Dang, this lens is heavy. It seems to pull on the body of the FM3a as if it’s trying to escape using gravity as a weapon and 900g as ammunition. But little does it know that although the FM3A is light in comparison (about 600g) it too is built like a nuclear bunker.
I am very much a grab, run and bang into things type of photographer. Don’t ever ask me to hold your Leica. So this heavy weight combo is perfect for chucking in a bag that’s probably going to hit a door frame.
This current outing with the beast was to the Beers & Camera photowalk in Birmingham, a delightful day out meeting other film photographers and a wander around the big city. Making the mistake of using up all my film supplies the day before, Kodak Alaris saved the day providing me with some TMax 400 – it was nearly just a walk around Brum.
There was a bit of disruption on the streets that day due to some protests/demonstrations. I felt quite safe though, not only from the police presence but knowing that I could use to camera and lens as a shield. Even the the pro-photographer (on the right) in this image has come prepared with a hard-hat.
A massive thanks to Hamish for organising this walk, I would highly recommend going along to future ones and again to Kodak Alaris for providing some film.
Great to meet the fellow photographers, look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Camera : Nikon FM3A
Lens : Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 D
Film : 35mm Kodak Tmax 400
Dev : Ilford ID-11 1:1
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