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2015_06_09 shd100 F75 (18)-2

“Not Old Enough” F75 and Sigma AF 35-70mm, Lucky SHD100

I had a run again of the extra cheap B&W film Lucky SHD100 using the F75 with Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm, Home brewed Rodinal and here are some results that I am no ashamed off. Added some Lightroom 5 magic and here we are….

2015_06_09 shd100 F75 (14)

“Walk The Line” Salamina, Restis Nikon F75, Lucky SHD100,Sigma AF 35-70mm Rodinal 1:100 Semistand 60min

Salamina Restis

Salamina Restis

Salamina Restis

Salamina Restis

Salamina Restis

Salamina Restis

Salamina Kinosoura

Salamina Kinosoura

Salamina Kinosoura

Salamina Kinosoura

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.

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Nikon F75 Lucky SHD 100

Floral Rust

Praktica LB
Cosina Cosinon 50mm f1.8
Lucky SHD 100 B&W film
Rodinal 1:50 7min
Ilford Rapid Fixer

In To The Woods

Minolta XG1
MD 50MM F2

I love film SLRs when I find one that still works, I want to have a go with it. When I found an old 1988 Minolta Maxxum 3000i body for 10USD I didnt hesitate at all. I know its all plastic, It fully automated with no manual mode. Its a big SLR with Autofocus ,point and shootish bulky camera.Some would say its ugly and only good as a paperwight for nerdish film lovers.

Its a clumsy, dark device with a surprisingly few bells and whistles. A power button, a switch to choose between automatic or manual focus, and of course, the shutter. Advancing the film is completely automatic, and the clever DX system of the Dynax 3000i recognizes the ISO value of your film, so you don’t have to set it yourself.

The camera ergonomicaly speaking is comfortable its basically a straight forward point-focus-shoot experience. Its not heavy but also not lightweight. If you press the shutter button halfway it focuses automatically.

Saint Nikolas Church,Piraeus

Although it was a Cloudy Sunday I mounted a Minolta AF 35-80mm F/4-5.6 shutter cap and  took it out to test it with a roll of Lucky SHD 100 B&W film.

Saint Nikolas Church ,Piraeus

It is good all around film camera that you can get dirt cheap,which is capable of taking nice photos and that you have nothing to worry about when using except framing your shot,point and shoot. Yes it lacks the retro look and its not descreat.It could be a nice gift to a young kid getting into film photography.

A few months ago I had bought from a flea market an old point and shoot for 3 euros. It was the Olympus Superzoom 76G plus a leather Canon pouch.
It was in excellent condition and looked to be well constructed (in China) ,the lens is a 76-80, 4.5 to 9, which is probably not uncommon for P&S zooms. 
A few days ago my 7 year old son asked me to give him a film camera to take some photos.I loaded a Lucky SHD100 B&W film and gave him the camera.
He went for shoping with his grandmother and took the camera with him. Upon his return I developed the film and there it was among other interesting shots THE shot of the roll.
An analog selfie through the mirror of an apparel shop.

I’m definitely gonna print this,after all we ought to cherish our first times.
It must have been love but its not over now.

Back in the early 90s (1990 or 1991), my dad returned from a trip to Russia and brought me my first real camera. A Zenit 11, 2 lenses and some filters. The lenses where a Helios 44M-4 f2 58mm and a  Pentacon auto 4/200MC. The memories from this camera are priceless and thats the reason I will never sell it. 

The Zenit 11 is a m42 Pentax mount SLR camera manufactured in Russia by KMZ.

The Zenit 11 is a solidly-built camera with essentially the same Leica type cloth shutter as earlier Soviet rangefinder and SLR cameras. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera. The Zenit uses the M42 Pentax screw-mount lens which means there is a variety of lenses from all over the world that will fit it. Partially depressing the shutter release stops down the lens. Additional pressure releases the shutter .

Produced: 1981-1990

Name: „Зенит-11“

Producer: KMZ/BeLomo

Frame size: 24×36.

Lens: Helios-44M  2/58.

Shutter: 1/30s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: ±1.500.000 units.


Original price (in year 1986) 140 roubles.

The shutter has a nice satisfying loud clunk and it’s impossible to take sneaky shots because even people across the river can hear you.
Never the less I had almost 8 years to use it,so yesterday I decided to take for a walk. I had a red filter to mount  and test with some B&W film. The feel was exactly like the first time i touched it. The shutter sound was loud and I understood that i had missed it. The film advance was smooth and I knew that Father time was good for this little(sort of speak) camera. 

I was so excited that I forgot about the external meter and I didn’t compensate for the red filter so most of the shots came out underexposed but still WE had some good moments.

I see you CAN you see me?

After all maybe I just wanted an excuse for another walk with my trusted Zenit. 
You can find easily an old Zenit (they are dirt cheap). Also if you like old cameras that will outlive us and wont mess you head with “mambo Jumbo tech” and let you focus on photography give it a try.
Remember a few days ago I had Visited the last Liberty Ship in Piraeus Port. I Had started my visit to the port to photograph some graffiti and old buildings. 
What really caught my eye was two massive abandoned buildings with big external metal stairs that looked like they came from the 50s.

Then I noticed a homeless guy living under the entrance of a huge,out of order elevator. He had all his belongings in that opening. An old Christmas tree caught my eye. Before i set up my gear he somehow disappeared.

Another co-resident of this guy seem to be a fat cat.I thing Ports are famous,among other things for their rats.
The building had signs of old graffiti .The metal doors and windows where beaten up and rusty.

Opposite this building next to “Hellas Liberty” it was a complex of buildings which I couldn’t find access,with some massive graffiti.
Left Side View “The Diver”
Back View from aboard Hellas Liberty “Islands”
Right Side View “Poseidon”

At the end of this side of the port you could see people fishing…

Or just enjoying the Sun…

  • All the photos except the last 3 where taken using an Olympus OM-10 and Zuiko 50mm f1.8. The last 3 where shot by a Fuji STX1. 
  • Film Lucky SHD100 B&W
  • Semi-stand Developed in Rodinal 1:100 60mins
  • Film Scanned by Canoscan LIDE 700f

Homeless Christmas, Piraeus Port

ZUIKO 50mm F1.8
LUCKY SHD100 b&w Film
Rodinal 1:100