Gear Lust: Nikon D800 and Zeiss Ikon.

The cat photos were taken with an Olympus e300 volt, one of the first 4/3rds cameras. It tends to fight against you, but you can get some reasonable shots. I still occaisionally use it, but the standard cameras at present are a Nikon 3000 and a Voightlander Bessa T.

I’m in the process of playing with black and white film and some street photography with the Bessa: I’ve not been using the DSLR much in the last week or so. In addition, I’m back at work, whcih makes for an interesting week.

But there are two things that I would really like to get. One is an M-series film rangefinder, and the Zeiss Ikon and/or the Voightlander R3M are on the shopping list. Yes I would like a M6, but both the new options are cheaper, and to get a bespoke Leica M would cost… lots. I could get the Zeiss Distagon 15mm and the Sonnar 50mm and still have money left over.

(and yes, I’d go for the Sonnar. It may not be as easy to use, but I use film for more moody photos. If I want pin sharp… any electronic camera will do this.

But the other camera that I am wanting is the new Nikon D800. Ken has a review up. It would mean I’m finally moving to full size sensors, and that is more than big enough for me. If you look at the promotional material, it seems to be aimed at wedding photographers, where the extra pixels will allow greater quality when enlarged. It’s being criticized as bad in low light — but I have never used ISOs of 12,800. That is why a tripod is in the car, you have fast lenses, and you use long exposures. Besides, I tend to do landscapes, not sport, nor portraits. (I do the latter, but family pix ain’t shown here).

Well, I now know what I want to give myself for birthdays and Christmases for the next five years or so. Bodies first, then some lenses.


1. Ken was right. Amazon has sold out its pre orders of the d800
2. Cliff Mautner has some really nice shots taken with a pre order d800,
3. Ken is too late with his recommendation that you use the Voightlander f/2 40 mm lens with this as well as the 28-300mm VR. Adorama is out of both. Deep sigh. It will cost @ todays prices around $3 800 to get an 800 with the voightlander and an old manual zoom lens. (The great advantage of manual is that you can set the aperture without looking at the frigging menus). And most of this will be on wait list. And… most shopping sites say that it is unavailable… in the US and NZ.

Palm Cove

I really have only two shots of this as such, and they are far too touristy

However the reforestation of Northern Queensland is driving the Kangaroos into suburbia… the roo is a bit out of focus here (but is plainly visible).

Pictures I should annoy Ken Rockwell with.

There are a bunch of images that I took with the Bessa on the same roll of film that are frankly distordted. The colors are completly off. The saturation is nowrong. Now Ken says that he wants the most arresting image in a contest. And the dmage of the film actually made some good ones.

This is the first. It was a stadnard openin shot of the view from my home. But the tones are completely wrong, and the shot is under exposed…. I have scaled it and adjusted the contrast and brightness in GIMP.

During the period between Christmas and the New Year one of my sons and I went exploring. L lost a few shots of waterfalls — the film is a blur, but this wrecked shack is again an distorted, unbalanced, vintage image.

This final image is of Totara tress above Dunedin. I have not shrunk this as much, as I conside that it is a better shot than the one I put into the darn competition.

Technical: Bessa R with 35 mm Elmar F4.0 lens, Sensia film, cross processed and scanned.

Maniototo, December 2011 (damaged film)

These photos were taken on Sensia film camera. The day was quite fine: we were driving during a hot summer day into the Maniototo.

UNfortunately, I got the film jammed. To rescue these (and the next few posts, we had to force process the film and then scan it. I have not altered the colors because I like the effect.

Port Douglas

This collection is a little more touristy than usual… and occured before it started raining continuously in Northern Queensland. The Statue is a warm memorial.

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Have just returned from a Sunday drive with a broken Voightlander Bessa R: the film is stuck. Slightly annoying, to put it mildly.  I guess the risk in buying 20 year old rangefinders from secondary makers is that they can break.

These shots, however, were taken on the Nikon DLSR, and that darn thing is reliable. I was driving from Auckland to Wellington, and this is Ruapehu, the volcano in the middle of that island.