Nikon F801s and Ilford FP4

The frequent readers of this blog know that I love rangefinder cameras. The Leica M6 and Plaubel Makina 67 are my  favorite and the ones that has stayed with me. I used to own a Fuji GSW690iii which I consider it to be the best medium format camera for landscape photography but I sold it a couple of years ago (with many regrets!!)

Working with a rangefinder camera like the M6 or the Makina, is not always easy. There were times where I just needed a more automated film camera for my travels, so I chose the Nikon F801s. It’s a modern camera (for a film camera that is), with great exposure metering and auto focus. I didn’t like anything fancier like the Nikon F4 for example, and the price os the F801s was really very very cheap.

I have shot a few rolls with it, and indeed is way more comfortable to work with compared to the Leica M6. The M6 still remains my favorite camera and the lenses are awesome, but there is room for the Nikon as well in my arsenal. 

The photos below were shot at the beautiful village of Makrinitsa, at Greece. I used Ilford FP4 and two old lenses, the Nikon 24mm f2.8D and Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF D. Both have aperture rings, which is crucial when shooting with the F801s, in order to change aperture (with G lenses you are forced to shoot them wide open).

I used a red and yellow filter in most of my images to increase contrast. 

The film was developed using Ilford Ilfotec DD-X which is my favorite developer (10 minutes at 20 Celsius), and scanned with the Epson V500 scanner. 

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