2 weeks ago we had a nice sprinkling of snow here in South Wales, not enough to bring everything to a standstill but something to add to the beauty of the Garw Valley.
I am in the middle of a 52 roll project where we shoot a roll of film every week for 1 year and post to a blog http://52rolls.net/ I shoot at least 1 every week most weeks anyway so I will try to split my images between the 2 blogs.
I shot the Mamiya 645 with the 80mm f2.8 on Fuji Superia 400 that I over exposed by 1 stop and it was processed and scanned by http://www.filmdev.co.uk/ who provide an excellent personal service at an affordable price … I can’t imagine processing and scanning C-41 ever again.
I can’t recommend them more highly, give them a ring and ask for David just to find out what they are all about.
Years ago after my 1st couple of cheaper slr’s I was lucky enough to have been given some Pentax mx and a few cracking lenses.
After using the Pentax mx for a while I decided to upgrade but instead of getting another Pentax the new camera out at the time was the Ricoh XRX which was all singing and dancing and also had the Pentax K mount so I didn’t have to change my lenses.Last week I came across one on ebay with the starting price of 99p so as I have still got a few Pentax k mount lenses I decided to bid and see how it went.
To my amazement I was the only bidder and got it for the starting price (postage was £6 though).
Eager to be reunited with an old friend I loaded it up with some Fuji Superia 400 and using the 50mm f1.7 and 70-210 f4 went for a walk.
I was really nice to use and to be honest all the modes the camera possessd were really not needed as I have always shot Aperture Priority or Manual.
The lenses performed really well and as my C-41 chemicals were shot I tempted fate and took the film to Tescos but for a change the negs were pretty good no scratches for a change (mind you it was not the Bridgend store it was the Talbot Green one).
I am not sure how often I will be using this camera but it is really nice to have one again after all these years.
I have been developing my own B&W films for a while now and have experimented with various films and developers and have a good idea what I will get out of my negatives.
I have also been processing my colour films to but the results have been very inconsistant, I have noticed that the roll after processing varied from the start to the end, not drastically but there was a difference.
At first I put it down to my inexperience of C-41 processing but after reading up on the internet It seemed to point to the developing temperature varying slightly.
As I develop by hand and not with a processor I try to maintain the required 38 degrees C by placing the drum in warm water in-between inversions and maybe the outer frames of the film were at the proper temp while the inner frames were slightly under.
The Tetenal C-41 kit I use can also be used at 30 degrees C using different developing times which is a far easier temperature to maintain.
My wife asked me last week what I would like for my up coming birthday and was not impressed when I asked for a Nikon D800…….lol.
Instead a much more realistic possibility was another film camera to add to my growing collection, I had been looking on eBay for a good, high spec Nikon autofocus camera and plumped for the F90x.
When it arrived it was in immaculate condition inside and out so I loaded up a cheapo roll of Kodak Colorplus 200 and popped into Bridgend where there was an Italian Market event to try it out.
The camera felt great in use, the autofocus was quick using both the 85mm and 50mm f1.8 it felt just like using my D300s without the LCD screen on the back.
Eager to see if the photographs matched my joy at using the camera I got home and processed the film.
I was very happy with the results, the focus was spot on and the Kodak film gave the photos a nice slight de-saturated look especially for the portraits.
I managed to pick up a few rolls of Fuji Superia 400 at a bargain price from Sainsbury’s and loaded up a roll just to see how the camera performed with a better film stock (see main photo of my wife at top) and I must admit the photo quality was great, I shot a load of portraits at f2 and loved the results.
I am going to be using this camera a lot in the future I fell in love with the handling and the picture quality all for a bargain price of £38, you have to love eBay 🙂
This week I have been mostly shooting and developing Colour Film……….
After getting the hang of B&W developing I thought I would give Colour a go as from what I have read it is very similar only a bit more Temperature critical. I bought a Tetenal C-41 kit from AG Photographic (see link below) and a few rolls of cheap Kodak colorplus film just incase I messed up.