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Old 05-25-2011   #1
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I've just acquired about 100 rolls of rebranded Fuji Superia 200 which expired about 3 years ago for free. AND I've also just reacquired a Hexar AF which I will not sell again.

So, I'm going to use all those rolls in the Hexar - a kind of "one camera, one film" type of project. It might be fun to see how the pictures evolve (or stay the same) over the course of this project. I'm going to post here to keep track.... My output from May so far.



Sakura blooms in High Park



Looked like a futuristic lounge



You can see the distortion of the Hexar lens in this one



I was drawn to the light falling on the windows



He's been popping up around town lately



Yes, all that white stuff on the ground is...



Light falling on the trees in Chinatown



The side of the historical Maple Leaf Gardens, now being "upgraded" to a giant grocery store



Crossing



Construction site. The white piping seemed a lot more luminous than shown in the photo



Again, pretty significant barrel distortion from the Hexar lens



Extension cord



Bicycle in Kensington Market



Shadows of trees



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Old 05-25-2011   #2
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Beautiful. The B&W comes out very nicely.
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Although I'm primarily using the expired color film I've mentioned, a lot of which I've been converting to B&W, I've decided I'll also be using Tri-x/HC110 since it's the primary reason I wanted the Hexar back.




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Old 05-26-2011   #4
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You mentioned that the Hexar AF has eliminated your GAS and it has so with me as well to be honest.

I got a M2 and M3 with 50mm lenses respectively and a Hexar. The Leicas for outdoors (one for sunny, the other for shadowy scenes) and the Hexar for indoor stuff (or general 35mm viewfinder situations) and I can't think of anything else I'd ever need to be honest.

I did used to want a Contax G2 but now not really. I used to think of getting an Olympus OM4 but not really anymore.

Only thing to do now is to take pictures. We got the perfect combo! :-)
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Really nice shots. All-time great camera. About two years after I sold mine I bought it back again! Still one of the most obvious bargains of the secondhand market right now.
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I also just ordered a Domke F803 to carry the Hexar with an iPad. I had looked at the Retrospective 5 but it didn't properly fit the iPad and I didn't really like the pinestone. Should be a good combo to explore new neighborhoods. Nothing better than relaxing in cafe after a few hours shooting and hanging out.


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You mentioned that the Hexar AF has eliminated your GAS and it has so with me as well to be honest.

I got a M2 and M3 with 50mm lenses respectively and a Hexar. The Leicas for outdoors (one for sunny, the other for shadowy scenes) and the Hexar for indoor stuff (or general 35mm viewfinder situations) and I can't think of anything else I'd ever need to be honest.

I did used to want a Contax G2 but now not really. I used to think of getting an Olympus OM4 but not really anymore.

Only thing to do now is to take pictures. We got the perfect combo! :-)
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I'll keep an eye on this thread.

Nice pictures, and what a great camera... I will never sell my Hexar AF (again).
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Old 05-27-2011   #9
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So, one definite negative with the AF - can't focus past windows. On my walkabout today, I saw a few shots of interiors through windows that I was interested in taking, but the Hexar's AF system locks on to the window. I wasn't able to stop down because it was too dark, and I wasn't too sure about estimating distance especially with the shallow DOF wide open. We'll see if any turn out.
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Old 05-27-2011   #11
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As another Torontonian (albiet a new one), I say keep it up! I'm in love with Tri-x and HC110 right now too.
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Old 05-27-2011   #13
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Some of my favorite shots w/ the hexar (that I don't have anymore ) were actually taken in Toronto when I lived across the lake in Rochester... I'll have to see if I can dig them up. These would be about 12, 13 years back or so.

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Had a walk out in drizzle/high humidity with the camera out - through Chinatown, Little Portugal, and the Polish neighborhood. It was that annoying drizzle that an umbrella doesn't really help with but just mists your glasses and clothes, like sticking your face in the humidifier. On the plus side, it did give a glowing quality to the light all day. No problems with the camera in the moisture.

How do you guys like to carry the Hexar? I usually just carry it in the hand, strapless, with a shoulder bag for when I'm not shooting. Even with an accessible shoulder bag though, I find I don't take pictures unless I actually already have the camera out and ready - I'm that lazy.

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Old 05-28-2011   #16
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This is my new favorite thread on RFF. Keep up the great posts!

