NIKON D610

Had a light of inspiration to do astro-photography again, it was what started my while photography phase! Bought a Nikon D610 off a bloke who has been a professional photographer for many years. Surprisingly he bought it second hand from Ted’s camera and got lucky with a low shutter count. (under 2,000 clicks) It was a hard choice between this or the D7100/D7200/D600/D700/D750/D3/D800/Fujifilm cameras below are my following thoughts and why it led me to choose the D610 over the others.

  • Nikon D7100 – ASPC, yes they’re quite good but I wanted full-frame for Astro. All the ones I had seen had high shutter count as well, seen used for $500.
  • Nikon D7200 – Same opinion as above. These were selling for around $800 used. Low shutter count, but I didn’t believe it would’ve fair well for Astro.
  • Nikon D600 – potentially oil issue or dust issue, with Nikon ending their free cleaning or shutter replacement in early 2020, I did not want to risk buying one with the potential problem. They seem to be selling for around $500 used.
  • Nikon D700 – High shutter count and old. This was selling for around $700 used. Might purchase this one later, to see whats all the fuss with the color reproduction. Judging from the sample images, it gives a film like aesthetics.
  • Nikon D750 – This one was a hard thought. had a flippy screen which would’ve been handy for Astro, but couldn’t justify paying $1,000+ for Astro which I could just CBF in a few months’ time.
  • Nikon D3 – All workhorse, it was too big and hefty. This was also around the $1,000 tag.
  • Nikon D800 – around the $1,000, also high shutter. I was worried about the pixel count. High pixel is good but would’ve eaten up my harddrive space.
  • Fujifilm – Wanted an XT1/2/3 or even the Pro1/2/3. Since I already have a few Nikon film cameras, I wanted to continue the Nikon camera portfolio instead of creating a new portfolio for the Fujifilm system. This was a hard choice, I love the Fuji film camera filters, but it was not enough to justify to start a Fujifilm portfolio.

Ultimately, I could’ve purchased any of the listed cameras above if it was an absolute bargain, but I opt for the D610 since it had a low shutter count and a good price tag, majority of the D610 I’ve seen were around $750 with at least 14,000 shutter count

After the first night of Astrophotography, having no flippy screen was annoying, but was not as annoying as I would have thought. So far, it’s not bad,  but I wouldnt mind getting my hands on a D700 next.

SR20DET

I have only owned inline 6 cylinder cars, engine was always smooth regardless of sport or economical cars. Power was there when needed and the car drives effortlessly.  All this time, I regard 4 cylinders as a family, eco friendly, efficient and powerless engine. Oh boy I was so wrong. As I sat in the seat and let my eyes get sucked in into my very own eye sockets, as my mate wanted to ‘shake down’ the car, I could feel the my body getting left behind as the car moves and roars down the road. This is the power of an SR20DET, a 4 cylinder expectations destroyer.

Do I Need It?

Those four words orbit in my head more times than the moon orbits the earth. This is asked for such thing as; mini pocket computers (vintage tech), screwdriver set, pressure washer, air compressor, Toyota Mark 2, Toyota Chaser, a shirt of Grailed, Sony head unit for my Skyline, new laptop, a light bar for when work inside a car, a portable light bar for hard to reach spots or a laptop stand.

Expanding on Marie Kondo’s words “Does it spark Joy?” I have been asking my self; is it cost efficient? Will I use it more than once? is it a decoration?

  1. Mini pocket computers (vintage tech)  – $300, not cost efficient, probably will use it for the LOLs a few times before tossing aside and forgotten, yes it is a decoration. So, therefore a maybe, but most likely a no.
  2. Screwdriver set – $200, I do not have a set and have been working on my cars, ill definitely use It more than once /but I will probably stop using it after fixing my car/, it is not a decoration. This is a maybe, cause this screwdriver set is for life, as in I purchase it once for my lifetime.
  3. Pressure washer – $200, use it once. most likely a no.
  4. Air compressor – $200, use it to clean engine bay and clean car, most likely a no because ill most stop using it once the car is restored.
  5. Toyota Mark 2 or Toyota Chaser – $15,000 a four-door Toyota car with a sick as sports engine known as the 1jz, as of now I have three cars and this will be my forth, but ill most likely get rid of one before buying this, I will definitely use it more than once, definitely a decoration. Nice to have it as weekend car, something that has 4 doors so I can drive mates around which I rarely do. But it is nice to own a weekend car with everything functional. This would be a hard think maybe.
  6. A shirt off Grailed = $100, yes ill probs wear it often, hard yes on decoration. Depends on my cash flow. Probably a yes if I had the money.
  7. Sony head unit for my Skyline – $500, I would use it every time I drive the car, which is probably twice a month, I already have a functioning head unit, decoration no, but luxury-ation (luxury justification) is for Apple Carplay, the head unit sits to low so hence why it is a maybe buy for me.
  8. New laptop – $1500, i already have a perfectly fine laptop, would definitely use it more than once, not a decoration. Will not buy, don’t have the money.
  9. Light bar &  portable light bar – $200 refer to number 4 comments.

