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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

 Today, I really wanted to get out and take some photographs. I had loaded two film cameras and my new EPL5 was ready from last night. The weather was not my ally, it was rainy ,low light with wind. But no despair I had to try taking some shots, so later in the morning the weather seemed to calm a bit (only a bit ) and I was able to take some shots with my Olympus OM-10,with its manual adapter. I had loaded a roll of Kodak ProImage 100 colour film that I bought in bulk from Malaysia.
After I took some shots the weather started to deteriorate so I returned and since i was eager to see that I had accomplished I wanted to try develop a colour film in B&W Chemistry I had read that It could be done.
I did a stand development in Rodinal 1:100 and I plan to do more testing in 1:50 and in 1:25. The results were a really dense looking negative that only under light showed an image. After scanning it I had in my hands some images that for sure where usable. I scanned as colour negative and then in LR5 turned into B&W. A bit sharpening and some contrast and highlight manipulation. Some of the results are following. I know that the weather was awfull and the shots where taken under pressure so I have higher expectations for the future testing of this film in B&W chemistry and in C-41.

That is a 1:1 ,half frame crop of the negative scan.

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.
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
I am a son of a retired merchant marine captain. My father started his career in 1965 and one of the first ships he embarked was a Liberty type. Liberty ship type was a very popular type during and after WWII and was the cornerstone of the Greek Maritime Industry that helped the Greek nation to come out of the ashes of the destructive Second World War.
“Hellas Liberty”
One of the 3 last remaining Liberty ships in the world is located at Piraeus port and serves as a Museum. It is called HELLAS LIBERTY. This one that I visited by chance (I didn’t know its existence) was originally named SS Arthur M. Huddell, and was built in Jacksonville.The Huddell was launched Dec. 7, 1943, the second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 2008 the decision was made to rehabilitate the ship. The reconstruction was finished in 2010, and since then has become part of a maritime museum in the harbor at Piraeus, near Athens.

I stumbled across the ship while i was trying to find more graffiti to capture within the harbor. I asked if the ship was open for the public (which it was,with no admittance fee) and started taking some photos until I run out of film.


I talked to the guard and he offered to take me down to the engineering room.But since had no more film with me I decided to revisit it in the near future and also bring my son with me to explore it further next week.


Maps Room
Maps Room

Captains Station

View From Command Station

Fire Control

Rudder Angle


Here are 3 articles about the Specific Ship and also the history behind the Liberty Type and their mass production.

Ships Diagram

Emergency Axe

Museum Entrance

Cameras Used 

  • Fujica STX1, Fujinon Lens 50mm f1.9
  • Olympus OM-10, Zuiko 50mm F1.8


  •  Lucky SHD 100 B&W