Last year I found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands and fell back into photography. It started out simply enough with picking up an old camera that had some film in it and thought I might as well finish that roll off… That sent me down the path back into film photography.
I had some old film kicking around and developing was relatively cheap so I kept at it. I was having fun and soon started looking around for some different cameras to use. I had this idea to shoot film on whatever camera I could find and see what happens. A simple enough approach that would yield some unusual results.
At some point in the summer I stumbled upon this little Nikon in a thrift shop. It looked funky enough and had a big time 80’s vibe to it. I snapped it up for $8 and was on my way, not knowing if it was going to work or not. I got home and put in a couple of batteries and the thing came to life! Awesome. Around this time I googled what it was and found out it, or a variation of it is a somewhat coveted street photography camera and was selling for more than I would be comfortable paying on eBay. It turns out the Nikon AF is the more desirable one and this was its sibling with the ‘D’ attached to it for date stamping your photos. Luckily that does NOT work and I will never even try to fix that!
It is a compact, plastic auto focus 35mm camera. I believe I read that it was Nikon’s first auto focus camera. Someone correct me if I am wrong about that. It works well enough, fits in my pocket and looks pretty damn cool.
It was time to test this camera out. So with the mindset that this was an old camera I figured I would throw in a roll of this old Japan Camera Colour film that I had found. I went for a walk in my neighbourhood and snapped away free from any thoughts of f-stops or apertures or focusing. Just point and shoot. Easy peasy, away you go!
Processing and scans done by the fine folks at Labworks. I must note that this was my first roll of really old random film and quite a bit of the photos were underexposed giving them a somewhat weak look with some extreme colour shifts. I have learned that you must overexpose older film as it loses its sensitivity over time!
Keep shooting film,
Jeremy Shane Reid