|Nikon EM 50mm f1.8 Fomopan 100|
I also took advantage of the test rolls to do a camera test. From the friendly folks at KEH I recently bought a Nikon EM. Since I discovered the Series E lenses and read about the EM I thought I might like to try it, so I did. The Nikon EM is an aperture priority only manual focus slr camera, which means you choose the aperture, it chooses a shutter speed. If it doesn't like the shutter speed it has to choose, it beeps at you. You have no manual options at all. Some photographers would balk at a camera that behaves this way but frankly, if the meter tells me f5.6, I use 5.6. I realize that there are situations where manual control is necessary, but most of the time, meh. I just do what it tells me anyway, so why not have IT do it?
The EM was a failure from Nikon's perspective. It was their first plasticky camera, although it has an aluminum frame beneath the plastic, just like modern DSLRs. It also was automated, which traditional photographers eschew. From my point of view, however, bring it on. I'll happily throw it in my camera bag next to my F3 or F4 and just use it.
The first thing I noticed when I scanned these negatives is how little grain there is. I wasn't getting this from my local "pro lab". I complained about this in my older posts, but it really annoys me how easy it is to do it right. They must really not care about doing quality work over there. As a result, they are not going to do work for me. I really like the tones in this photo. I like the gradients across all the flat surfaces, particularly the front door, and I like the deep blacks and bright whites.
Tomorrow I assault the rest of my piled up film. Who knows what lurks in there?