New black and white films to get excited about

I’ve promised myself that this year I would improve my film skills whether it is shooting or developing. I’ve been shooting more film but I’m yet to develop any of my own films.

The exciting part of shooting film is trying out various films to see which ones suit me best. To start with I bought a load of Ilford HP5 400 rolls but I’m quite excited about some new that are about to hit the market.

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The first one is the BERGGER Pancro400.  It is a new ISO 400 black and white film that’ll be available as sheet film and as 120 and 35mm rolls. BERGGER Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film, composed with silver bromide and silver iodide. They differ by the size of their grain. These properties allow a wide exposure latitude. This film can be purchased from the BERGGER site.

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The other film being Ferrania P30 a black and white 35mm film. Ferrania P30 ALPHA is an ISO 80 panchromatic black-and-white motion picture film that’s packaged for still photography.

To be released in a limited “ALPHA” edition, Ferrania P30 ALPHA is a recreation of the same film stock that Ferrania popularized around the world over half a century ago. This new version, however, is a recreation made using modern techniques by the company’s scientists.

You can pre-order FERRANIA P30 ALPHA from mid-February 2017 through the company’s online store. It really can’t wait to use these.

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Review of the Cokin graduted ND Filters

As I shoot mainly landscapes, filters are my best friends. As you can imagine I have a couple that I use constantly. The polarizing filter and the UV filters. As you add more lenses to your collections buying individual filters become expensive (even though I personally prefer them. Just clumsy of nature). I went for the filter kit purchased on Amazon for 30.94 pounds. Not bad compared to Lee filters.

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Finally got my camera back from Nikon after repair (a long story to be explained on a later date). What else to do other testing both the camera and the filters.

After work, I set out to London Bridge especially for this. I had already purchased the 67mm adaptor for the kit which very easy to put together. However, after 20 minutes of use the filter started to slide in the holder. That’s new to me as this is not meant to happen no matter the value of the kit.

Tia problem have been reported by many. It’s the purple hue the filter leaves on images when used with other filters. I use a polarising filter so I stacked the two.

It says graduated filters (no brainer) but there’s absolutely nothing graduated about the effect it adds to images. You have a harsh blue line in the middle of the image where the tint fades which gets darker as you go up. At the top corners of the image, there’s also a dark blue/purple hue that’s left behind. Not at all what should be present when using any filters.

Image taken using the Cokin graduated filter. Effect of
Image taken using the Cokin graduated filter. Effect of the Cokin graduated filter when used with the polarising filter

Any one used the Lee filters? What are your thought on them? Drop me a line and let me know…..

Items I’d like to add to my kit

Hope everyone had a good week so far.
I’ve been searching for an all purpose lens for a while. As you may know, I am one of those people that  will do with whatever lens on hand. But I’ve been looking for an all purpose for a while. However, the prices were not very attractive but I knew sooner or later I will have to invest in one.
After reading countless reviews here are the lenses I’ve come across that I may get at the moment

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens

This lens is currently on Amazon for 559.99 pounds

Key Features

  • A zoom lens offering a high zoom ratio with magnification of 11.1x
  • Focal Length: 18-200mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22-32
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  • E quipped with a zoom lock switch
  • E quipped with a compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II)
  • Two focus modes available – M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus)
More information available here.
The Second Option

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR currently available on Amazon for 700.00 pounds

Key Features

  • DX format 16.7x zoom lens with versatile 18-300mm focal length
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22-32
  • Maximum focus distance: 300 mm focal length: 0.45 m (1.48 ft) from focal plane
  • Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilization system enables more flexible hand-held shooting and lets you use shutter speeds that are up to 4 stops slower.
  • Maximum aperture of f/5.6 at the telephoto end of the range.
  • Zoom-lock switch keeps the lens secure when not in use.
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements blend together smoothly.
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, whisper-quiet autofocus.
 
 
Last but not least some Neural Density Filters.
I’ve been researching this for a while. After reading too many reviews I’ve settled on Cokin ND Filters both Graduated and Full ND because they seem to deliver and they are wallet friendly too.
I will be going for the square filters with adaptors.
Items II’ll probably start with the filters first.
Cokin Full ND Filter
xxPamelaxx

Fujifilm X10 & X100s – Worth the buy or a waste?