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How do you guys like to carry the Hexar? I usually just carry it in the hand, strapless, with a shoulder bag for when I'm not shooting.
I put a strap from an Epic through one of the strap loops, and wrap that around my hand... It makes it a little bit more secure than just handholding it. I also carry a shoulder bag, but like you, I shoot much more if the camera's already in my hand.
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Old 05-29-2011   #17
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Things I'm trying to remember when taking photos to minimize time looking through the camera:

1. Frame the shot before bringing the camera up to the eye - just confirm the framing with the camera and take the shot
2. Ask: What is the subject/theme of the photo? Focus attention on the subject/theme. Simplify and remove extraneous details that don't support the subject/theme.

Usually I just end up seeing a potential photo op, and before really clarifying what it is that drew my attention to want to take the photo, I take the shot. More often than not, it doesn't have a clear focus of attention, is poorly cropped/composed, and has lots of detracting elements. My "street" photos usually don't have people or fast moving subjects so it's not as though I don't have time to consider the above before taking the shot. I just forget.

I've also been finding that a lot of the photos I take are due to the mood or light and not really about the physical subject matter itself although it never hurts if the subject matter is itself interesting. So a lot of my photos may be boring if people don't find the subject interesting.

Just a ramble on a Sunday morning.
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Oh yes, and as Filmfan predicted, this thread has indeed been moved to the Point and Shoot sub forum. As users of the Hexar AF though, I think we can all agree that using this camera is much closer in use and philosophy to using an M or other real rangefinder than it is to using a true point and shoot. But I guess technically, it really isn't a rangefinder.
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I do it all the time, but using "point and shoot" to describe a camera doesn't seem quite right. "Point and shoot" is more of a mental mode. You could point and shoot with an M9, 5D, Mamiya 7, 4x5, etc.

The Hexar may technically be an autofocus viewfinder camera, but spiritually it belongs to the fixed lens RF tradition. As I slowly learn to trust the autofocus, it's erasing my desire for a Zeiss Ikon...
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Old 06-02-2011   #21
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Not a great photo, but I was astounded by the 3-dimensionality. No special post processing done.



Restaurant with windows open on the first hot day of the year in Toronto (40C with humidity)



Through the window of a dry cleaner's
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Old 06-02-2011   #22
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I'm enjoying this series! thanks
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Old 06-02-2011   #23
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Looks to me like you got a d*mn nice example of the Hexar AF!

Nice work.
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Old 06-03-2011   #24
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Very enjoyable photos!

I think it was Frank P. who once wrote here that Hexar AF was designed to be used fully open and from close range. I've tried to follow that advice. I shot my last roll in daylight using APX100 at ISO 50. Adding a two stop ND to that I dialed in ISO 12 to my Hexar's meter. Never gone so low before ;-)
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Old 07-03-2011   #25
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It's been a while since I've been able to get out to shoot due to work being busy. It's amazing how your photographic eye and desire to photograph evaporates as soon as stress at work ramps up. It should be the other way around, with photography DE-stressing you.


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Great thread! Thanks, and keep posting.
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Nice shots once again. I am about to shoot a wedding in the alps of Austria with mainly the Hexar AF.
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Beautiful tones, lovely shots. I'm also quite intrigued as to how your project will evolve over time. The BW's have a very nice and rich saturated look to them, excellent work. thread bookmarked.
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A short outing today. After seeing the "Toronto" thread, thought I'd do a walk through Kensington Market and Chinatown. As usual, the photos I came back with could have been taken anywhere rather than my planned locale - they don't say "Chinatown" or "Kensington Market". It was just the act of getting out to take photos that was important.

Also managed to drop the Hexar on pavement. Still working.






















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Also managed to drop the Hexar on pavement. Still working.
Fantastic shots—you have a great eye for details.

I dropped one of my Hexars pretty hard onto a concrete tabletop once. Other than a slight nick in the body, it's fine. I think these things are engineered and built well. Well, except for the shutter button of course.
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Great eye for lines and shapes in composition, I really enjoy these shots.
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I can only echo the comments of previous posters: excellent series of images and observations. Looking forward to more.
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Cool serie, very poetic. I hope to see more.
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You have a good eye for interesting shapes
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I don't know what it is, whether it is your subjects, composition, the black and white processing or a combination of all of the above, but these images really enthrall me. They make me want to get a Hexar and shoot black and white all day, even though you're converting Superia 200. I like this much more than a lot of other so-called 'street' photography that just ends up looking like random snapshots. Please keep posting!
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Amazing! May I ask how you scan your images?
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Amazing! May I ask how you scan your images?
These are just drugstore scans with a bit of tweaking in either ACDSee or Capture NX2. Luckily in Toronto, we have access to $2.99/roll processing and scan to CD. I'll rescan anything good with a Coolscan V to higher resolution.
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