A couple of weeks ago I bought a Nikon F80 to use as a film camera when I’m out with my Nex 6 and today I received my first test film back from processing.
It has always been my belief that the quality of a film camera really comes down to the accuracy of the exposure measurement and the quality of the lens, and that if you have a poor lens the results will be poor, but I think I may need to re-evaluate that belief. Although these pictures were taken on cheap film (£1 agfa vista+ 200 from poundland) and were taken with a slow, standard zoom lens some of them are outstandingly good – from a technical photographic point of view.
All these were taken around Stevenage during a sunny lunch break apart from the last few which I took on a trip to Bennington Lordship at the weekend. The majority were in Aperture priority, with a few in Program mode to test how that performed. I tried a few with backlight and a few in poor lighting and they have all come out very well. These have been imported into Lightroom simply to resample them to 1600 pixels on the longest edge and add a copyright notice – otherwise they are unprocessed. You can view the full sized versions here or use the gallery below.
Overall I think the Nikon and I are going to be good friends.