1. Canon EOS 1V HS Review

    As I still shoot film for personal work and portraits/lifestyle photos, I wanted to upgrade my AE-1 to something more robust. Plus I needed the compatibility with my digital kit so I can make a hybrid kit that fits my backpack without adding much weight. As the last 35mm SLR from Canon the 1V was the perfect choice. After a while I got my hands on a 1V HS for dirty cheap off a photo forum. Here are my thoughts on it and its place in my kit.

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    Body

    1V HS is the father of all 1D series bodies, it’s build like a tank thanks to its magnesium alloy body and has a degree of weather sealing on it. The HS version I got also has a vertical grip with controls that takes 8 AA batteries to power the camera. The size with the grip is similar to the modern 1D and the ergonomics feel alike also. That’s a good thing, the 1D series have the best ergonomics in my opinion. The only down side is the vertical grip, when I grip it, it feels slim and flat. The future 1D cameras have a better feel on the vertical grip. Other than that, it’s a beast of a camera.

    Using the camera

    If you shoot with Canon pro cameras, the 1V will feel right at home. I have no problem switching between my 5D mkIII and the 1V mid shoot. The controls for AF point selection are outdated as it doesn’t have a joystick, instead you change the point using quick dials. Not as fast as the joystick and definitely has a learning curve to it. 

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    Film loading is super easy, just pop the back door open, load the film and pull the tab to the orange mark. Once you close the door, the camera automatically winds the film to the first frame and will shoot exactly 36 or 24 shots, so I can’t shoot 38 frames on a 36 roll like I could on my AE-1. The camera features a lot of custom features to personalise it to your needs, with it you can set the camera to count frames upwards on downwards, the counter is displayed on the top LCD screen. Another C. Fn setting lets the camera leave a part of the film out while rewinding, useful when developing film on your own or to switch films mid roll like I do. I just remember the last frame, rewind the film and write the frame number on the label. Then when I want to reuse the film I just shoot blank frames with the body cap on till  the camera reaches my last frame plus one. It works great if I don’t shoot the whole roll at once. ISO/ASA setting can be set up manually using the ISO button on the top left or a C.Fn can be activated so that the camera sets up ISO value using the DX code from the film cartridge.

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    The viewfinder is big and bright with 100% frame coverage. The information display is located below the frame and exposure and flash compensation on the right, just like on the 1D series. The 1V supports interchangeable focusing screens while the default one works best with slower lenses, it’s ok for autofocus uses. Like the later 1 series, the 1V has an integrated viewfinder cover and a diopter correction from -3 to +1.

    Autofocus on this camera is awesome, on pair with the EOS 1 standard. Packing 45 autofocus points while 7 of them are cross type, the focus sticks to anything really fast. While the camera can be set up only in one point AF or automatic selection AF, you do have a C.Fn to expand the AF area. Using C.Fn-17 the camera can expand the AF tracking area to 7 or 13 points to help tracking. The downside is that the zone isn’t shown in the viewfinder, only the centre one is, like in one point AF. The 1V can also link spot metering to the selected AF point with a C.Fn setting, but since it uses a 21 zone metering sensor, only 11 AF points can be used at max while the other setting limits the focus to 9 points with linked spot metering.

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    As speed goes, this body is fast for film standards. The 1V HS can shoot one frame, 3 fps or 6 fps using AA batteries. It can go up to 10 fps with the rechargeable battery, unfortunately I don’t have it. Honestly I never use the motor drive on it, one shot is fine for my use, but it’s nice to know that I have the feature to expose a roll of 135 film in 6 sec if I need to.

    Conclusion

    The 1V HS is a great action camera, with its rugged and weather sealed body, I would take it with me anywhere. It fit nicely into my existing digital Canon kit and have no problem using both digital and film on location. It’s a fast pace camera that can deliver my expectations. While the later 1D series are more sophisticated and advance, for 35mm film this body is a beast. Plus Canon still services this body and it applies under the CPS programme if anything goes wrong. If you are also looking for a fast and rugged Canon SLR, the 1V is a no brainer.

     

  2. My room where I stayed while on the island of Pag. Full of old books and maps, guess a boat captian used to use this room.

     

  3. Some old film scans of a different approach on shooting mountain biking. I like this series. Do you?

     

  4. Name: Nikola Klacinski
    D.O.B: 17.08.1991.
    Hometown: Zagreb
    Current location: Zagreb
    Years ridnig: 7 and counting
    Sponsors: Sony, Warehouse, Markoproject
    Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube

    Nikola a.k.a. Nidjo, a nickname he’s not fond of but we all use it anyway, is a guy that has a mountain as his backyard and you won’t find him at home… He’s probably shredding his bike down the hill, digging jumps and prepping the track. That takes dedication to the sport I must say, making a track for days just to fell the dirt tearing underneath his tires. He was in the Croatian Downhill representation, wrecked his shoulder, jumped right back into the race scene and now working on getting ready for the new season. I think being in the wild, enjoying nature at its finest is what makes him who he is and doing what he does best… Riding his bike!

