Nikon FM2/T SLR film camera

January 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Recently a classic Nikon FM2/T SLR film camera and several Nikkor lenses arrived at the studio door. This adventure all got started over Xmas, Ben and his girlfriend invited me camping and fishing at Windy Harbour. Connla had black-and-white film she wanted to expose so I offered her my Pentax K1000 to shoot with. I still love that camera, it's now the same age as my son - 30 years old.  We developed the film back at the studio - it was a joy to see the great images the old Pentax captured. Shooting with my Leica M on a beach always gives me goose-bumps! 

 

 

Playing with the old Pentax got me thinking - better find a backup SLR that will see us all into the future. Up to around 2001 Nikon produced a semi-professional Titanium bodied SLR model called the FM2/T for extreme conditions, this would be the SLR for me.  Over the past week I've been shooting with the Nikon, capturing environmental self portraits to document a recent wood sculpture project in the workshop.

 

My Nikon experience is bring me great joy -  Nikkor lenses produce stunning high quality images, similar to Leica glass!  It's hard to believe a $300 Nikkor lens captures images as good as the equivalent focal length Leica lens worth $3000.  This could simply be the magic of gelatin silver processing of black-and-white films and printing papers? 

 

At the end of the day I am left to ponder  " a great photograph knows not the maker of the lens"

 

 

This Close-up photo was taken with a Nikkor 85mm f2 lens

Wood sculpture by Peter KovacsyAn environmental self portrait captured with a Nikon FM2/T camera and Nikkor Ai-S f2/80mm lens

This wide-angle photo was taken with a Nikkor 35mm f2 lens

Peter Kovacsy at work on a new wood sculpture.An environmental self portrait captured with a Nikon FM2/T camera and Nikkor Ai-S f2/80mm lens


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