Here’s an experiment with an old manual focus 70-300mm zoom Nikon lens on the Fujifilm X-T30 mirrorless camera.
I was given this lens as a gift in 1995, (I think) and although it’s slow (max f/4) it’s quite a good lens. The light was failing when this image was made, around 5.30pm, so the ISO was 6400, making the image grainy. I extended the lens to 300mm and shot a photo of this bush at f/4 – 1/250th sec.
I needed to keep the ISO high and shutter speed short to eliminate lens shake. Overall though, I see possibilities for this combination.
Using a 35 year old Nikon Lens on a 1 year old Fujifilm Mirrorless Camera!
It’s rare to have open roads in Belfast on a Saturday, but today the roads were reasonably free of traffic – with people ‘self-isolating’ and ‘social distancing.’ But there was one traffic jam, and that was caused by the closure of an important route into and out of the city, the Sydenham By-Pass. This closure caused a stand-still traffic jam on the lower section of the Newtownards Road (Ballymacarret) – Just one single snarl up in the whole city and I was stuck in it.
As it happened I had a camera right beside me on the passenger seat of the car, so while the car was stationery, with the handbrake on and the engine stopped, I made a small number of exposures. Random images, of no relevance or importance.
What a great day in the studio! My first shoot for the brand-new Pet Portraits Awards, a lovely Mummy and Me Shoot, then a wee family. Today I was shooting with the Nikon Df Camera tethered to an Apple MacBook Air, using my new Smart Shooter 3 app. It’s much easier to use than Nikon’s own transfer programmes, and cuts out one step in the workflow, for the images are already on the computer for processing, so no download after the clients have left.
Here’s my image of the day, Katie and hannah on the swing/dreamcatcher…
Baby Bailey, in the studio today for his Baby of the Month photo shoot. This image captured on traditional film, using the Nikon F100, f/5.6 @ 1/125th sec, on Ilford professional film, ISO100. Developed in Fotospeed FD10 for 7 mins.
Today I rescued my old Nikon FM2 camera from the shelf in the studio where it has sat, forlorn and neglected for about 5 years. It’s a fully manual film camera, no autofocus, no automatic exposure no ‘modes’ and certainly no WiFi or video capabilities.
It had been neglected only because the little strip of metal that maintains contact with the battery was broken and according to our local camera shop, it’s not worth repairing.