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A bit of film nostalgia
Shaun Ward, Photographer
Perth | Tayside | Scotland | Posted: 4:58 PM on 03.01.13
->> As there is a lot of older guys here I thought this might bring up interesting chat.
I'm going to be buying a film camera to shoot some transparency for a charity I am working for when we climb Kilimanjaro in October.
Think I will be getting a Nikon F301 combined with a 28mm simply because this was a favourite combination when i was 'growing up, Add in some Velvia and I'm getting quite nostalgic.

So what camera/lens/film combo do you hark back to?
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Romeo Guzman, Photographer
Orlando | FL | United States | Posted: 7:24 PM on 03.01.13
->> Nikon F3HP, had 3 of these in the 80's 2 with motor drives they were work horses. I actually had one fall off my shoulder going up a 10 meter board to shoot diving and half way up it slipped off, nice dent near the rewind knob but it kept on shooting. Can't imagine a digital body lasting through something like that.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 7:53 PM on 03.01.13
->> Nikon FM2, totally manual camera, no need for batteries. Just have to handle your exposures via lightmeter or something...
And a 35mm or 28mm lens, and a 105mm...
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 8:38 PM on 03.01.13
->> FM2 for me as well ... I rocked a pair of them for nearly two decades ... one of them had the original 35-70 f/2.8 permanently attached (or so it seemed ... I still have one in the closet!) ... that kit along with Sekonic L-398 paid for themselves many times over ... I miss the simplicity of that combo quite a bit ... though I don't miss the thousands of hours I spent in the darkroom one iota ....
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:45 PM on 03.01.13
->> F3HP with 50-300. The most fun since the Ma Deuce.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 9:46 PM on 03.01.13
->> Nikon F with a 20mm and 105mm will handle just about everything. Plus a Luna-Pro light meter. For a telephoto, the 200mm micro. For a flash, a Vivitar 283 and 285 with an off-camera cord and optical slave.

The old-style 20mm lens group configuration provides deep blue skies without the need of a polarizer and great color saturation.

The F and three lenses weigh less than a D3S with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 9:46 PM on 03.01.13
->> My Canon T90 got me through the final two years of high school, PJ school at UF, and work with the Miami Herald and Florida Times-Union. Loved that camera. Still remember the serial number. 1045186.
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Marshall Smith, Photographer
Stamping Ground | KY | USA | Posted: 10:09 PM on 03.01.13
->> A Nikkormat FT SLR with a 35mm lens, because I couldn't afford a "real" Nikon.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 11:27 PM on 03.01.13
->> There were several, but two or three come to mind. Nikon F3HP with a motor. Nikkor 105mm and a Nikkor 20mm. Throw in a Topcon 300mm f2.8 with a modified Nikon mount and a 80-200 f4.5 Nikkor and sports was certainly doable.

The other two are a bit unusual - Pentax ES - first major SLR with a electronic shutter. Super Multi coated Takumar 85mm was a lovely portrait lens; some of the wide angle lenses were pretty sweet. The Pentax Spotmatic was also a great camera body. Even to this day, I still think the Pentax Spotmatic bodies were the best handling bodies for most people ever built.

Throw in a Luna Pro light meter, and life was really good.

I gotta tell you, there's parts of the old days I really miss.
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Peter Zuzga, Photographer
Waukesha | WI | USA | Posted: 11:34 PM on 03.01.13
->> Nikon F3P with the firing rate converter attached to the motor. The most bad a$$ camera I've ever owned.
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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 11:38 PM on 03.01.13
->> If I was going on a trek such as Mt. Kilimanjaro I would opt for something not battery dependent, the list is long for Nikon (F, F2, Nikkormat(s), FM, FM2, FM2n, FM3A) and there are plenty from other brands as well.

The Nikon AIS 28/2.8 and 105/2.5 are both excellent primes as good as anything Nikon currently sells.

I think I worked with just about everything Nikon made in film cameras save for the F4 and F6. The F5 and F100 were my last cameras before going digital. Now I have a Nikon Photomic FTn for nostalgia (it still works) and a FM3A which was the last mechanical SLR Nikon made. I still have a bag full of manual focus Nikkors, too.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 1:37 AM on 03.02.13
->> Leica M2 with 50mm Dual Focus Summicron
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 2:56 AM on 03.02.13
->> What got me into photography was my dad's Minolta XG-M with a 28-70 f/2.8-4 zoom. I had no freakin' clue how it worked when I was a kid, but it was the coolest looking thing to me.

I ended up dragging through college, even though it was the digital revolution by then. Though sadly, it was stolen from my car with another digital body.

After I became a full-time PJ, I carried a Nikon F100, which I loved, but sold.

I did photograph Beach Boy Al Jardine with it and a roll of Tri-X though:

http://photographnic.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Portfolio-for-Nic-Coury...

