One might argue that a brilliant camera like the Nikon FT deserves a more deserving film but you couldn’t be more wrong. The partnership between these two seems to be spot on. Have a look at 5 of my favorite images shot from my first two rolls on the Nikon FT with the 50mm f1.8D.
Given all the options available to us in the cheap 50mm category this is one that has been sitting in a drawer for almost 10 years. The Rikenon 50mm f2 is really nothing that spectacular when it comes to the build quality but paired with the Fuji X-Pro 2 it actually looks quite good and handles fairly well. Made mostly of plastic on the outside it still feels robust enough for most situations. Purchasing this lens on eBay will only set you back $50 or $60 Canadian dollars but the resulting images make it feel like it’s worth every penny and more.
Often when I mount a vintage lens on my my XPro2 I feel as if it’s to large or look like it doesn’t belong. this is usually the fault of the adapter not the lens. In the case of the Rikenon 50mm it seems to balance quite well with the XPro2. One of the main reasons is that the K Mount adapter is quite shallow in comparison to others that I have tried, so in combination with a lens that is already only just under 1.5 inches in length. Combined the lens and the Adapter is only 2 3/4 inches in length which is still incredibly compact.
Handling the Rokinon 50mm f2 is quite good. The Aperture control had nicely defined Clicks from f2 (of course) to f16, but are still relatively smooth. The focus dial has smooth yet fairly short focus throw which allows you to find focus in less than 180 degrees.
Image quality is such a subjective topic. Somewhere between MTF charts, brick walls and endless shots of images at each f-stop lies what is actually important. Does the image tell the story you are trying to tell, does the lens capture the trueness of the moment or is the character of the lens visually appealing to the viewer. Those are the things I consider when looking at a lens review, HOW DO THE PICTURES LOOK!!! Do they look good? If so then it’s a good lens.
Thanks for reading my very informal lens review of the Rokinon 50mm f2, Please consider leaving a comment, I would love to hear what you think of this lens. Here are just a few more of the images I shot.
Making a choice to visit the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island without a real camera is out of the ordinary for me. Packing just a cell phone to shoot with feels like I am bound to miss some amazing images. Just last week I upgraded my Cell phone to the iPhone 8+ so I thought I would limit myself and below are some of the images I captured.
Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the stellar 35mm f2.
Sometimes it pays to sit and get to know your subject before committing to the shot.
I keep coming back to Kodak Gold 200 for a number of reasons. Reason 1 is the price. In Canada I can purchase a 24 exposure 3 pack from Walmart for only $12.99, that’s only $4.33 a roll or 18 cents a frame. Now that’s cheap. Reason number 2 is it’s unique look that tends to favour warm tones even in mid-day light. These shot’s were taken on a Pentax PC35-AFM point and shoot camera, a true thrift store gem.
If there was ever a white whale camera that I would love to have in my film photography arsenal it would be the Hasselblad XPAN. The XPAN is a very unique camera that gives the photographer the ability to shoot wide cinematic scenes on 35mm film. The problem with wanting a one trick pony camera like the XPAN is that it is extreamly expensive and can sell for up to $5000 dollars on the used market. 5K is far beyond my thrift store budget so instead I am using an 80+ year old Zeiss Icon icarette 6x9 camera. The 6x9 format lends itself well to shooting 35mm panoramas but the only challenge is how do you load 35mm film in a 120 medium format camera. This problem is quite easily solved with a 35mm to 120 adapter and take up spool. These can pretty readily found on eBay or if your fortunate enough to have a 3D printer at home you can quickly print one up and start shooting. Fortunately a second side hobby of mine is 3D printing so I did just that.
Loading and shooting 35mm film on an old folding camera like this is really pretty simple. The first thing I did was start with a dummy roll of film to help determine how far to wind each frame. Without frame counters you need to be a bit creative so I decided to place a piece of tape at the beginning of my frame and count how many full turns it took to advance to the next frame. In my case it took 3 and a bit turns, OK it’s not an exact science. Once I was able to determine the right distance to advance each frame I loaded a roll of TriX 400 and drove down to the Harbor where I often go to find inspiration. Below are 5 of the 10 frames I shot. I was actually blown away at the sharpness the lens on this old folder was able to produce. The one tip I would give is to make sure that your frames are level and a tripod is very helpful tool for this. I hope you enjoy the images below and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Accidental double exposure, but I kinda like it.
Weathered sailboat bow.
All images scanned on the Epson V600.
Images shot on Expired Kodak Ultramax 400 and the Pentax Spotmatic with the Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens.
Let’s face it nobody cares about your photography except for you, so why do we bother? The things we incessantly ask ourselves are questions like, is the composition right, is my exposure accurate, is it sharp enough, will it move people, does it tell a story and countless other things that paralyze us from simply just being creative. This is precisely why the cult following of Lomography is so popular. Avid Lomographers could care less about the questions above and would rather enjoy the spontaneity of just simply shooting. They enjoy things like blur and light leaks or scratches and grain, in fact they are really the band of misfits that push back against what the main stream says in aesthetically pleasing. This is all well and good but I don’t think I would consider myself one of these misfits however I did thouroughly enjoy creating these images. The point of the LOMO process is to just simply shoot and enjoy. This is what precisely happened. I could see myself doing this again and again. It’s just simply fun. All of the images below were shot Lomography Color 400 120 film with the Diana F+ camera and home processed with the unicolour c-41 kit. Let me know what it is that you love about this process.
On December 7th 1941, the unimaginable happened. The Small serene Hawaiian island of Oahu was surprise attacked by the Japanese airforce and navy. This was my first time at Pearl Harbor and it was an incredibly sobering experience. Thousands of men and women died in this horrific attack, many of whom are still entombed below the surface of the water in ships that very quickly became their graves. Being there gave me a new heightened appreciation for all of the men and women that fight for the freedom that I so often take for granted. May we never forget.