Carl Zeiss 35mm (f/2), 50mm (f/2) and 85mm (f/1.4)

As promised, here is a review for a set of lens I’ve owned since 2011.

I didn’t buy them in one go mind you, it all started like all things when I had some spare cash from a recent an oversea business trip and decided to reward myself with something nice.

Always been a suckered for Carl Zeiss – the brand of lens that supposedly took magically photos when used, enchanting everything it was used on with its grace and elegance. I had never own any Zeiss prior to this and decided to pick up a focal length I would used often.

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Nikon F6 – a decade long review.

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I know this is an odd camera to be reviewing about since it is an old camera but not old enough that it isn’t still being made by Nikon.

Although word has it that it will be discontinued by the end of 2018.

I won’t be discussing about the image quality since that has more to do with the skill, film and lenses. All the body does is make taking photos possible.

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Scanning softwares (Silverfast 8, Epson scan) – Use it or not is entirely up to the workflow.

Whenever I have new developed film to scan, I would quickly fire up the Epson scan software that came bundled with my Epson V700, never giving another thought to it and proceed to scan my film.

Occasionally though I find myself thinking of using the other software that came bundled with the scanner as well – Silverfast 8 (actually, it was Silverfast 7, I was given a free upgrade to it when they offered a limited time upgrade for their bundled Silverfast 7). It is not that I haven’t tried it, but every time I have, the results were less than I had hoped.

Disclaimer: This is not a exhaustive review of Silverfast 8 – this is just to show why my film scanning workflow is setup to still use Epson scan instead of Silverfast. I know of many others online who have mastered Silverfast, and I do hope to eventually learn how to use Silverfast. 

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Cameras and battery life

One morning, I was out shooting with my Nikon fm3a, set to Aperture priority mode with a fast lens, on the first shot, the mirror went up, the shutter opened and stayed like that. Even when I knew from experience there was enough light to warrant a fast shutter time (at least 1/125).

This was troubling, but I quickly turned the knob on the shutter speed from ‘A’ to one of the fixed shutter speed and sure enough, the shutter and mirror closed normally. Upon setting it back to ‘A’ mode again and taking another photo, the camera performed as normal with no further incident

Over the next few days, this would happen on every first shot. I decided to investigate the problem.

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