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    Convert: Digital to Film

    Hi everyone

    I am a convert, going from digital back to film - digital just doesn't compete unless you spend lots of 1000's $$$ every year to keep up with technology, and even then it's a big DUNNO!
    I have invested in a Nikon F90X 35mm (love the viewfinder!) and a Hasselblad 500c/m (oldies but goodies).

    The Hassie is my first medium format. :|

    Any tips and tricks on how best to shoot in film with either camera would be soooo much appreciated. I mostly shoot fine art and contemporary portraits (on location not studio) and love B&W but shoot in colour 'only' if necessary.

    Thanks very much and kind regards
    Nicole

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    Hi and welcome. I think you'll find volumes of information among the threads here that should help you undertake your new direction with success. Best wishes for a happy and seamless immersion into the world of traditional photography.
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    welcome to APUG, i also use a 500cm, its a beautiful camera.
    What do you need to know, the manual is online here

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    For the Hassy, I'd recomend you get the Hasselblad Manual by Ernst Wildi.

    You'll also find some helpful pointers on The Hasselblad User Forum

    Welcome to APUG.

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    Welcome from Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA, as well... from another enraptured Hasselblad user.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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    Hello again Nicole, Fire away the questions and there's going to be plenty of people ready and able to supply the answers

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    I have been using hasselblads for years. Great cameras. Learn to use the square format, If you like shooting portaits you will love this camera. Just beware they do not take a beating very well.
    georgeg

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    Hi Nicole, and welcome. Judging by the pictures you have posted in the gallery, you're not doing so bad!

    What kind of 'tips and tricks' are you looking for?

    Best,
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    WOW, thank you all for such a warm welcome!

    OK, my first big mistake: I took my F90X (still working through the manual) to a shoot and forgot to change the ISO settings (eeek!) Film B&W TMax 400 but forgot ISO setting was at 1600. Now that could produce some 'artistic' results but in this case not a good thing. I was with another photographer who insisted I shoot in "P" mode (I always shoot on manual and so was thrown off balance here). I raised my concern - but didn't check the ISO. Silly me assumed in 'P' mode everything would be automatic, including ISO settings. I went along with this person's experience, since he has alot more than me. Now I'm panicking over the results that I won't get until next week from the lab.

    Well, first experience back in film and certainly have learnt a lesson. Don't rely on others, always do your own checking - and no matter how experienced the other may be - pipe up!!! And... get to know your equipment!!! Stuff everyone knows of course

    I might have to return to flying!!! (I studied for my commercial pilot licence with aerobatics and formation flying, before I got bored with it as it was not creative enough! So I got lost in the business world for a few years not knowing what to do before discovering my passion for photography Flying around Papua New Guinea was the most exciting part - should have had a camera back then!!!

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    If you still have time, you could call the lab and see if they can push and pull film. Ask them to push your film 2 stops, your shots might be a little grainier, but it's better than getting back negs that are 2 stops underexposed! -Grant

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