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Nikon RF 2

Over the last year or so I’ve been interested in shooting with fully or mostly fully automatic cameras. I found this Nikon RF 2 at a local thrift store and bought it for under $5 U.S. This camera feels good in the hands. While it’s mostly plastic it has more weight than I expected. It’s well built for being all plastic and it was made in Japan.

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There is a switch that turns on the camera by opening up the 35mm lens. There are two buttons on top. One triggers the shutter and the other is for the self timer. There is a tripod mount on the bottom. There is one switch on the side which opens up the compartment for the film.

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Pros

  • Well built for being plastic
  • Built in Japan
  • light
  • nice lens
  • feels good in the hands

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Cons

  • It is a plastic camera, would rather it be metal
  • flash fires when camera thinks necessary (no flash on / off button)

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Tools and The Level Of Importance In Photography

There are a number of things that have their level of importance in photography. Below I will list and explain each thing.

  1. Your Brain. Knowing what you want to photograph and how you want to photograph it is the first and most import step in the process of making an image. Knowing what kind of light you’ll need, knowing what king of lens you’ll need are all precursors to the end result.
  2. The Light. Light is the single most important tool in photography. The word “Photography” itself means to write with light or to light write. Just as important as light is good light or knowing how to use light. There are many difference sources of light such as the sun, street lights, lamps and interior lights, and flashes and strobes. Knowing how to use each one of these is beneficial to making great photographs. There are also modifiers such as umbrellas, soft boxes, grids, and gobos that help modify and direct the light as the photographer sees fit.
  3. ┬áThe Lens. There are many many many lenses made by many different lens manufacturers. Some lenses are “better” than others, however, it all depends on what the photographer is looking to do with the lens. There are even cheap plastic lenses used on Holgas, and Diana cameras that can make magical images with the right…… LIGHT (which is why light is number one “tool” on the list).
  4. The camera. The camera is important but definitely not the most important on the list. The camera is more than a sensor. The digital camera is made up of firmware and processors that help create the image we see on the back of the screen or on the computer.
  5. Post Processing Software. This is at the bottom of the list, however, for a lot of inexperienced photographers this seems to be more important than it really is. Software such as Lightroom and Photoshop are tool to help enhance or put the finishing touches to create the final product. Many images made by professional photographers actually need very little done to make the image they client may want. However, this is all dependent upon what the final result will be.

*Many people still shoot film. I would put film at number 4 on the list just as important as the camera. The reason being is because in film photography the type of film used will tremendously dictate the end result.

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