Since my photography school I’ve always been a Nikon fan. Of course I know a good photograph is made by the person behind the camera and the latter simply is tool.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my Olympus kit like I love my Bronica ETRSi kit. Different camera’s, different ways of looking, working, composing. Another camera, another way of looking at the world.
Sometimes I simply like to be kind of lazy. Compose, decide on an aperture opening and shoot. Everything else is in the hands of the camera.
Once again don’t ask me why but I wanted more. Maybe it is about proving myself I can. Maybe it is about old dreams, unreachable back then but quite possible today.
For weeks I have been searching and finally found what could become my next Best Friend.
I bought a Nikon F5 at PTCollectibles, a company that deals with 2nd hand camera equipment. They give a 6 month warranty and after being fucked over a few times last year I needed to deal with someone I could/can trust.
The camera looks fine and only a few small traces suggest it has been used before.
Made a few shots with the camera, outside and then inside, with my Jinbei studio flash set. Used different lenses, AI-s, G, non-CPU and did not experience any problems. Developed the film just to check. Every shot made a good negative and I’m sure they’ll come out well scanned. Nothing artsy, just checking the camera. The light-metering in the F5 was legendary and tuned for slide film.
I like how the camera feels, very balanced in my hand, usage very intuitive. The sound of 8 fps extremely sexy.
Yes, I love my Olympus analogue kit and it is very complete. A few primes, a few zoom lenses, a flash, and 4 camera’s. They feel great and using them a soothing experience. This set is about creating, thinking, measuring and composing.
With the F5 though I feel the rough power, the technical possibilities and they are fueling my creativity already.
Street photography and extreme macro are a few subjects that come to mind. Simply having the camera around here, when I tie up Sweetheart. I want to shoot a dozen Shibari images for an exposition I want to do in our club in Antwerp.