Shot my first roll with the Nikon 8008S and Nikkor AF 28-85mm lens and got the scans back (really quickly!). I loaded the camera with one of my many rolls of expired Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 (this one was probably 15 to 20 years old!). I knew the colors would be all weird, maybe even “bad” so this seemed like a good roll to shoot first, just in case the camera didn’t work right.
Ultimately, this was just to test the camera to make sure it was working properly. I took a six mile walk through the neighborhood to try it out. I switched between the various metering settings and shooting modes. Did the suggested shutter speed change appropriately when I switched from spot metering to matrix? Yes. Did the auto focus and AF-lock work? Yes. All seemed well. And that auto focus was quick and accurate. Really quick. Too quick in one case.
Also of note is that auto focus is disabled when using the macro setting on the lens. So I was really lucky to not have moved even a millimeter after getting the focus set using it. Go me! I was pretty sure half of those would have been botched.
The colors were a little weird, but I like it. I ran the scans through Lightroom to do some minor adjustments like white balance (they had a slight green tint going on that was not fantastic) and a little contrast and shadow adjustments. Just wanted to clean them up a bit.
Anyway, here are the shots.
The camera worked great. I am super excited to shoot with it at the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which gets underway ON THURSDAY! In bringing film to previous races, the cameras were obviously film cameras and other photogs were all like “Cool. Film!” This camera looks like it could maybe be a modern mirrorless, but not quite. I’m expecting questions.
I may just plop it down on the desk at the first track meeting on Thursday to let these folks with five cameras and $10,000+ lenses know that I mean business. This rig and the film cost me less than $100 and I’m gonna take better pictures than you. I’m taking no prisoners this year. I think I tried too hard last year to do certain things and missed out on some really amazing shots. I mean, I’m really happy with my shots from last year, but I felt like there were better pictures left on the table (or track).
Ok, enough of my ego.
I’m bringing three rolls with me: a very less but still expired Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 (from a batch I know to be better but still a little funky), Kodak Ektar 100, and Fuji Pro 400H (which is a new one for me but came highly recommended and I liked the sample pics I saw of it).
I’m sooooooooo excited!