Fuji Neopan 1600 BW. Nikon F2. 50mm 1.4 prime
Shutter Speeds: 1/500- 1/1000
This set is basically a dream come true. I really wanted to also try shooting sports (on film format). I just didn’t have the chance to grab hold of a film that really fits the situation, until a few months ago! I used a Neopan 1600 iso high speed black and white film. Thanks to my good friend Eugene for developing this roll, and of course the scanner goes to Canoscan 4400F. The Fuji Neopan 1600 iso film has been discontinued for practical reasons today. This is my fitting goodbye to the grainy high speed film. What better way than to test it in action inside the Hevtek United-Ancheta Jiu JItsu grind house. Due to the uneven lighting inside the gym, I used bracketing to get the right exposure.
The Fuji Neopan 1600 was discontinued because of the presence of its 400iso counterpart. According to the rules that they give when you are trying to push or pull the film during developing process, you could actually hike it or decrease it by two stops and the results will remain the same. In terms of economic practicality, it really makes a lot of sense. The price of 1600 Neopan is a bit more expensive than the 400 iso Neopan. Why have a 1600 if you could push the 400?
These are some of the outtakes and I’ll be posting more on Flickr in the coming days!
I used the Nikon F2 for the Ilocos trip and so far I’m pretty much contented with the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens. Though no doubt, the F2 is such a great find; I just can’t stand the fact that wear and tear definitely manifested through the whole shooting process.
- On and off functionality of F stops 8-16.
I had the difficulty shooting outdoors because the shutter curtain won’t allow the light to get through UNLESS you press the depth of field preview button. I do not know if it is the 50 mm NIkkor lens to blame or it is the F2. If anyone knows what could be the cause of this ruckus, drop me a line.
- Faulty back cover lock.
It was quite frustrating to have some of your shots wiped off with the lock failing to keep the back cover tightly closed. Though the lock at the bottom of the camera was secured to “C”, it kept on opening ajar resulting to some frames being destroyed. Fortunately it didn’t damage a whole roll.
- The head definitely gives the F2 a trashy look
If you will read about the F2 it has several heads from the viewfinders that allow you to shoot from the waist to the typical eye level view finders. Mine has a wrecked front removing the “Nikon” logo upfront. It was mentioned that it is really common to cannibalize viewfinders or heads in order to fix other Nikon cameras. It is likely that my F2 was a victim of this probable theory.
Of course, you really don’t want to have all problems and no solutions. I finally narrowed three problems to one pressing problem, scratching the two others (as a non-issue for me). Since I really don’t want to destroy rolls of hard work and joy, I am going to reinforce the camera with electrical tape from this day on whenever I am shooting. It doesn’t matter if it is indoor or outdoor.
For more information on how the Nikon F2 works check this out!
Before heading to the north armed with the Nikon F2, I just have to test it. I used to think that the YKL is the best film out there but this time around, I learned that what is true for Canon might not be universally true for the Nikon cameras. I am simply playing around with the camera enjoying its non-battery-demanding shooting functions.
So far, I love the way it shoots. The thing that I would like to change however is the fact that I need a different head for the Nikon F2. It would’ve been nice to have a TLR type of head. I think they call it waist level viewfinder which costs a solid $99-$125!
Jeez. Give me a break Nikon could really bust your pocket. Maybe I’ll just do some hunting again in the streets of Manila to find any remnants of the elusive “heads”. As you can see, my viewfinder really sucks from the outside. You can definitely call it a terminator. And for the record this is by far the ugliest yet most functionally sound camera I used.
(Overlapping shots scanned as one)
I still haven’t used it during the day with the sun as the natural light. I will have time for that in the next few days.