#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Kodak Portra line of films, Emulsive is hosting three months of Portra Parties. The shoot week (August 6-12) coincided with @_JasonAvery’s #CameraChallenge (Macro)… So out came the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13 extension tube, mounted on the FM3a, and loaded with Portra 400.

Yes, it suffered the same fate as its #DianaDay cousin, and, no, it wasn’t everything I hoped, but still, there’s a couple of things worth sharing, maybe. Continue reading “#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)”


It’s in some way fitting to share some nice, peaceful pictures for Armistice Day, even if I had no idea that this particular weekly roll would appear on this particular day. If you’re free at 11:11 on 11/11, take a minute of silence to remember all those who die in war and take another minute to ponder the beauty of peace, and then come back and check out these pictures. Continue reading “MacroChrome”

Nikon FG – dirty frame counter switch: SOLVED

Some months ago, I noticed something odd going on with the FG. Every now and again, at seemingly random moments, the 60/125 lights would start blinking and it would fire at 1/90th only until I opened the back and reset the counter. It would then function as normal: 1/90th for the first few frames, then normal operation, more or less, until it happened again.

Other people have had similar problems with the FG and other Nikon cameras that have a similar feature. I found many people with similar problems, but little information on how to fix it and loads of dire warnings.

As mentioned recently, if you pay any attention to tags, and with some help from Samie, I fixed it. Read on to find out how… (or click here for the tl;dr) Continue reading “Nikon FG – dirty frame counter switch: SOLVED”

New Toys: Micro Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13

After many years of hacking together macro things, reversing lenses, stacking lenses together, stacking reversed lenses on extension tubes, picking up old lenses with macro modes, etc., and after liking the results I got with them sometimes, I finally decided to pick up a proper macro lens, mostly to be the major part in a new Scan-O-Matic. I came up with the following criteria:

  • a filter ring that doesn’t rotate with focusing
  • corner-to-corner sharpness at f/5.6 or better
  • no light falloff at f/5.6 or better
  • 1:2 ratio (half life size), at least
  • a relatively short minimum focus distance

After weeks of research and hemming and hawing, while shopping for a new film camera, I did a quick search for the Micro Nikkor 55mm AI-s and spotted this one for a good price, with the PK-13 extension ring that will get it to 1:1. Continue reading “New Toys: Micro Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13”