Strolling with a Nikon F3 and Kodak Plus-X

The more Kodak Plus-X I shoot, the more I love it for its rich blacks and low grain. I wish I could shoot it forever. Alas, Kodak discontinued it four years ago. It was only through the Film Photography Project’s cache of cold-stored expired stock that I had any at all. But now it’s out of stock at the FPP. I’m going to move on, probably to Kodak T-Max 100. But not before shooting the last two rolls chlling in my fridge.

I shot one of them in my Canon EOS Rebel, but you might recall that its shutter was busted. Thank goodness I figured that out before I sent the Plus-X in for pointless processing. I fished the leader out of the film can and dropped the cartridge into my reliable Nikon F3HP, as it needed some exercise. I also attached my 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor lens, and took the camera along from time to time over the next few weeks.

I first took the F3 along on my autumn walk through nearby Crown Hill Cemetery. It’s become common for me to carry more than one camera on a photo trip!

Shaded cemetery path

That was such a colorful day! And the color shots I got on the same day were lovely. But there’s something about a cemetery that just begs to be shot in black and white.

James Henry Trimble

I also took the F3 along on the elders’ retreat. The shots overlooking the lake turned out best.

Across the lake

Such sure tones everywhere in these lakeside shots. And the Nikkor delivered the sharpness.


I liked this one best because of the wonderful reflection.

The view from here

I took a couple shots around the church. I liked this one best, of one of the concrete blocks that separate our parking lot from the alley.

My heart is blocked

I finished the roll around the house. I love shooting this trio of trees on the golf course behind my house. That tree in front is an ash tree and it’s dead, thanks to the emerald ash borer. The golf course will eventually have to remove it, and then this favorite subject will be forever altered. I doubt I’ll like it as much.

Golf course trees

I had a yellow filter on that afternoon, and shot my leafless front-yard trees against this sky filled with wispy clouds.

Up in the sky

Come back on Friday, and I’ll show you my favorite shot from this roll. It’s just a perfect exposure.

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12 responses to “Strolling with a Nikon F3 and Kodak Plus-X”

  1. Sam Avatar

    Great shots and results from one of my favorites, the F3HP. Nice work Jim, as always!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Sam! I feel fortunate to have an F3.

  2. hmunro Avatar

    Lovely shots, Jim — especially the cemetery shots, and that beautiful reflection. But what’s this about your favorite shot, and a perfect exposure? I can’t wait!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Now I hope I haven’t oversold that photo!!

      1. hmunro Avatar

        Knowing you and your photography, I think there’s little risk of that. ;)

  3. Bob Dungan Avatar
    Bob Dungan

    Excellent work.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Bob!

  4. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    The F3 is on my wish list nice shots Jim, I tend use a lot of Ilford B&W rather than Kodak.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Ah, the great British American film divide!

  5. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    Wonderful. Sadly, I’ve never found T-Max 100 to be a suitable replacement, though it does have its uses. I wish I had gotten a chance to short more than one roll of Plus-X, but I suppose I could try out something from Ilford or AGFA/Rollei…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      TMax has a different look to be sure. But it’s highly available and the labs process it reliably well.

  6. nick Avatar

    so nice to see you’re getting the hang on using filters.
    I’m pretty much amazed at how many different lightsituaitons this film can handle “quite right”.
    But using a roll of film under completely different lightsituations does not really bring out maximum performance. Taking good pictures is one game, another is the developement of film itself. It is possible to steer the contrast by dilution/time during developing process. Using this could bring out some stunning pictures, if you told the lab wether you want high or low-contrast (or normal) developement.

    “I love shooting this trio of trees” is like a song to my heart. My happy “t(h)reesome” will stand for quite a while since the trees are very young. Just like taking pictures of this group of trees I will almost certainly take some pictures everytime I’m the Garden of some small stones strewn onto a wooden table. Trees and stones, that’s quite something longlasting, maybe that’s attracting my attention? I’ll have to give it a thought.

    Thanks for posting so many nice picture,

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