Welcome Home Casey !
Hello Casey, and a warm welcome to APUG! Give it time you will love film even more.
Welcome to APUG! The anticipation is part of the fun of film, I agree. BUT - just wait until you go from "not knowing" if you got the shot to *knowing* that you got it the moment the shutter fired. That is a real thrill.
Originally Posted by readysetgo
Welcome to APUG! I shoot both, actually I shoot everything I can get my hands on, and film for.
Both have their purpose. But I see it as film as a 5 star restaurant, and digital as McDonald's. If you are in a real hurry for a quick bite, McDonald's is the better choice. If you have the time to savor the experience, the 5 star restaurant leaves you with memories you won't soon forget.
Another person in another forum put it very eloquently. They had lost a loved one, and they said, "When I look at the image on the film, I see the light that actually touched him. It is there frozen in time, and a tangible moment of my loved one that I can hold in my hands".
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Casey - hello and welcome to APUG!!
Long live Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!!
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Hey, Wow, so much info...thank you
Originally Posted by andrew.roos
I'm beginning to get used to the idea of manual focus, it is not just the "can i do it" thing but how long will it take me but i guess practice makes perfect.
Light weight is great.
Thanks for the bit on who has used such camera this is reassuring...The FE2 s sounding like the one.
1) Do you know what battery(s) does the FE2 use? i have to make sure i have access to them.
2) Would i have to buy lenses 2nd hand or would any of the "new" lenses work?
3) what options would i have with flash?
Sorry to ask so much, i like to really research something before buying just to be sure.
Thanks again, from Casey.
welcome to apug !
... not knowing is a HUGE thing for me too, i love not having any idea ..
its as much fun as looking at film that was just processed for the first time with the lights on
or watching the image magically appear in the developer ..
film and paper are pretty cool
"The richness of the experience that occurs when one is exposed tangibly to a subject, material, or process is unmatchable in the abstract... Thus, when 'touch it,' 'taste it,' smell it' become the watchwords, the results are most often extraordinary. Equally extraordinary are the lengths to which people will go to avoid [that] experience."
— Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr., In Search of Excellence, 1982
Originally Posted by readysetgo
1. The FE2 uses two LR44 batteries. These are 1.5 Volt button cells, 11.4mm diameter and 5.2mm in height which are widely available - they are used in watches, calculators, etc.
2. Nikon still sells some manual focus lenses - see http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/list.htm#manual. However most photo shops won't stock them. You would either have to get them on special order, or mail order them from somewhere like bhphoto.com. Zeiss also makes a range of excellent manual focus lenses. The Zeiss "ZF" and "ZF2" lenses are designed for the Nikon F mount which the FE2 has (that's the "F" in "FE2"). Get the ZF2 lenses since they are optically identical to the ZF lenses but are also compatible with more modern Nikon cameras (see http://lenses.zeiss.com/photo/en_DE/...450.usage.html - you can click the icons under the pic to show info about the various lenses in the range). Also, current Nikon autofocus lenses will also work on the FE2 provided they have an aperture setting ring on the lens. Many of the recent lenses, with official names that end in "G" (e.g. Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G) don't have aperture rings. They rely on electronic aperture control by the camera body, which the FE2 does not support. However I would prefer manual focus lenses - they are cheaper (if purchased second hand), generally have a smoother manual focus action, and are usually smaller and lighter. Some of the more recent AF lenses also don't have good focus distance and depth of field markings, which are very helpful if you ever want to do landscape photography. If you want new and can afford it, get Zeiss ZF2 lenses. They're beautifully built and optically excellent. Otherwise second hand Nikon lenses from a trustworthy source like keh.com will do just fine.
3. The FE-2 will give TTL flash control with Nikon's last generation of flashes, the SB-600 and SB-800. AFAIK this won't work with the current SB-700 and SB-900 since they no longer support TTL, only i-TTL which is the digital camera equivalent. You should still be able to use these on manual, though I haven't tried it. The SB-600 is widely available on the used market and is a good, moderately priced flash - I have one.
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