Archive for August 2013
Back in February, the missus gave me a Nikon L35AF2 as a birthday present. Since then, the camera has been quietly sitting in a drawer waiting for a chance to prove its worth. This chance came a couple of days ago.
I loaded the camera with a roll of Kodak Professional CN400BW and went for a photo stroll. Surprisingly, I managed to shoot the entire roll in just an hour or so. The little shooter performed well, and I bagged a few decent shots. The photo above is one of them. In case you wonder, this is a chandelier at Aarhus main station. This, by the way, is not your run-off-the-mill light fixture: designed by famous Danish architect Poul Henningsen, it’s not only special, but expensive, too.
A new version of the digiKam Recipes ebook is available for download. All screenshots and material have been updated to reflect changes in the most recent version of digiKam. The new release of the ebook also features the new Apply EXIF Metadata to Multiple Photos recipe and a refreshed cover.
Readers who already purchased the book will receive the new version free of charge. If you haven’t received your copy, please send your order confirmation as proof of purchase to email@example.com, and I’ll email you the latest version of the book.
Look, there is a new film camera in my photo bag! I was leisurely browsing a local auction website the other day when I stumbled upon this Nikon L35AF unit. I didn’t actually need a new film camera, but at a measly $25 (that’s the price of a cup of coffee and a sandwich here in Denmark), how could I not buy it? I’m really glad that I succumbed to the temptation, as the camera turned out to be in excellent condition with virtually no signs of use. The package also included the original strap, the equally original lens cap, and a swanky (by 80s standards, at least) CS-L35 leatherette carrying case.
The model I’ve got is an earlier version of the camera with ISO limited to 400. But it can squeeze 38 exposures from a regular 36-exposure film roll. If my math is right, this basically gives me a free roll of film for every 18 rolls I buy. I can’t really add much to what has already been written about Nikon L35AF elsewhere, so I limit myself to features I personally like and dislike. Despite its plastic exterior which gives the camera a slightly junky look, Nikon L35AF is solidly built and its boxy shape makes it easy to handle. Better still, the rubberized grip gives you a firm hold on the camera. The lens is Nikon L35AF’s pièce de résistance, and it’s every bit as sharp as everybody says. The camera uses regular AA batteries which are readily available pretty much everywhere. Other highlights include fast focus, reliable exposure metering, manual ISO selection, and an exposure compensation lever for photographing backlit subjects. I also appreciate the lens cap with an integrated blinder that covers the viewfinder. This ensures that you don’t take pictures with the lens cap on. As for dislikes, there is only one fly in the ointment: the flash which pops up automatically in low light situations. Although it’s possible to prevent the flash from popping up by holding it with a finger (and still get properly exposed photos), this is not the most elegant approach. As soon as the camera arrived, I loaded a roll of Kodak Professional CN400BW into it and went shooting. Here are a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure.
All in all, Nikon L35AF lives up to its reputation, and I have a feeling that it might become my go-to compact film camera.
Hot on the heels of the latest release of the DSLR Dashboard app comes an updated edition of the Instant Guide to DSLR Dashboard. Along with a new cover, the 3.7.1 version of the guide features updated content and screenshots which reflect changes in DSLR Dashboard 0.30.23.
If you’ve already bought the Instant Guide to DSLR Dashboard, you can get the latest release of the guide as described in the Updates chapter.
If you happen to use digiKam for managing photos scanned from negatives, you’ll appreciate the application’s capabilities to add and edit EXIF metadata. Using digiKam’s dedicated interface for managing metadata, you can add key EXIF values, such as maker, device model, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, etc., to the scanned photos (provided you have these data handy).
However, digiKam doesn’t allow you to apply the same EXIF data to multiple photos in a single operation. Adding the same maker, device, ISO, and focal length to a set of photos one-by-one can be a bit of a nuisance, but you can use a simple trick to work around this limitation. Start with adding EXIF values to a single photo. Select then the rest of the photos, choose Image → Metadata → Import EXIF, pick the processed photo, and press OK. This will apply EXIF data from the processed photo to the selected images.
Mimosa is the name of the last remaining film lab in our city. Compared to the rest of the photo stores in Aarhus which peddle pretty much the same assortment of mainstream photography stuff, Mimosa is decidedly different. For starters, the store carries a relatively large selection of reasonably priced films, including popular films from Kodak and ILFORD.
Mimosa offers C41 processing only, but the lab accepts regular black-and-white films for processing in Germany. Of course, Mimosa also carries chromogenic films like ILFORD XP2 SUPER 400 and Kodak Professional CN400BW, which can be processed using C41 chemicals. The store offers same-day film development (usually within an hour or so, depending on how busy they are) which is only slightly more expensive than next-day processing. Mimosa’s staffers are friendly and know a thing or two about photography. They are always ready to help and have a chat about all things photography.
So if you happen to be in Aarhus, and you run out of film (or anything else photography-related), you might want to stop by Mimosa. Who knows, you might even bump into me.
By the way, Mimosa has a long and fascinating story (in Danish), and it has been in business in one form or another for over 100 years.
It’s not every day I see a film camera in Aarhus. Come to think of it, I’ve actually never seen a film camera-toting photographer here in the city. Until today, that is. I was passing by a café, when I spotted two girls sitting outside with an Olympus Trip 35 on their table.
I asked permission to take a couple of snaps, and had a short chat with the owner. It’s always nice to meet fellow film shooters.
Taken with Samsung Galaxy S III and processed with Snapseed for Android.