A couple of my recent purchases have rekindled my interest in 35mm film photography. Recently I bought a Nikon F6 so I had a body to use my Zeiss 15 2.8 and Leica R PC28 lenses. After using Leica M6 for years, using a SLR was almost treasonous to my Rangefinder roots. But the Nikon F6 is probably the closest thing to the perfect film camera ever made and I am really happy I now have one.
In recent years the majority of my film work has been in medium format, using a one of my two Hasselblad systems. Will always love the square 6×6 format, but at this moment in time the Nikon F6 has my full attention. Recently while facebook messaging Jason at Aperture Priority http://aperturepriority.co.nz/, he made me aware of the Pakon P135+, joined me to the fb group, while messaging I found one for sale online in USA and 5 days later it turned up.
Here it is setup on my desk. Luckily for me when it arrived I was in Singapore, my wife who is a IT whizz set it up for me and it was operational when I arrived home. Perfect scenario for me, even though she probably thinks I am to stupid or lack the patience to do it myself. She is certainly right regarding the patience aspect. There is so much written about these little scanners I won’t bore you here on the details but it is safe to say this is my type of work flow. You feed the uncut roll in the right hand side and it self feeds the roll through your 36 shots and rolls up into the tray in the front. Simple.
The shots that are included in this blog are from the first full roll that was scanned, without error messages and I am really happy with them. Have always resisted scanning myself because of the work flow required, but the Pakon makes it simple.
In addition to the Nikon F6 loaded with colour film, for November, I will be walking around with my Leica Monochrom for B&W. Have a 15mm and 28mm lens options for both camera systems so it should be fun. A couple more to finish.