So I was looking for a camera strap for my work camera, deep in the dark depths of the old dark room.
Its really funny. The dark rooms. Most newspaper buildings that havent been built in the past 10 years have them. They always become this jungle. Time stands still there. It is the last remaining vestige of a time in photography.
Huge body Nikon film 6006’s with 8 inch tall digital backs thrown into a box over in this corner. Huge battery packs in another. Key word here is huge. Negative sleeves and assignment envelopes stashed everywhere.
I eventually found a nicer strap than I originally had, with a quick release option…. and I also snagged another find.
I saw this Nikon F4 and just had to grab it. Old and abused. No body cap. It took some tender loving care before I could put a lens on it.
The lens that I paired with it was a 14mm f/2.8 fisheye that also took some TLC. I had to unscrew a couple pieces of metal and bend them so they would not stop the mirror from staying in the upright position.
Long story short, I am going to be playing around with this new toy for awhile taking advantage of and getting ripped off by the few places that still develop film in this town.
Im not sure what it is, but when I shoot my Canon for work, its cold, its work, its like a business relationship. When I shoot a Nikon its my friend. Its comfortable, familiar and it gives me love back in the form of nice images. So as long as my trusty Nikky is in the shop for a broken shutter, then I will turn to this F4 for my after work camera.