I am totally new to this forum looking for a help. Any tips and advice regarding this would be appreciated. I am jacksonlevi, working in a Creative video production studio, that i have some time to think i was wondering, i currently have the D70 and love it, but i also long for the good old style of photography. you know, that kind that uses that forgetten four letter word: F I L M. so, what do you all think? help me please. I have serached for this but did not find any right solution. Please help
Personally my dad has a FM2 and although I don't really use it much, I've shot maybe 2-3 rolls of film and the mechanical precision on the film SLR really is so awesome it reminds me of fine jewelry more than a piece of equipment. Every dial clicks without any slop and coming from a D40 and D7000 that viewfinder is massive and bright. It was fun to use for a while and a nice piece to keep around.
I've developed thousands of rolls of film and think you should really reconsider. There's nothing to gain from shooting film, whereas shooting digital and learning editing software would hone those skills and be much more relevant.
The earlier models were mechanical marvels, and I have great respect for the engineering. But I don’t think I could handle a manual camera like that.
So although I too had a yearning for a film camera, it's been rendered to ornamental status by the D750. That sensor... I'll maybe get a D850 once the price comes down to my level!
But, I have loads of fun shooting medium, and especially large format film! OK, not using Nikon cameras (although I have two large format Nikkor lenses), so off piste a little and I admit that I don't do it very often.
Having spent much of my life in a studio with a large format monorail as my weapon of choice, I now love going out to spend hours shooting just one or two, very carefully considered, 5X4, black and white landscape images. I now use a beautiful, wooden field camera that I recently bought. I really enjoy the slowness, enforced consideration and how difficult it all is (not that difficult though) when compared with shooting dozens of frames in a few seconds on one of my digital cameras. I love using the amazing digital gear we have now but much appreciate the meditative process of shooting film as well. There is something addictive about the tension of the unknown as well. You never really know what you are going to get out of the darkroom in the end! The images are different as well in very subtle ways but I admit that I do not make silver prints any more and scan all the negs.. I might start again though!
I would not dream of shooting a job on film these days though, unless someone were to commission a special B&W large format image from me!
I owned a fleet of view cameras, Zone 6, Wisner, Linhoff, Horseman, etc., I got out of that while the buyers were still buying them. I preferred the wood fields buy far. My favorite big format camera was Fuji's GX 617. I did a LOT of 10x30 prints from that camera with ABC Photo and Imaging in Manassas Virginia. And we did some up to 3x9. The ONLY camera I have from that era is a Nikon F 5 with the 20-35 MM lens I used to better meter with as I stopped using 1 deg. spot meters as the Nikon camera exposure reading gave better results ( and OFTEN more useable photos!)
One of the first “through the lens metering” the F Photomic, to the best of my memory….which I used professionally in 1960’s…meter never worked properly. …. geez, I am getting old…
Msmoto's F Photomic was way before I switched to Nikon. I began with the Minolta SRT 101 and went thru a whole FLEET of Minoltas and they kept abandoning mounts so I went to Nikons like the F100, and the F5. I did appreciate the 70-300s FAR more than the 70-200 f 2.8 which were very heavy for what they were. I do NOT miss the film era at all, would have loved to have my current digitals then that I have now.
The world is far more crowded and even dangerous now, but we sure have some GREAT cameras to shoot with!