Firstly, let it be said that the Nikon F2 is one hell of a heavy camera. It’s a solid metal, fully manual, mechanical beast of a camera. John told a photographer who approached him whilst we were Walking the Fish, that it is a tad cumbersome and received a strange look in return. John always gets approached by these type of guys. Maybe he looks like he knows what he’s doing with these old cameras? Not bad for a guy who hates photography.
Before the strange look, the photographer was complementing him saying something to the effect of, “It’s good to see people with real cameras on the street,” and probably held us in high regard until hearing of our plight. What we didn’t realise is the status of the Millenium Edition Nikon FM2 he was holding. Had we known what the little dragon logo meant we probably would have bowed down and sucked his toes.
John picked up some Kodak TX (Tri-X) 400 black and white film to put through the F2 on a trip we took down my parent’s cabin at Apollo Bay. He took a couple of nice textural shots of some rainforest ferns and weathered rocks but I’ll leave them for him to post. I took a few with the behemoth and got some nice results – they are as follows.