The photos he took of me and Donna were quite interesting, with the whole "Steampunk" look going on, which was rather humourous, and actually quite fun. Sometimes I like being on the other side of the camera for a change.
Well, that night I decided on doing a shoot with Donna, and having a bit of fun. During it, I brought out my Nikkormat FT2, a camera from the mid to late 70's (75 through to 77) that was a fully mechanical camera, with mirror lockup. It was essentially the last of the non-AI (automatically indexing) cameras that Nikon released.
Well, I wanted to try out the lens I had received, for free no less. A Sigma 70-200mm ƒ/3.5 AIS Autofocusing Lens. The lens mounts pefectly to the camera, stops down as you would expect it to, and is crystal clear and pin-sharp! Even wide open it's remarkable.
Needless to say, I wasn't shooting wide-open, but doing some strobist work with the camera, so was stopped down around ƒ/5.6 or ƒ/8.
Rather a conundrum for me, is the fact that I was a big time Canon loyalist, but I cannot deny that I have a rather strange and unfounded love for this camera I got for $10.00.
Perhaps it's the Nikonist in me, perhaps it's just because it's a film camera. I may never know..
|Kiss & Tell - Nikkormat FT2 - Sigma 70-200 ƒ/3.5 @ ƒ/5.6|
Polypan F 50ASA - Tmax Developer 1+9 8:30 @ 20°C
A little bit of Strobist work, using a Chinese Blazzeo 180Ws Strobe in a bounce Umbrella, SunPAK 622 Pro Auto Handlemount, and an AC/Slave Strobe as the B/G lamp. I'm working on making this photo into a print, simply because it's just near on perfect!
Until next time, keep those shutters firing!