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5 frames with a Nikon F3 – by Eduardo Ribeiro

My story with film photography is a bit recent. I’ve started shooting 35mm film last year around May, which was actually just three months after buy my first DSLR camera. Before that, I just took pictures with my cellphone, but nothing really serious.

At the time I decided to dive in the world of photography, I was facing some problems and taking pictures was a way of stress out some thoughts: it was the way that I found to express myself. It turned out that photography has become a kind of therapy for me, a therapy I try to do when I have a time off of the university.

These pictures were taken on a Nikon F3 (which was my first and still being my only film camera) with a Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8D. They are from the fifth roll I’ve shoot since I’ve started (unfortunately, here in Brazil film photography is somewhat expensive).

The film that I used was the Kodak Tri-X 400. As long as it was the first time that I used black and white film, I didn’t know what exactly expect. Moreover, I was a bit concerned about the exposures because of the lighting conditions: it was a sunny day and there were many shadows. So, since I don’t have a lot of experience, I was a bit afraid of make extremely contrasty expositions, however I ended up satisfied with the results.

The exposures where made in the City Park of São José dos Campos, a nearby city of São Paulo. They were self-scanned with a Pacific Image PrimeFillm 7200 and post-processed on Adobe Lightroom.

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  • Reply
    May 3, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Eduardo, these are excellent negatives. Maybe bring out a little more detail in the dark areas, but otherwise, they have that Tri-X look. Very nice. I used the F3 for over a decade, but sold it 10 years ago when I was reducing my photographic equipment. Probably I should have kept it, but you know how that goes as the years pass….

    • Reply
      Eduardo Ribeiro
      May 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks! In general I’ve underexposed a little bit most of the negatives, so I ended up losing most of the detatils on the dark areas. My relation with the Nikon F3 was love at the first sight, it’s a beautiful camera.

  • Reply
    May 8, 2018 at 5:46 am

    A nice write-up, Eduardo, and nice photos. I too bought my F3 last May, although I have had an FM2 for 20 years. For your fifth roll of film, you’re doing very well indeed.

  • Reply
    August 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    The F3 is my go-to film camera. Big enough to get ahold of, but not huge or heavy. Reliable meter but otherwise dead simple to use. Absolutely bullet proof.

    Just a suggestion: if you’re shooting Tri-X and conditions are bright and contrasty, set the meter on 200 and develop roughly 10% less, or tell the lab to “pull one stop.” Actually that’s the way I shoot Tri-X (and HP-5) most of the time anyway. It’s easy to add contrast in post, hard to reduce it.

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