Nikon F-301

It’s All Done with Mirrors – A Tale of a Telescope Street Photo – By Tom Ace

The 1960s and ’70s were good times for hobbyists in the USA. Chemicals, electronic parts, and optical supplies were widely available – in some ways more so than they are today. When I put together a Newtonian reflecting telescope around 1976, I bought a mirror directly from the manufacturer in the next town over from where I lived at the time. I originally wanted the telescope for astronomy and I still point it at the sky once in a while. But like any long focal length objective, it also has applications for wildlife photography.

Nikon F-301

Nikon F-301 (N2000) – In Defence of Nikon’s Ugly Duckling – By Brian J. Grossman

We’ve all experienced that instant of hesitation, the moment of self-doubt, just before clicking the “submit order” button. “There’s no logical reason for this, no need for another camera. I already have six.” If you could freeze this moment, two things would become immediately clear. First, you’re going to complete the transaction and buy the camera. Second, you have an acute emotional need for a rational justification, no matter how far-fetched. Sometimes I think this is why people start blogs or YouTube channels, just to have an excuse to acquire and play around with new gear. “Hey, I haven’t reviewed one of those yet! And it’s on sale!” This more or less describes my last several gear purchases.

Kodak HIE

Shooting a roll of Kodak HIE infrared film with a Nikon F-301 – by Charles Higham.

I’ve wanted to shoot Kodak HIE High-Speed Infrared film for some time. Discontinued in 2007, it became known for producing images with other-worldly qualities through its sensitivity to IR wavelengths up to around 900nm, which few if any other films could match. It also didn’t have the anti-halation backing found in other films resulting in …

Shooting a roll of Kodak HIE infrared film with a Nikon F-301 – by Charles Higham. Read More

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