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Island X Film Episode 5. NYC Photo Review

Thanks for watching and here a few of my favorite photos that I shot during my visit to Coney Island.

First Roll… Canon 7 Range Finder.

Like always it’s exciting to get out and shoot a new film camera regardless of what format it is. The Canon 7 was my first attempt at shooting film on a true rangefinder. The Canon 7 is an LTM camera that is built with some decent heft and a level of quality that one could expect from a Japanese Camera of this era. Originally I wanted to buy a Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM to go along with this body but my budget decided otherwise. Instead I ended up with the Industar 61 which is a 53mm f2.8 made in Russia. My choice of film was Kodak Gold 200 and all the images were scanned by the Epson V600 and tweaked in Lightroom for the iPad. Below are a Few of the images I shot.

Photographing Speed with the Fuji X-Pro2: Testing out Film Simulation Bracketing

        When Fuji came to the market with the x series camera system in 2011 with the X100 one of the most compelling features released were “Film Simulation Modes”. Fast forward to today with Fuji’s latest models and you will see that they have expanded this feature greatly. Today I decided to try out a feature called “ Film Simulation Bracketing”. This is a feature that allows you to select 3 different film emulations and instantaneously save all 3 versions to your SD card with absolutely no lag. Below you can see a selection of images I shot today with the Fuji X-Pro2 and the incredibly sharp 23mm f2. I love that there was absolutely no editing done to create these looks, these images are all completely out of camera.  The modes I chose to use today were, Provia, Velvia (just a bit punchier colour than Provia) and the amazing Acros black and white simulation. The only additional tweak was to set the film grain mode to weak. Creating a subtle film grain look. I hope you enjoy the images below and feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. 

Kodak Ektar 100 & The Canon A-E1

           I am 2 rolls into my film project and the second roll in my series is Kodak Ektar 100. Ektar is an interesting film as the box states it has a beautiful fine grain appearance to it and seems to manage the highlights quite well. I shot a variety of scenes and got varying results. I found that when shooting portraits of light-skinned subjects the results were quite pleasing while darker toned people's skin tones were quite reddish and needed to be toned down in post. Where this film seemed to shine was in the colorful car photos below. After two rolls with the Canon A-E1 I can see a consistent problem with it. this camera was truly designed to be a consumer level camera as the results created by the cheap 50mm f1.8 lens are nothing but mediocre. Coming up soon I have something special as I recently received a tonne of expired Kodak Ektachrome. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to see what this 20 plus year old color slide film looks like.