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The Streets of Kuala Lumpur and Hat Yai with a Nikon 35Ti – by Nuraishah Shamsuddin

October 4, 2018

After using Canon Prima Bf-90 for a while, I decided to switch to Nikon 35ti – so I thought I would follow up my previous post with some new images. I was looking for a sharper images with greater control of depth of field. You might wonder why I chose the Nikon 35ti over the Hexar AF or Contax T2? Well, first off, I got the camera for a very good price from an analogue camera collector. The camera is still in mint condition despite being third hand. Second, certainly compared to the Hexar, it’s small and easy to snug into my bag wherever I go.

There is one key similarity with my previous camera, they both have the push-and-hold flash-off control button to shoot without flash – I find this a is such a pain in the neck, but with the rough comes the smooth. The autofocus of the Nikon 35ti performs much better for a start. The light meter also does a great job in low light, it is also a “matrix” meter so is seems to be very accurate.

There are a few downsides to the camera outside of the flash control button. There is fake panorama mode which does not serves any purpose whatsoever beyond being prone to being switched on by accident – I’ve taped mine up to stop this happening. Same goes for the battery cap, which many people often lose due to its easy push-and-turn lock. Last but not least, there is no grip. My fingers often hit the lens during shooting. Although it does not effect the photos since the focusing lens is inside, it is still not comfortable when handling especially when you have a larger hands.

Despite the downsides, I enjoyed playing with the camera. Although the first roll is such a disappointment, the second one did not disappoint me at all. Here are some of my unedited shots at the streets of Kuala Lumpur and Hat Yai using the Nikon 35ti paired with the classic Fuji 200.


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  • Reply
    Daniel Fjäll
    October 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve always liked the lens on this camera. Good looking too! Love the spontaneity of this series.

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    david hill
    October 4, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    These are beautiful cameras, with a marvelous lens, and you’ve gotten lovely results from it. I remember seeing this in my local camera shop, oh 25 years ago, its marvelous compactness, its stunning analogue needles … And I remember drooling. I’m mostly over that, but I discover that I still suffer from envy. Very nice..

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    Ian Do Carmo
    October 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    NURAISHAH, great photos to begin with. Thanks for sharing KL with us. I’ve had the. Nikon for a couple of years now, have shot a lot of different films and played a lot with the exposure control. Fortunately my hands are small, and I never had problem with the issues you seems to have with, the flash slightly tiny for me but I still nailed. Hope you have a fun time with this camera, I wouldn’t choose the T2 over, feels bit “plastic” after holding the Nikon. Please, shoot Ektar and Cinestill (find good opportunities to use these films) with this camera, it might surprise you.

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      Nuraishah Shamsuddin
      October 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

      hi ian, so far i really enjoy the camera. might as well experiment it with the films you mentioned. didnt have the chance to get it on hand yet. but when i do, ill be sure to share it on my social media platform. anyway, thanks for the compliment. cheers.

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    Andrew Li
    October 8, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Great shots and great color; like I remembered, even though I used Kodachrome last time I shot the 35Ti. The matrix-metering was pretty dead on even with Kodachrome. Yes, that’s how long ago it was.

    I have been shooting the 28Ti since then. I more a 28mm or 50mm shooter. One of the great things about the 28Ti is that you can turn off the flash.

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