Nikon FM3A

September 17, 2012  •  1 Comment

A couple of posts ago, you might remember I mentioned a nerdy toy I acquired from eBay for a steal.  It was a Canon AE-1 Program, 35mm film camera, which I really liked.  It produced a nice first roll of shots using Fuji Velvia 50, and was working well.  But I did some more reading and realized there was quite a big difference in quality between that and what you see in the following shots.  

 

It's a Nikon FM3A - another 35mm film camera!  I decided to take advantage of the good deal I got on eBay for the Canon, and flipped it for quite a nice profit.  I used this profit to upgrade to this bad boy.  I realized that I don't have to stick with Canon, since the lenses I already have for digital aren't compatible with the old film bodies anyway, so I could grab this Nikon and all is good.  A couple of other reasons for the upgrade are that the Nikon has shutter speeds up to 1/4000th (allowing wider apertures and shallower depth of field in daylight), all of the shutter speeds work in both electronic or manual (meaning if batteries die, you can still shoot), the flash sync speed is 1/250th (much better than the AE-1, and I like strobist type photography), has aperture-priority mode (vs. shutter-priority on the Canon, and Av is much more useful in my opinion, even though I always stick with manual on it anyway), and it has mirror lock-up for the self-timer (allowing more sharp images on a tripod for landscape).  

 

I have been slowly getting the hang of film photography, shooting a picture here, a picture there - it's definitely a much slower and more thoughtful experience than digital.  I've gotten 2 rolls developed so far, and I just handed in roll number 3.  There are a handful that I'm pretty happy with so far, which I will get scanned to digital so I can post them.  I've been using Fuji Velvia 50, which is a color slide film - this means you literally get those old-fashioned slides which you can either put into a slide projector or look at with a light-table and a loupe.  I have neither of these, so I've been holding them up to the window against the cloudy sky to see what they look like.  I'll have to see if I can find a used projector on craigslist - they're obsolete, so should be cheap!

 

Anyway, enjoy another flashback to simpler times with these pictures!

 

Nikon FM3A - my craigslist find

 

Solid, manual goodness

 

Film goes here

 

Till next time, dig out that old film camera from your attic/basement, get a roll of Velvia, and see what you can get!


Comments

Deborah Dietrich(non-registered)
So cool Jay, glad you found a great camera and a good deal. Enjoy and keep those great pictures coming! Love you!!!
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