The 35mm cameras I carry and why. (Plus pictures from recent Prescott trip.)


I recently purchased a new 35mm SLR... the Nikon FE.

Since I like shooting 36 exp. film but don't usually get the opportunity to finish all 36 exposures before lighting conditions change, I like to have 3 SLRs with different film speeds in them for whenever the light favors a different speed. In case you're wondering I'll brake down what camera I use with what film and why.

First off, I use my new (to me) Nikon FE and Nikon Ai 50mm f1.8 lens with 100 ISO film due to the fact that it has aperture priority so I can get my shots in really fast before the moment has changed and because my other two main SLRs have f1.4 lenses which would be kind of pointless to have in a camera I'm using in broad daylight. 

The next camera I use is the Canon AE-1 with Canon FD 50mm f1.4 with 400 ISO film. This combination works for me because it's nice to have the little extra light at f1.4 at dusk. In dimmer lighting conditions I usually take my time more and do less street photography so it's less important to be as quick on my feet with my camera so I find I don't need aperture priority. 

The last of the three cameras I haul around on long days is my trusty Pentax Spotmatic F with Pentax SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens... which is my favorite 50mm lens I own. I usually shoot ISO 3200 B&W film this as well as occasionally ISO 400 pushed to 1600. A lot of the time I will shoot this camera in almost no light at f1.4 and I prefer the bokeh from this 50mm over the Canon one. The meter on the Pentax is also actually really easy to see compared to the Nikon and Canon readouts in low light. Instead of showing what shutter speed you are at, you just have to line the needle up in the center and you're shooting with the proper settings. 

I know that sounds like a to of weight, and you're right. But I will only carry all three of these cameras with me if I know I will be shooting all day. If I know I will only be shooting in one or two lighting conditions I will bring the appropriate cameras.


Enough on that. 

So this past Saturday, my little brother was in a parade up in Prescott, Arizona for his middle school band. I'll go up to Prescott for any and every reason but it was a bonus to see him in the parade. I mainly shot with my new Nikon FE and Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film. The first picture of the car was in Tempe but I just really wanted to share it. I think Acros is my new favorite film. The tones are just unbelievable.

All these photos were taken with a Nikon FE and Nikon Ai 50mm f1.8 and Fuji Neopan Acros 100, scanned with a Kodak Pakon f135 Plus.

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