I will not, however, go back in time so as to shoot with film-based cameras. There must be a line drawn somewhere and this is it.
First out accordingly will be the spring of '73. At that time I was near completion of my studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, hoping soon to become a botanist. More on that later. I had already been engrossed in photography for nearly a decade at that time, so my arsenal of Nikon gear by the standards of the period was formidable indeed. Suffice it to say the gear was much better than my ability to make great photography with it, but never mind, you have to learn to to walk before you can run. Being an aspirational photographer I did my best, or at least believed so.
So what was the line-up like at that time? I had 2 Nikon F bodies, one with prism finder, one with the massive Photomic crowning it, plus a sleek 'modern' F2 with the DP-1 finder. There was a motor drive for the F cameras and another for the F2. I thought having the motor drive was very cool and the motors surely attracted a lot of envy from bystanders. They also increased the need to finance a growing film consumption which was more difficult to accomplish given the economy of my student existence.
Lenses according to whatever notes I have retrieved, and memory flashbacks, were as follows;
- Nikkor-QC 15 mm f/5.6, a super-wide sensation freshly arrived from Japan by a convoluted and not entire legal route involving friend of a friend of a girl friend the latter whom I hoped to get as a second wife but that didn't pan out, the impressive lens notwithstanding.
- Nikkor-N 24 mm f/2.8. I purchased that lens in spring '69 if memory serves. I had become very fond of it.and used it way too much.
- Nikkor-S 35 mm f/2.8, from my initial Nikkor kit of mid '60s. A former favourite that was put to the back seat by the 24 Nikkor.
- Micro-Nikkor-P 55 mm f/3.5, also from mid '60s and one of my most used lenses at that time.
- Nikkor-P.C 105 mm f/2.5, also brand new from Japan as a replacement of my former 105/2.5 Sonnar. I used it for portraits (of girl friends) and landscapes, in that order.
- Bellows-Nikkor 105 mm f/4 with the PB-4 Bellows, awaiting its first season of ordeals in the meadows of spring flowers.
- Nikkor-Q 200 mm f/4, at that time the longest relatively affordable "tele" Nikkor.
- Zoom-Nikkor 43-86 mm f/3.5 (yes, the "dog"). I purchased it so my next girl friend, who went on later to be my second wife, then subsequently, my late wife, could use it on our holidays and vacations. The strategy obviously worked. We even acquired a true dog, a German Shepherd, to go with it as a suitable model for the zoom.
- Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/4.5. The legendary lens that brought pride back to zoom photography. For my own purposes, of course. Too long for the girl(s).
In order to honour my '73 preferences, I'll shoot a lot of IR in the first period (January-March) and aim to post at least 1 sample from each lens during that time frame. Cameras will be D40X, D200, or Fuji S3 for IR, D600, D3X, or D800 for visible light.
I envision going down Memory Lane this way will be fun and if I think otherwise later, a promise is a promise.