Archive for March 7, 2015

I recently bought a Nikon F55 and a Nikon F75 for 32 euros (the pair) including postage that’s 16.00 euros (18$) each. Is it a steal? For that less than the cost of going out with my wife and son for coffee and ice-cream i got a film camera that only the body in 2003 cost new 190$ which is 2015’s value 241$. So less than 1% of the original value,not bad.

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

So what is this camera capable to do?Lets compare it to N65 and N80.

N65 N75 or F75
Five autofocus sensors under user control (single button) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad)
Auto DX ISO coding only Auto DX ISO coding only Manual or DX ISO coding
Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash
Infrared remote control only (optional) Infrared remote control only (optional) Standard cable release option only
Matrix and Centerweighted metering Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering (latter two controlled unusually, though) Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering
P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes (some are only way to get certain features) P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes P, S, A, and M exposure modes
89% viewfinder coverage 89% viewfinder coverage 92% viewfinder coverage
+/- 2 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/- 3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/-3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops
1/90 flash sync 1/90 flash sync 1/125 flash sync
No custom settings 12 custom settings 18 custom settings
2.5 fps 1.5 fps 2.5 fps
30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/4000 shutter speeds
CR2 batteries CR2 batteries CR123A batteries
Short load time, long rewind time Long load time, short rewind time Short load time, long rewind time
No grid lines No grid lines On demand grid lines
13.9 Oz (395g) 13.4 Oz (380g) 18.2 oz (515g)

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

Ken Rockwell writes for this camera “…The lens mount is metal. If you can get over the plastic, and especially if you love light weight, it is among the best 35mm cameras ever made. It’s a plastic F5 or F6. The N75 has a metal lens mount.

No one knows about the N75 because it came out just as digital had replaced film for most people. That’s too bad, because the N75 has every trick Nikon has ever learned to put in cameras, at a very low price.

It’s designed for people’s moms, and it also works great for serious photographers on a dollar or weight budget. It’s a better camera than older, more expensive Nikons like the N90. The N75 is a very competent film camera, sadly no one paid much attention because it was introduced in February 2003: a year after the D100 and a year before the D70.

The N75 has every feature I actually use, like depth-of-field preview, illuminated LCDs, full VR, flash, AF and AFS compatibility, every exposure mode, program shift, and just about every feature one might want in a film camera.

The only things missing, compared to today’s newer professional F6, are durability (the N75 does have a metal lens mount), speed and fast frame rates, slower 1/90 sync, metering with manual lenses, and the high price. The N75’s finder is bigger and brighter than any DX camera like the $1,800 D300, but it’s not as good as better film cameras…..”   Full review Here.

So I thing you get a lot for 16Euros/18USD. It is not pro,it is not amateur its mid-range ,easy fun capable camera. Its cheap enough to not cry if you carry it around as a second film body and gets busted.It has almost all the things you will ever need without almost all  the stuff you don’t need.Hell yeah its worth buying one.

I am going to run few rolls through it and see how it performs. Some shots that I took on the cheep Lucky SHD100 developed in Rodinal 1:100 are following. I am not very happy with them because the roll was labeled 100 but had been coded in DX 200 (recycle power!). I knew that, used EC (exposure compensation because you cant set ISO manually) but EC  didn’t work perfectly and the weather wasn’t helpful.

NIKON F75 (22)NIKON F75 (21)

NIKON F75 (17)

NIKON F75 (13)

NIKON F75 (9)

Nikon F75 Lucky SHD 100

I had recently received an Olympus OM-20, another child of the OM film slr family from Olympus.

The OM20 was released in 1983. It was called OM G on some markets. It existed in chrome and in black finish.

It is basically an OM10 with manual shutter speed ring built-in, and a few other advances. These include a PC-sync flash connection, [LED] warnings in the viewfinder, built-in manual metering, and provision for attaching a steady grip. It didn’t replace the OM10, but was available alongside it.

The OM20 overall could be described as an good all around player with small in size easy to use with a solid body. Capable of manual and aperture control shots. The metering is trustworthy the viewfinder clear and simple. Using the various Zuiko lenses as it happens with the other OM series can produce great results.

My Version is the chrome one.







 Specifications for Olympus OM-20

Marketed : 1983
Lens mount : Olympus OM
Sensitivity ISO: 25 – 1600
Shutter speeds : B, 2 – 1/1000 s
Mechanical shutter :
Exposure Modes : M, A
Exposure Compensation : ± 2 EV
Exposure Metering Range : -0.5 – 18 EV
Auto Exposure Lock :
Viewfinder Coverage : 93 %
Viewfinder Magnification : 0.92 x
Diopter Adjustment :
Depth of Field Preview : +
Self-timer : 12 (s)
Mirror lock-up :
X-sync : 1/60 (s)
Power source : 2x 1.5V
Dimensions : 135 x 84 x 50 mm
Weight : 430 g

The OM20 manual.

Here is a small video review.

Last weekend I had loaded an Kodak ProImage 100,and when I was quite happy with the results the camera performed perfectly and some of the results are below.

Art behind bars


Paul Schofield  Following on from his ‘what’s the point in taking pictures‘ article, Paul now ponders the question many wonder. What is the point of film? Well, let’s see shall we?

Read the Article: What’s the point of shooting film?


Ming Thein  writes ““On one hand, the proliferation of mobile phone cameras and social media has meant that there is no end to the number of throwaway images being generated and instantly shared online; on the other, it seems to be harder and harder for somebody with ‘serious’ looking equipment to take an image of anything without arousing suspicion. Is it just me, or is the world’s paranoia entirely misplaced?…….”


Leanne Cole Writes about tripods ,how usefull they are and how to choose them.She says “…If you are serious about photography then there is one piece of equipment that is almost as important as your camera and lens; your tripod. There are many different types of photography that you might do where it is essential that you have a tripod. Then there are types where you don’t need it all, and some where it would be better if you used it, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Some photographers value their tripods and will make sure they get something that is good and sturdy. Others think they aren’t so important and just get something cheap and basic…..”

 Read the Article: Up for Discussion: Tripods.

OM20 Zuiko 50mm f1.8 Kodak ProImage 100

Building Blocks