5 Frames… From my first roll of film for 20 years: Kodak Ektar 100 (EI 100 / 35mm / Nikon F3) – by Chris Pickett

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My first foray into film for over 20 years. My father had owned a Nikon F3 and back in those days I had gone down the Canon AF route, but do you know I always hankered after my Dad’s camera, only ever managing to borrow it once for a day out in Brighton – it was a love affair for sure.

Fast forward some, oh 24 years, I had been shooting digitally with Nikon equipment for over a decade and had a nice collection of toys, but something was missing. Shooting film was that something. I used to love the whole experience, it had a tactility of its own which was absent from digital somewhat. Kind of akin to spinning a vinyl record compared to selecting your MP3 track.

I missed the loading, the shooting, the feel of the crank lever as you wound on a new frame and then of course the developing and printing process too, or even the anticipation if you shipped a film off. So I set about rectifying that, found a Nikon F3 in Japan which was as new and shipped it in, coupled the pair and thought about film stock.

I had read good thoughts about Kodak Ektar, I’m was always a mono guy because of having my own darkroom but thought I would run some colour film for a change. So my fiancee and I hit the beach at Tankerton in Kent on a very horrible day to give the camera some time and I was really quite pleased.

Completely flat light, terrible weather and quite possibly, ILFORD HP5 PLUS would have been a better choice for this. I enjoyed it nevertheless, it was great to be out and even greater to be shooting film again. I took in some of the beach huts, indeed sheltered there too for a while and explored a little bit of the coastline I had not spend much time on. The camera/lens/film combination performed really well, I did ok too, all things considered, and I came home with some reasonable images.

~ Chris

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6 thoughts on “5 Frames… From my first roll of film for 20 years: Kodak Ektar 100 (EI 100 / 35mm / Nikon F3) – by Chris Pickett”

  1. The flat light has its own unique characteristics. Even in the light you were working in, the film produces nice color & tone.
    I feel in love w/your seaside huts. Watched a diy show over here in Connecticut from the UK. I want to build one! Look so cool.
    Nice pics. Who got the cider/ale(?) and who got the hot drink?!


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