I have now put a few rolls of 35mm film through my latest two new cameras. My initial impressions shooting with them are 100% positive.
The Nikon F6 is an absolute dream to use. In theory it is just an evolutionary step up from my F100 (mixed heartily with plenty of DNA from the F5), but it is noticeably nicer to shoot with in almost every single way.
However, I don’t have much film from it developed just yet so impressions on its metering, autofocus, etc. will have to wait.
The Rollei B 35 is an entirely different kind of camera, but has thrilled me just the same. I have found myself carrying it around with my nearly all the time at night and on the weekends when I am sporting my off-work cargo shorts.
I thoroughly enjoy setting the aperture, shutter speed, and focus distance completely manually. The Rollei doesn’t even have a rangefinder so I am honing my jedi mind tricks by thinking “Is that four or five feet away from me?” all the time.
The above shot is one of many that I like (most of which are in focus!) that came out of a roll of Ilford XP2 Super film. This is a 400 speed B&W film which is developed in color print film chemistry, so you can take it into your corner drug store to get it processed.