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.