photos from the Orillia Fall Fair

Back today to try again to get to the Orillia Fall Fair to take some photographs. Isolated showers in the forecast, but less rain than Saturday.  Took along my Nikon D3100 with 18-55 lens and the Sony Cybershot H50 for more long reach shots. $7 admission fee and I parked at the north end near Gate 4.  I received a chocolate chip cookie from the wife of the MP Bruce Stanton.

The sky was overcast and I got there in time to walk to one end of the fair as the rain resumed.  I dove into the small exhibit building with the rabbits and a ton of fellow fairgoers to study the weather out the open doors.   It quit after a few minutes but kept threatening.  I  left early and by the time I arrived home the sun had broken through and the sky was pale blue with fluffy white, innocent clouds hanging benignly overhead.

manual film camera, SLR from Nikon, FM with MD-12

Nikon FM with 50mm f1.4 lens and motor drive MD-12.

Manual Nikon SLR body with motor drive.

The FM model has a flip up AI tab on the lens mount that permits use of non-AI as well as AI and later Nikkor lenses.

This camera uses 35mm film.

My late father purchased this camera and had some fun with it during his retirement.  He struggled sometimes with focus and exposure but he got some great shots with it and had fun trying. He shot with a 50mm f2.0 Nikkor.  I added the f1.4 and motor drive in the erly 2000s.  The MD-12 is a greedy device, taking 8 AA batteries. My father passed away in 1992.  Camera has a very nice viewfinder.  Very solid feel to the body when shooting. Even more solid with the motor drive attached.

This model was manufactured between 1977 and 1982. A new compact, but rugged, copper-aluminum alloy chassis that began Nikon’s highly successful range of compact semi-professional SLR cameras.


Couchiching Park, Orillia, Ontario, HP5 film, Nikon FM with 35mm f2.0 Nikkor lens