Shopping for a birthday gift last week I came accross the Fujiflim X10 which had been reduced.I’ve been looking for a compact camere for as long as I can remember. What made me lose sleep over this camera is that it’s only function is MANUAL.

Why just Manual function?
 
We all know that I am a control freak so the manual function is great for me. Without all the other shooting modes, you then have more space for other things.

Fujifilm X10 specifications

 

  • 12MP 2/3 EXR CMOS sensor
  • 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-F2.8 lens
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Manual control
  • Raw shooting
  • Continuous shooting up to 7fps at full resolution
Price: £320.00

Additional specifications to the Fujifilm X100s 

 

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection autofocus
  • Full HD 1080/60fps movie records
  • Socket for electronic remote release/stereo microphone
Price: £1,049.00

Which would you go for?

 

5 great compact cameras for professional photographers

I am one of those people that logs their SL everywhere I go. However, I noticed it has put a serious strain on my handbags. I mean tear on the lining and a very noticeable tear on the outside too. So I started to think.

Are DSLRs too heavy for everyday?

For me, I must admit that my Nikon D7000 is too heavy to carry everyday. I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of Compact cameras as I still think of them as in the old days. One setting, one saturation, no control over your work etc….. Those days have changed.
With modern technology, we now have some amazing compact on the market that can easily rival DSLRs.

Can certain compact cameras rival DSLRs? 

I am the first person to say that equipments does not equal great photography. Think about certain moments you wish you could a camera any camera with you. The idea is to have a compact camera that allows to you to take Raw images.
1 – Sony Cybershot D-RX100. See review a brief review here.

2 – Nikon Coolpix P7700
Often compared to the Canon G12 due to their similar features. Highly recommended by DP and its key features are:
  • 12.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor
  • Raw mode
  • F2-4 zoom lens with VR
  • ISO 80 – 1600
  • 3in 921k-dot rotating LCD screen
  • Full HD, 1080p mobie recording with stereo sound
  • 330 shot battery life
3 – Sony NEX compact
Not intended to be professionals second camera but it has the potential to be. Available in NEX-5 and NEX-3. Completely identical internal features but the NEX-5 has a slightly smaller magnesium alloy body, Infrared remove receiver and 1080i ACVCHD for recording movies. The major feature on both models are the Interchangeable lenses. More info on theses cameras here.
 
The E-Mount lenses available are:
  • Wide fixed focal length CZ
  • Telephoto zoom
  • Macro
  • Portrait
  • High performance standard zoom G
  • Wide zoom
  • Mid-telephoto

4 – Fujifilm X100

Very biased on this choice as I am in love with this compact camera (especially for me). Previously reviewed here. Named the professional compact camera, this compact has a lot to offer everyone.
  • Hybrid viewfinder
  • APS-C size 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • An EXR processor to achieve the highest image quality
  • File format includes JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG
  • Aperture: F2 – F16 1/3EV step
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200 – 6400 ISO Auto also available
  • Continuous Shooting: 5/3 frames per second
  • Exposure control: TTL 256-zones meetering, Multi/Spot/Average
  • Exposure mode: P/S/A/M
  • Shutter Speed: (P mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000*sec., (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000*sec. Bulb (max. 60min.)
5 – Last but not least Leica M6
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This particular compact does not have any other mode other than Manual. Takes all the gadgets and puts the creativity back into photography. This is why I love this camera.
 
  • Image Sensor: Leica Max24 MP CMOS sensor
  • Effective Pixels: 24 million pixels
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200 – ISO 3200, Auto ISO also available
  • LCD Monitor: 3″TFT Display with 920,000 pixels, scratch resistant cover glass
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s – 60s (in Bulb)
  • File Format: RAW, JPEG
  • Movie Resolution: 1080p, 720p
  • Exposure Metering: TTL metering
 
Great weekend everybody xxx

Lack of Update

Sorry for my lack of update during the past few days. I took advantage of the long weekend to move. Am still logging my crap from Old to New.

And my provider giving me until 17th of April to put in my new line doesn’t help. Feel like am living in the Stone Age.

Hope everyone is had a great start to the week.

xx Pammy xx