Nikon FA, Nikkor AF 85mm/1.8 D, Kodak Portra 400

Consider yourself an analog photographer?  Take a spin through this list and see how
many items you can identify or honestly claim to have used.

I was able to recognize 12 of the 17 items.  I think a few were not too fair or common in
the first place, so I think that was a pretty good score.

And honestly I use 7 of them even to this day, and desire to
pick more up again sometime in the future when I have the time to play around
with a darkroom and/or large format.

Written by Bubble Level

Jamie Zucek lives in California and enjoys film and digital photography, collecting and shooting vintage and modern cameras whenever he can.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Leif L Reply

    Love your photography (especially the 35mm). How do you scan your negatives/slides? What are your thoughts about the AMP metering of the FA, compared to your F100 or F6?

  2. Bubble Level Reply

    I usually scan using my Nikon 5000 and VueScan software. Sometimes I use lab scans if I am in a rush. I do rough color correction in VueScan, but I do my editing and finer corrections and cleanup in Lightroom.
    I love my FA, it is a great camera if you want to shoot manual lenses yet let the camera choose the exposure for you. Its meter is great, almost as good as the F100 especially if you are shooting negative film.
    The F100 is a bit better in challenging lighting, especially with slide film. And the F6 is even a bit better but that is really starting to split hairs. I think the F100/F6 meters will most clearly perform better than the FA with back-lighting or using balanced automatic fill flash (if you want that…).

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