I probably could’ve looked this up somewhere on the internets, and I did, in the end, but I was curious how the FG handled frames 00 and 0.

The LC-A meters and exposes them exactly as it does for every other frame on the roll, resulting in regularly achieving 39 or 40 exposures on a 36 exposure roll.

The FG, on the other hand, and like many of its siblings, fires of those frames at a fixed shutter speed. Interestingly—and this should’ve been obvious to me in hindsight—it’s 1/90th of a second, exactly the same as its flash sync speed and the shutter speed that it will operate at without batteries (or when the battery is dead), and exactly the same as the shutter speed dial suggests (I should go get a picture of that… maybe I will).

Here’s what that looks like, in practice:

Frame 0
Frame 0
Frame 1
Frame 1

Something to keep in mind… if you want to expose frame 0 (and frame 00, partially) take and/or guesstimate exposure based on a 1/90th shutter speed. The 1/60th and 1/125th lights flash continuously in the finder, but the FG only starts metering at Frame 1.

I’m not sure how it knows when Frame 1 rolls around… maybe it’s possible to fool it.

Nikon FG, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E-Series, Lomography Color 400 film, developed at home, scanned with the Scan-O-Matic 7000, and processed in Lightroom 5.

I have to say, other than the width-wise curl, I quite like this film. It can be a bit tricky to get the white balance correct, but once that’s set, the color is nice and the grain is pleasant.


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