I’m a late starter in photography. Only 2 years ago that I have my first ever real camera – the Yashica 35 GSN.
I have always interested in photography in general but never had time in university. After graduation I got my first job and started to explore different hobbies.
And I want to learn the most basics so I thought let start with a film camera. It’s the easiest way to learn aperture/iso/exposure without going straight to a DSLR with the Auto magic button. And I found myself falling in love with rangefinder cameras and Kodak Ektar 100.
It taught me to slow down, to think before each shots and be very selective when I shot. My friends would joke that I took forever to finish a role of film.
Then one day I stumbled on an Epson RD1s with a Nokton 40 f1.4. I jumped in right away knowing how closely it is to my Yashica and will be such an improvement in image quality. And I’m in love ever since.
The picture with the title Lookout was taken with the Nokton at f1.4 of my girlfriend before I left back to my country across the ocean. (we still live in different countries now and maintain a long distance relationship). Black and White conversion was done in Lightroom with minimal adjustment.
After that I stumbled to your blog and decided to give the 35 summicron a try. The next two pictures were taken with it.
The invisible woman picture was taken when I was walking the street of Vancouver. The man reminded me of myself when his wife/girlfriend wasn’t there but in the painting.
The last one was taken in the British Museum when I came to visit the HCB’s display in their photography section.
Conversion to BW was done in Silver Flex plugin. And thanks to you that I know of it.
And talking about the Epson Rd1s, in my personal opinion it never disappoints me at ISO 1600 and i think it’s a better shooter than the M8 and more like the baby brother of the M9. The best thing is 3 controls I need the most (ISO/Exposure/Aperture) are laid out without the need for using the LCD. In fact I shoot with the screen flipped in most of the time, turn off picture review to save battery.
I think I will stick with this combo a long time (until the camera stops working).
The 35 summicron is a bless with its tiny size and remains razor-sharp at all stops (more like a 50mm on the 1.5 crop of the Rd1s). It surely is one of the best lenses ever made. I’m sure others can look at your review and see for themselves.
Now I’m just reading a lot of books that I can borrow from the library to improve my techniques and understand the history. Also reading blogs from you and other street photographers are inspirations to me.
I try to carry my camera on the way to work and back so I can practice and enjoy it daily.
Here is my flikr: