An article on PetaPixel caught my attention yesterday, entitled Photographer Notebooks for Conveniently Recording Your Film Photos’ Metadata. It’s about a small notebook for film photographers, designed by ILOTT Vintage, which allows you to write down date, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, film speed, and so on.
It immediately reminded me of my days of film photography when I used a second-hand Nikon F5, a professional camera body offering the possibility to store film metadata using one of the four available memory storage options. The image below comes from the Nikon Photo Secretary manual showing these four options. This little piece of software makes it possible to read out the camera’s memory using the Nikon MC 33 PC Connecting Cord (10-pin remote connector from the camera to the 9-pin serial port on the computer).
Downloading shooting data was only one of the many features of Photo Secretary. I never used this tool because it was pretty expensive and contained too many options I didn’t need. An extensive overview can be found here. After searching the Internet I stumbled upon SoftTALK 2000 by Cocoon Creations which was much more affordable and did just one thing: transferring the stored data from the camera to the computer, resulting in a chart you see below (click the image for a larger view).