Bridgwater, United Kingdom

Microbiologist and photographer living in Somerset in the southwest of England. I specialise in nature photography, from wildlife to...

Feeling Nostalgic

For quite some time, I’ve been considering getting a Nikon film scanner to scan in some of my old film stuff at higher resolution than my Canon flatbed could. Last week I found out that the entry-level model is no longer manufactured, so I bit the bullet and ordered it. After a bit of playing, the quality is better for slides than negatives and exposure is very critical for negatives in order to avoid quite impressive noise. I’m hoping that after getting the hang of it, some of my photos from Nepal in 1994, will at least be usable.
Having started to upload some photos for stock at Alamy over the past couple of weeks and having to upsize them all (thereby reducing overall image quality), I got to thinking about photographing with film again and have been intrigues to find out what I can achieve with Fuji Velvia, knowing more now than I did 20 years ago. My old Zenith is still in working order, but the two lenses I have are hardly the same image quality of my newer Canon lenses, so I was looking at Canon SLRs that would be compatible. While I was in town today, I looked in a local photography shop (the only one in fact :p) to see what slide films they had available. They didn’t have Velvia, but they did have Sensia and also a Canon EOS 500n. It’s hardly top of the range, but I decided it would do for my purposes, especially at £60, so I splashed out on the camera (with a cheapo 28-80 mm lens included) and a couple of rolls of Sensia.

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