lot more, so I think it’s going to be traded in, probably for some lovely Olympus glass.
I really love my Nikon scanner but it picks up every little detail (as it should) and every spec of dust. Colour is not such a problem as I can switch in the dust and scratches filter and grain reduction just like the photo labs.
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