Out Now, the June 2013 edition of NPhoto Magazine for Nikon camera enthusiasts, UK.
MatthewOsbornePhotography features as the Pro Picks photographer as a Model Photographer and Wedding Photographer but also for Photography Tuition and lighting workshops. I discuss some of my favourite Nikon gear to use for Portraits; the Nikon D800 digital camera, Nikon FM 35mm film camera, Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s lens, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-S lens and also the use of an Arrilight in the studio and on location.
Here is a copy of the Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens review I wrote for the November 2012 edition of What Digital Camera magazine.
I shoot as a Model Photographer and Wedding Photographer. The featured photo was from a photo shoot in Ukraine with model Olga taken in an orchard close to the city of Uzhgorod. I was shooting the Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens wide open at f1.4 on a Nikon D800 body.
I bought the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic to use as a tilt shift lens for my Nikon D800. The Edge 80 optic can be mounted on any Lensbaby body. I have used it on a Lensbaby Composer Pro body and the Lensbaby Spark body. The Composer Pro is a better construction and easier to use but the Spark provides a very economical and light alternative.
Here are a few more manufacturer details:
“The Edge 80 Optic is a 80mm, flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture and is compatible with all Lensbaby lens bodies*. When tilted, the Edge 80 delivers a slice of tack sharp focus through the image, bordered by soft blur. When pointed straight ahead, the Edge 80 can be used just like a high-quality straight lens. When tilted, the size of that slice of focus depends upon the aperture used, and the placement of the slice of focus depends upon the degree and direction of tilt. Rotating the aperture dial on the front of the optic changes between apertures from f/2.8 through f/22”
Unlike many people who buy tilt shift lenses, I didn’t buy it for miniaturised cityscapes. I bought it to use as a model photographer and wedding photographer. It allows me change the plane of focus to create unique straight from the camera photoshop’d look images that my clients love and I appreciate as I like to be different.
Here are some samples of the Lensbaby Edge 80 in action:
Bridal photography with Lensbaby Edge 80:
Engagement shoot with Lensbaby Edge 80:
Model photography with Lensbaby Edge 80:
The Lensbaby Edge 80 is compact and lightweight so rarely leaves my camera bag. I like it! 🙂
This is the first of a series of short posts to dispel some of the myths I have come across when teaching myself film photography and more specifically developing black and white film.
Question: How long will fixer keep for once it has been diluted?
(I will use Kodak T-max fixer as an example, diluted 1:4 with water, as this is the fixer I use). I’ve read many different answers to this question but the most common one appears to be dump the developer after each roll of film developed. I develop my own black and white film partly because it is more economical. If I was to dump my fixer after every roll of film home developing would soon prove expensive.
Answer: Longer than you think..
(Based on my own experience)
I made up a diluted batch of 1.5L of diluted T-max fixer 4 months ago and have stored it in a dark cupboard in a clear soft drinks bottle. The bottle is not full to the top so air is in the bottle. Since making the batch of fixer I think I have developed roughly 25 rolls of B&W film (mostly 120 film but the occasional 135 also). I tend to leave the film in the fixer for a longer period than suggested to be safe (20 minutes) but I have not observed any problems so far.
Here is an example from the last roll of film developed:
Yulya, Ukraine with ARAX-CM medium format camera & Kodak T-max 400
*I have read that diluted fixer can be used for as long as six months but so far I have not reached that stage.
Fixer shelf life – Conclusion
Even if you want to play it safe and make up a new batch of fixer every month it will still be much cheaper than making a new batch after each roll.
More film myth breakers coming soon..
How to tell if fixer is still good? Quick test.
A quick test to see if your fixer is still good is to put a piece of undeveloped film into the fixer dilution. Swill the fixer solution around with the piece of film in and the film should go transparent within a few seconds. If the film stays opaque then the fixer needs replacing.