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Any still use their old Nikon Film Cameras

Michael Scott R , Jun 14, 2011; 12:14 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago, while getting ready for a trip to New York with my wife for our anniversary, I was getting my photo gear together and planning the trip when I came across my old camera bag. It was in the very back of my closet and I pulled it out and set it on the table while I dug some other stuff out. My wife came in and said, "Hey isn't that your old camera gear" I said yea but I haven't used it in many years. She asked me why not. I went into this long dissertation of how everything was digital now and film was old and no one used it anymore etc. etc... She just listened to me and walked off with a smile on her face like she knew something I didn't. So I continue my getting ready regiment when finally that old camera bag got the best of me... I opened it up and there in all of it's pre-digital days of glory was my old Nikon N6006...
I took it out and played with it thinking of the many hours I spent using this camera and learning the craft, then one day all of sudden it was retired for a new whiz bang D1 digital camera. Well in this bag was a 35mm AF Nikon lens, a 50mm e Nikon lens, a 24mm sigma, a sunpak flash and several colored filters and a Sigma 28-200 lens. I tried to turn it on, but there were no batteries in it... I looked around in the bottom of the bag and found two Duracell batteries and I promptly loaded them in the camera and turned it on and to my surprise the N6006 came to life. The camera still had a roll of Tmax in it, with a couple more rolls in the bottom of the bag. I re-wound the film after finally remembering how to rewind the film. I then thought let me take this camera out and give it a run through. I loaded one of the old rolls of Tmax and went out to my yard and started shooting. I shot my wife's flowers, our shih-zu dog and a very large yard lizard dining on a insect of some type.
I went to my local pro lab and had them develop the film including the one that was still in the camera. I have to tell you, I had a lot of fun with that old Nikon N6006 film camera, so much so I took it and only it to New York the following weekend for our trip. I left my Nikon D3s home and I did not miss it a bit.
I really had a whole lot of fun with that old Nikon N6006. Here is my flickr site I set up just for his camera and the pictures I took with it. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I think more people should break out their old Film cames and give it a try. I think you will find like myself that the fun is still there. Now I know what that smile on my wife was all about that day, I pulled my old camera out of the back of the closet.
Oh the pictures in the camera were of my son playing baseball when he was in middle school, he is now in his third year at Central Florida University, that is how long it has been since I used that old N6006.


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Bob Sunley , Jun 14, 2011; 12:35 a.m.

You have a modern Nikon film camera. :) Except for an F3HP, which is new to me last year, all my 35mm cameras are Nikon F's and a couple of Nikkormat FTNs.
No digital SLR's here. :)

Michael Chang , Jun 14, 2011; 12:37 a.m.

I occasionally dust off my FM and N8008 just for fun but always as a companion with the digital on outings.

To me, old cameras are like old cars we keep for nostalgia; good for occasional weekend fun but totally impractical as daily drivers.

Carlos Rodriguez , Jun 14, 2011; 12:48 a.m.

I frequently use film (besides digital). I use a F100, n80 and n55. One for slide, one for negative, and one for special film (bw, high ISO) I also use a Yashica Mat 124 and Mamiya M645.

Michael Scott R , Jun 14, 2011; 12:57 a.m.

Yea I guess you are right Sunley, it is new compared to the F3HP, still pretty old in my book though... I think I am going to look for an old Nikon Manual body camera to play around with next. I use to have an old Nikon FG... who knows???

Craig Dickson , Jun 14, 2011; 12:58 a.m.

Congrats on re-discovering your film camera.

There are a number of us around here that are still shooting film cameras, Nikon and otherwise. The Classic Manual Cameras and Modern Film Cameras forums are all about it.

Cory Ammerman , Jun 14, 2011; 12:59 a.m.

I recently picked up an N2000 for dirt cheap so that I could shoot some film with my old manual focus Nikkors. Not long after that, I picked up an older Nikomat for even less money. I don't shoot a lot of film since I don't have a lot of available funds for developing costs, but I enjoy shooting film every now and then because it makes me slow down and think about what I'm doing. There's something to be said for being limited to 24 or 36 frames. You tend to try to make them all count.

Lilly W , Jun 14, 2011; 01:02 a.m.

'I think more people should break out their old Film cameras...' Perhaps fewer people should relegate them to the depths of a closet in the first place? ;)

Film is alive and quite well here. Just finished a roll of TRI-X in the F100, an FE2 has Pan F Plus, the F2SB is midway through a roll of TRI-X and I just gave away as a birthday present a beautiful, black FM2n and 28/2.8 AIS loaded with HP5 Plus. Sover Wong, master of F2 repairs, announced in recent months that he has replacement resistor rings for the DP-3 (F2SB) and DP-12 (F2AS) prisms so mine have been seeing more action as I use those bodies with impunity! Amongst casual conversations over the past couple years I have noticed more people taking a break from their digital bodies, and associated tasks(!), to burn film. More than one person has remarked that the experience is liberating. No argument here.

Mike Gammill , Jun 14, 2011; 01:09 a.m.

I still use a Nikon FE2.

Brooks Gelfand , Jun 14, 2011; 01:13 a.m.

The camera I normally shoot is an F100. I print black and white in my darkroom. I have the color negative film developed, scan it on a CoolScan V, and post process in CS5.

One of these days I may purchase a DSLR. Until then, it is the F100, a Bronica S2A, and for digital, a point and shoot Canon PowerShot Pro 1 for digital. Oh, yes and my old Ziess Contaflex IV if I feel nostalgic.

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