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Like most of us, I shot 35mm film for many years. My father had a Minolta XG-7 and I bought a new XG-1 in 1979 or so (yes, I actually saved up paper route money). My kit consisted of the XG-1 body and a 50mm f1.7 lens. I shot that until the mid 90s when I moved to a Minolta Freedom Zoom 150 35mm point and shoot. From there I went to a Canon digital point & shoot.

Fast forward to 2006 when our daughter was born, I discovered 'shutter lag'. My sister in law, who worked in advertising, was on the Nikon account. She told me about the all new consumer grade Nikon D40 digital SLR. I had her pick up the D40/18-55mm kit for me (at her cost, direct from Nikon). I shot this on AUTO for many years, purchasing a 55-200mm along the way.

In 2015 I got the 35mm film bug again. I dusted off my XG-1 and ran two rolls of film through it. Worked out great! I read up on film shooting and realized the all mighty Minolta X-700 could be had in good used condition fairly cheap on ebay. I ended up buying two x-700 bodies, a Minolta Hi-Matic F (point and shoot 35mm film rangefinder of sorts).
I now wanted a rangefinder, read up and found the Yashica Electro 35 series was pretty good and cheap. I bought a nice clean GSN on ebay for under $40. This camera works perfect and needed only a battery.

I then picked up a nice deal on a Nikon FE2 with a 50mm f1.8 for about $100 on a facebook camera group. Since then the FE2 has been my goto 35mm SLR and the GSN my second camera.

After shooting various rolls of color and B&W film through both, I realized I wanted a GOOD 35mm film camera. REsearch led me to the F3. Tried and true, a professional camera with everything I wanted. The first Nikon with the famed red stripe as well. My shopping consisted of ebay and craigslist. I started looking around at Etsy as well, it was there I scored a nice, working F3/T body for only $100. SCORE! These sell for much much more on ebay for sure. Paired with my FE2, Nikon 50mm f1.8 & 28mm f2.8, I am now shooting my first roll of film through the F3/T this week. Hoping the pictures come out just fine as I move forward.

My plan is to sell off the two X-700 bodies, retire my original XG-1 to the showcase. I may keep the Hi-Matic 7 as it is in excellent condition and is not worth much anyway.

Planned purchases include;

Nikon eyecups for both the F3/T & FE2
DW-3 waist viewfinder for the F3/T
Picked up the AS-f flash mount for the F3/T
Shopping for a Nikon 35mm f2.5 Series E lens

My current film kit consists of the Nikon F3/T (50mm f1.8 & 28mm f2.8) and Yashica Electro 35 GSN
The FE2 is a backup

Here are my 35mm film images as shared on Flickr:
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  1. STM's Avatar
    I STILL shoot a lot of film, mostly black and white with the Hasselblad, because the quality is as good as it gets, but I still use my 35mm. I have quite a 35mm stable; FTn, F2, F4E, FA, FE2, Nikkormat FT3 and Nikonos V. And none really sit on the shelf and collect dust except the Nikonos because I have not been diving in a while. Just this past weekend I went out and shot some nature stuff with my venerable FTn, my very first Nikon back in 1974 along with the D700 and D300. A fellow who was also shooting there asked me what camera I was using. He was about my age and was shooting Nikon so I was a little surprised when he did not recognize the iconic Nikon F. He was even more surprised to learn that I not only still shot film but processed and printed all of my stuff as well, both color and black and white.

    Digital has come a very long way when it comes to color, but it still falls MILES SHORT in black and white compared to fine grained film like T-MAX 100 and very high quality paper like Oriental Seagull G2 and G3.
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  2. carguy's Avatar
    I hear you! I just love the feel and sound shooting these cameras.
    I recently ordered the eyepiece finder and AS-4 flash coupler this week as I build this kit. Choosing a NICE strap is next, looks like I'll drop $60-100 for the right one.

    I'm ordering this Zing neoprene camera cover. This camera goes to work with me and this seems like a nice cover while the camera is in my work messenger bag. This saves me from needing to carry more than one bag daily.

    I'm also hunting for a nice 35mm f2 to round out my set of primes for these Nikon cameras.

    Nikon F3/T and FE2 by Joe Lopez, on Flickr

    The weather returned back to winter here in Detroit, I'm looking forward to finishing this first roll of film to see how the camera shoots. Based on what I've seen so far, I do not expect any issues.
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    Updated 03-16-2017 at 02:07 PM by carguy

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