    As one of the representative of the Croatian downhill scene, how is DH as a discipline represented in Croatia?

    Well in the last year or two downhill is rising up again, there was a generation change and more and more young riders are joining in. But in racing waters, the situation is descending year to year. I think the main reason is financial. From organising race events to transportation to it.

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    How would you describe the sport to a wider audience and explain what you do?

    First, we are not savages riding in the woods. Mountain biking is represented by the Olympic Committee, and yes, it is a real sport. For the wider audience, it’s a competitive sport that takes place on a mountain, hill or recently in cites called urban downhill. Basically on uneven terrain. The goal is to as quickly as possible to pass the track with obstacles from point A to point B.

    How important bike setups are in downhill? Do you have any unique mods or parts on your bike that helps you in a race?

    Bike setup is extremely important, every rider needs to know how to adapt his bike to his riding style. Because of bad bike setups some nasty crashes can happen. Better spend some time setting up and maintenancing your bike than crash and break something. As my bike goes, I run a simple setup with all stock parts. I just tune it up to my desire.

    Got any injures thanks to your bike? Bad crashes? How about that stream beneath the track?

    It’s simple, if you want to evolve as a rider you need to go down once in a while, it’s all part of the sport. You can’t run from it, if you push yourself you will crash, sooner or later. So I had both collarbones broken, my left wrist and a bad injury of my left shoulder, which as of today I don’t know what wrong, doctors can’t figure out ether. As for the stream, I was close to getting wet a few times, but luckily never had.

    After the shoulder incident, what motivates you to train for the new season?

    Oh my shoulder… who wants to trade?  Full recovery is big motivation for me, going back to racing without any psychological insecurity that can be related to this injury. It’s a hard task to accomplish because nobody knows exactly what’s wrong, but I’m feeling better and my recovery is going in a positive way.  

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    How much time do you spend preparing the track for training?

    As I was “out of function” I spend a lot of time building and landscaping the new track at Medvedgrad. It took us one year to make it. Otherwise just some maintenance, minor repairs and add-ons.

    What are your mental preparation before a race?

    I go through the track in my mind and concentrate only on the track, everything disappears around you in those 3 minutes. But it’s important to free your mind before the race and know that all of the closest ones to you are ok and that the relationship with them is healthy. 2012 when my father had an accident, I was physically at the top, but mentally I was only lying to myself that im ready. Because of that I had a really bad crash and god saved me from very serious injuries. I don’t want to think about that.

    3 songs that are on the top of your playlist:

    Parachute youth - Can’t get better than this
    System of a down - B.Y.O.B.
    The Doors - Light my fire

    Idols that you look up to?

    Cedric Garcia and Brendan Fairclough. Masters of style!

    From a riders perspective, what’s important to you when photographing downhill?

    That the final image looks cool! I think that the most important thing is that both the rider and photographer understands each other. And that’s when the magic happens!

    What’s your race schedule for this season? International races?

    First on the list is UCI C1 race on Lošinj then Buzet, Ivanščica, Motovun. Those are the important ones as Croatia goes. Then I have races in Slovenia and Bosnia. This year my hope is to ride IXS European cup, but I don’t want to plan anything because usually everything I plan doesn’t go as planed.

    And when the season ends? What are your goals after that?

    When you’re active all season first thing on the list is a month of rest from riding and just relaxing the body. Then it goes all over again… Gym training, planing the next season, dealing with sponsors, writing and recapping the last season.

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    Bike check:

    Frame: Intense 951
    Fork: 2014 Marzocchi 888 RC3 Evo V2
    Wheels: Shimano Saint hubs, Mavic 729 rims
    Brakes: Shimano XT
    Handelbar: Renthal Fat bar
    BB/Cranks: Shimano Zee
    Shifters/Derailleurs: Shimano XT/Zee

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    Any last words?

    I would like to thank Sony and Sony Mobile crew for the best support that they gave me through the years and the years that will follow. Also would like to thank Lončo from Warehouse and Markoproject for their support.
    I would mention my parents and the best girlfriend in the world Anamaria for the moral support, because sometimes I get hard to deal with.
    Also I need to say thanks to you photographers because without you there wouldn’t be so many cool photos. It’s not easy to roll in the dirt and dust for that one awesome picture! I’ll give Stephan props first for creating this project and doing all of this. I would also thank Lorena and Damir for all of their photos of my season.

    You all rock!

    I was just shredding and #ijustgotframed !

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    Nikola was the second one to get framed but don’t worry, more will come! Don’t forget to check other FRAMED photostories and support the project! Thank you all for tuning in.

     

  5. Teaser for the next FRAMED story, stay tuned because it will be online soon! 

     

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