Have I chosen wisely? A totally plastic modern camera (Nikon F75) with its kit lens – a 28-100 3.5-5.6 lens, not speedy and variable f/stops. You can buy these cameras complete with lenses by the bucketload for $20 to $40. Nobody seems to want these cameras; I’m not sure why… throw a good Nikon lens on it and it could compete with more expensive cameras. But I want to explore the more frugal lens that came with the camera.
Are they that bad that people dislike them so much? I am about to find out; so far I have shot two rolls through the camera and to be honest… its pretty darn good, even with a zoom lens! Most of the time I use primes, so a big old zoom is going to more of a challenge to carry around.
There is ONE thing I don’t like about the camera, it is DX code only and to be honest I like to shot film at different ISO than box speed. For example I often shoot Kodak Gold at ISO 100 instead of 200 as the box suggests. The HP5 we are shooting this month? I like to shoot it at 800 or higher, not the box speed of 400. Since I’m shooting 35mm anything over 800 gets really grainy and since its winter and often dark and gloomy ISO 800 it is!
How did I get around the DX only setting on the camera? Exposure compensation to the rescue! -1 gave me ISO 800 that I wanted; I’ve never tried this before… so it was a bit of an experiment that I hoped would work. I have done +1 on colour film that has latitude… with good results, but the B&W was a total experiment.
Development was done in HC-110 dilution B in my basement bathroom/darkroom and then pulled into Lightroom for dust removal on the scans. I did a slight contrast bump as well to pull out the texture on the snow and old house.