A Case for 35mm Film

Introduction
This article is a written collection of thoughts explored in an attempt to think through some recent considerations. Every once in a while I get the itch to explore different film formats. The initial inspiration for this article was the recent consideration of diving in to large format film photography.

I’m approaching this from the standpoint of which film format […]

Pure Film

A few weeks ago I did something I’ve been meaning to do for years: began developing my own black and white film again. After a 30+ year hiatus, the time had finally come.

Up until last year I’d been fortunate enough to have one of the best pro film labs in the country only minutes away. […]

New Mexico, 2015

Sometimes returning to your roots is a good thing. When we lived in Santa Fe from the mid 90’s ’til 2000 I was in a different phase of photography. In recent years I’ve enjoyed returning to this beautiful country with a better understanding of light – and how to coax more out of a […]

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Servicing the Nikon F6

Even though the shutter is rated to an astounding 150,000 actuations (over 4,100 rolls of film), after 7 years of moderate use I decided it was time to send in the Nikon F6 for servicing, while I felt I stood a reasonably good chance of still getting parts. While in the shop it made sense to have the non-Ai modification to the lens mount made to allow those old, beautiful non-Ai lenses to be used by the camera. This post chronicles the process from a Nikon Professional Services (NPS) member's point of view.

By |November 13th, 2015|General Information, Longevity, Nikon Service, Service and Repair|Comments Off on Servicing the Nikon F6

Nikon F6: Good Design – Long Life Design Award

This surfaced the other day and I thought it was worth a mention on the F6 Project. The F6 was won the Good Design Long Life Design Award. What’s noteworthy about this is it’s awarded 11 years after the camera was initially released in 2004. This feeds well into the “Longevity” point made in […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nikon F6: Good Design – Long Life Design Award

Heavy Metal: The Nikon F2

The valid question is – what does this have to do with the F6. The answer is, nothing at all. But trust me, it’s a worthy diversion.
Intro
If you’re interested in the F6, you should also take a serious look at the F2 line up. As with other “last iterations” the F2 is considered by […]

By |October 7th, 2015|Accessories, From the Past, Nippon Kogaku, Uncategorized, Vintage Nikon|Comments Off on Heavy Metal: The Nikon F2

Mirror-Up Shooting: It’s For Real

Recently I read a blog post from someone claiming Mirror-Up shooting was a hoax. A waste of time, something camera manufacturers dreamed up as way to add a new feature to the camera and charge more for it. A “Emperor’s New Clothes” hoodwink, if you will. Well, take a look at this:

It’s slow motion […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|6 Things I Love About the F6, From the Past, General Information, Mirror-Up, Technical Features, Uncategorized, Vintage Nikon|Comments Off on Mirror-Up Shooting: It’s For Real

The 440

A few weeks ago I needed to get out – as in far away from the computer – in a big way. The weather wasn’t good along the Front Range and checking the iPhone confirmed pretty much any place within easy driving distance was experiencing the same. It looked like the only thing to […]

By |July 15th, 2015|4042n, Destinations, Film Emulsions, General Information, Road Trippin', Uncategorized|Comments Off on The 440

Hybrid Workflow: Remember Contact Sheets?

I’ve mentioned in the past what I think is one of the greatest things about shooting film these days: the ability to combine analog qualities with digital tools to create a unique, hybrid workflow to your film photography. One of my favorite things about working in the darkroom or picking up rolls of film […]

By |June 21st, 2015|From the Past, Hybrid Workflow, Photoshop|Comments Off on Hybrid Workflow: Remember Contact Sheets?
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