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Granularity 13

Potomac River, Washington DC / Konica C35, Kodacolor Gold 200

Granularity 12

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Granularity 11

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400

The Minolta 24mm…

…or, to give it its full designation, the Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 24mm 1:2.8.

This is an SR mount lens. The SR mount was introduced with Minolta’s first SLR, the SR-2, in 1958. (There was an SR-1, but it was released after the SR-2). All manual focus Minolta SLRs used the SR mount, but when Minolta switched to autofocus cameras the company developed a new mount. This mount, known as the Alpha mount, is still in use on Sony’s DSLRs. The MD designation identifies this as a lens specifically designed to work with the Minolta XD camera, introduced in 1977.

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Granularity 10

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Granularity 9

I try to keep the editing of my film files to a minimum but this one needed quite a lot of work because of the strong light and shadows, but I thought it was worth the effort. Those familiar with Washington, DC will recognise the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, while almost everyone will know the Washington Monument. Getting something a little different is a challenge on the mall in DC since nearly every inch of it has been photographed a million times and more so when I saw this image taking shape as I walked by I decided to try a couple of shots despite the difficult light. I think it still needs more work, particularly on the edges of the monument but it’s getting there.

I like the way hard lines of the two structures both challenge and complement each other. I also liked the play of light through the open metal work of the museum’s facade.

The Mall, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Ganularity 8

Fire Station 10, Arlington VA / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Nikkor AI-S 105 f2.5

I recently picked up the Nikon AI-S 105mm f2.5 lens. I attached it to my FM2n and over the last couple of weeks I have been out and about around Sofia shooting with it. I got the developed film – Kodak Ektar – back yesterday and scanned the negatives last night. So here are some thoughts on the lens and some sample shots.

First, the lens itself. Having already bought a 24, 35 and 50 for my Nikon I was looking for something a little longer for occasional use. The obvious option was one of the various AI or AI-S 85mm lens but for some reason these do tend to be expensive even by Nikon standards. I was aware of the 105/2.5 having read many good things about it but considered that focal length to be a little more that I wanted.

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Roll 1

New year, new count. It has taken me until now to shoot my first roll of the year which doesn’t augur well for the rest of the year. Long hours and dark nights have limited my photographic opportunities, but I finally forced myself out for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning to run a test roll of film through my newly acquired Nikon F2. I happened to have a couple of rolls of Kodak Ultramax 400, a film I had never previously used, so it was also an opportunity to try it out. I brought my 24 and 105 Nikkors, starting with the former and swapping half way through.

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Belfast & Donaghadee

I took a trip back home to Northern Ireland in May this year. Wanting to experiment a little with my film photography I left my largely manual 1970’s vintage SLR’s behind and ordered a early 2000’s Nikon F75 with 50 1.8 AF lens which was waiting for me when I arrived. The F75 is an entry level camera but when it was released it incorporated most of Nikon’s latest and greatest technologies. I also ordered a five pack of Kodak Pro 100 film to try out. In the end I decided that I prefer my film cameras a little more old school, a little more hands on. The F75 is fun to use – and these days an absolute bargain – but I found that I was taking shots more quickly than I would with my less automated cameras. This may be why I ended up with very few shots I thought were worthwhile, or it may just have been me. Who knows. Here are a few shots from those five rolls that I thought were not too bad. The first set is pictures taken around Belfast, while the second is from a small seaside town not far from Belfast called Donaghadee.

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