Despite myself rationalising these things, they still float in my head. Some of them will be a ‘hard’ no once my car is done, so of them will a ‘yes’ if cash flow is free.

 

NIKON F3

The mighty Nikon F3. Purchased this in Japan in 2016 for about $450 AUD. Never really used it until now, currently doesnt mount anything atm but if it does than its the Nikon 17-35 F2.8. $450 is a bit of a steep price, but i wanted a minty condition one here are some juicy pictures.

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Nikon F3 was the third of professional series of film cameras from Nikon. Immediately youll notice is its size, majority of the professional cameras these days or the F4 / D1 onwards are massive. One gripe I have with the camera is the lack of grip, doesnt fit as comfortably as the F5 or my D810.

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Birds eye view of the camera. This is the very definition of function and then form. As basic as it can get.

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Rear back plate, has a slot for the ISO cards.

Thanks for looking, hope you guys enjoyed the juicy pictures. 🙂

CONTAX T2

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I have recently acquired a Contax T2, a Gold Contax T2 one to be exact. Managed to pick it up for $750 AUD, we is very cheap (in my books) for a boxed minty condition Contax T2. I have seen them floating around from the $700-800 mark for just the camera itself. Long story short, the girl who sold this to me needed the money to meet ends, she originally purchased it in Japan For $1,100. Funny enough there is still the price tag inside it saying $130,000YEN, which translate to about $1,500 back in the days.

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Another picture of the Contax T2 with all the goodies, comes with a gold data back and a carry cover (which is not in the picture). Cosmetically you can see its in good nick.

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The camera itself consums 1 x CR123 Battery, little stubby batteries which are around $10 at JB HI FI / WOOLWORTH. Not sure how many rolls it would last before changing batteries again.

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A few scuffs here and there, but otherwise its in good shape. The previous order said the data back wasnt working, after changing the battery CR2025 (According to the manual, the battery should last several years before running dry) it seems to be working fine. Unfortunately it prints the dates and time on the film frame itself, I much rather it was printed in between frames.

I hope you guys enjoyed the juicy pictures, ill most likely run a few rolls in this beauty before boxing it up again and most likely sell it down the track. This was more of an investment purchase, prices will most likely hike up in the near future. You can thank the CL and Kendal Jenner for the price hikes, these were floating for around $400 – $600 last year until they became an accessory.

WISH LIST CHRISTMAS 2017

HEY GUYS.

Christmas wish list:

Nikon D810: Yes, all the filmgasm I’ve getting and liking the aesthetic etc. I still want a happy snap camera, or basically when I cbf and shoot a lot without worrying about wasting film. Choose this over a mirrorless because i already have a Nikon lenses and when i was test walking around with the Sony A9 with the 70 – 200 F2.8, no one cared about it. From that moment on, mirrorless was irrelevant to me. I purchased the others for light weight or small/stealthy for street photog, but no one cared who big a camera was or what ever.

Nikon F6: FILM with autofocus, as I much as i like the F3, when i do model shoots (once) i would love some autofocus for the that 100% sharp.

Nikon 24 – 70 F2.8: Creme of the crop, It’ll cost quite a bit but itll save me money. instead of buying a shit load of prime lenses like before, get a good zoom and set.

Nikon 70 – 200 F2.8: For sports, cars, stop motion.

FILM vs DIGITAL

WHY FILM?

As cliche as it sounds, film makes me a better photographer. Every photo is composed, every photo has thought with it. Every frame counts, as I’m sinking in $ into each film roll, every time its developed and paying off the scanner i bought every time i scan.

I also love the aesthetics of film, its imperfection is what makes it perfect. In saying that, i don’t think i ever had a tact sharp image, not the kind of crisp sharp on the DSLR.

 

WOULD I EVER GO BACK TO DIGITAL?

Yes, in fact as of right now I’m thinking of getting a D810 or D800. As much as i love film, its convenient to have a digital. Those lazy days when I can’t be ass’d manual focusing on film is those days i use digital. I believe having a combination of both digital and film will make me a better photographer, shooting on film will discipline my composure, and ill be able to translate that into digital.

 

GEAR I’M ROCKING?

Right now, Nikon F3 with a Nikon 17 – 35 F2.8 and also a Leica M6 with a Voigtlander 50 F1.5 (also soon to be sold Voigtlander 21 F4 & Voigtlander 15mm F4.5. Going forward, might pick upa F6 or if there is any application, a Hasselblad 500CM.

Few snaps from the Leica when i was over in Japan.

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