I still love film and want to get a Leica M4-P one day, for which I'm taking donations...
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 5:27 AM on 03.02.13
->> -> Shaun

Spotted this on Strobist a few days ago :

http://strobist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/how-we-got-here-analog-photoshop.htm...


The last film camera's I had were T90's but I must admit I preferred the FM2 I was supplied with before that along with a 24mm. The 180mm f2.8 was also a great lens. When I went to pick up the motordrives for the FM2's, the salesman got me to put it on the camera, handed me a roll of film from a drawer in the shop and timed me as I ran it straight through the camera as a reminder as to how quickly a 3fps drive would eat up film.

Film ? B+W was always Ilford HP5. When Fuji started producing B+W film even their rep told my boss to not consider changing.

Colour negative was usually Fujicolour 400 which despite what the books and manufacturers at the time said we worked out how to push a couple of stops and also how to cut processing times to a ridiculously, so scary, short time by increasing the temperature and concentration of the chemicals.

By choice, and on the rare occasions we had enough sunlight here in the UK, I would use Velvia (50 ASA) for colour transparencies otherwise Fujichrome 100.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:20 AM on 03.02.13
->> Not to rain on the nostalgia party, but my non-photographer boss recently completed a trek to the Kilimanjaro summit and brought back some excellent photos with a Sony NEX-3. The times, they are a-changing...
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 9:46 AM on 03.02.13
->> For your purposes I'd look for 2 FM/FM2's and an AIS 28/2 and AIS 85/2. Velvia 100 in one body and Provia 400 in the other. Leave the flash at home and bring a gorilla Pod and light meter.
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Michael L. Palmieri, Photographer
Barnegat | NJ | USA | Posted: 1:09 PM on 03.02.13
->> My F3P with winder -- it was built like a tank.

MF Nikkor AI 105/2.5 -- talk about RAZOR sharp.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 03.02.13
->> ... and the 180 f2.8 lens, best Nikon lens I have used!
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 7:53 PM on 03.03.13
->> Started with a Canon R2000 and have continued to shoot Canons ever since. Still have my T-90 in which I shot many many rolls of Fujichrome 100.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 8:15 PM on 03.03.13
->> An F4 and 400 3.5. Learned the fine art of focus tracking...
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Ed Wolfstein, Photographer, Assistant
Burlington | VT | USA | Posted: 8:34 PM on 03.03.13
->> Nikkormat FTn with a "K" screen - whoa! The classic Nikkor 80~200mm f/4.5 and 24mm f/2.8 were my first lenses beyond my 50mm f/2. First motor drive was an MD2/MB1 on an F2. Had my F2 (sans motor) in an original Aquatica NR (for Nikon/Ranetkins) in 1981 or so, then later in an Aquatica II with motor!
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Matawan | NJ | United States | Posted: 8:53 PM on 03.03.13
->> If you peek in my closet you will find an almost mint Nikon FTn, 50mm 1.4 and 105 2.5 waiting for me to retire........That said, the F2 and the F3 were great cameras too
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Nik Habicht, Photographer
Levittown | PA | USA | Posted: 12:08 AM on 03.05.13
->> My favorite photo of my wife was shot with an AE-1 and a Vivitar 135/2.8. I miss that camera a little. The one I'm really nostalgic for though is the Canon T-90 kit I had around 1989-92. T-90, 300TL TTL strobe with early version flash exposure lock, 24 f/2, 35 f/2, 85 f/1.8 and 200 f/4 lenses.

When I look through my photo albums of family trips, when the youngest kids was still a youngster, or of my family in Germany, I'm looking at T-90 images.

I have newspaper images I like from my film days, but I was changing systems so often, and lenses and camera bodies within systems even more often, that I can't remember which lenses made which pictures. I need digital and EXIF info for that....
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Bangkok | Bangkok | Thailand | Posted: 10:35 AM on 03.05.13
->> My first camera, the one that got me into photography was an old Canon FT-QL circa 1968 or so. Had that camera for a long time then got an AT-1 because I naively thought automation was a passing fad. Had the AT-1 for a pretty long time through college until I got an AE-1P, which I thought was a terrific camera.

The AE-1P was my first "professional" camera. That and my 35 f2 and 200 f2.8 were a great combination for me. The AE-1P took the same motor drive as the A1. My final film cameras were Canon New F1 (not to be confused with the F1n.
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:23 AM on 03.05.13
->> I've never loved a camera like I loved my Nikon F5's.

Yeah, I have more nostalgia for cameras I learned to shoot with, but those F5's were bricks. I dropped one while setting up a backboard remote, and it did nothing to the camera.

That camera with my 85 1.8 were fabulous.

My favorite color film was E100VS, but my favorite was bulk loaded Tri-X.
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