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First test of Kodak ultramax 800

I’ve been playing with some random old expired high speed pro films lately and just for shits and giggles I thought I’d get some fresh Kodak ultramax 800(well I bought it last year, but it’s 2017 dated) as comparative against some fresh generic high speed film of today. I also was putting rolls through the Minolta XG-M I had just finished fixing up at the time.

Minolta XG-M Shot with minolta a7 and minolta 50mm f1.4 on Kodak GT 800 dated 2006 shot a stop over Home developed in Patterson hand tank with Unicolor C41 kit Scanned at home on Epson 4990
Minolta XG-M Shot with minolta a7 and minolta 50mm f1.4 on Kodak GT 800 dated 2006 shot a stop over Home developed in Patterson hand tank with Unicolor C41 kit Scanned at home on Epson 4990

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Kodak colours from my child hood…initial test of some bulk roll VPS 160

I was lucky enough to jag this bulk roll of Kodak Vericolor III type S for a song on the Bay the other week. It was that cheap that I thought it was worth a punt on seeing how it would go. The tin was still sealed within it’s original packaging box, which was a good sign for me, but it’s date of expiry was illegible, so who knows how old it was or how it was stored.

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So on sunday I rolled up a couple of quick little test rolls and went out and took a few random snap shots through out the day.  I rated it at box in my Minolta a7 and gave it a stop of exposure compensation, and I shot it at iso 80 through my Ricoh TLS Singlex, more because it does have exposure compensation. haha. Though I felt these shots came out slightly denser, I think 80 is now the films true speed.

Braving the cold breeze... Minolta a7 with 50mm f1.4 using Kodak VPS 160 Expired??? shot a stop over Developed at home in Patterson hand tank with Unicolor C41 kit Scanned at home on Epson 4990
Braving the cold breeze… Minolta a7 with 50mm f1.4 using Kodak VPS 160 Expired??? shot a stop over Developed at home in Patterson hand tank with Unicolor C41 kit Scanned at home on Epson 4990

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Random roll… Kodak Gold 100

I love those random rolls you acquire as a film photographer. Old expired ones as part of lots or at the bottom of old camera bags you got with old camera purchases. You know the ones, we have all had them. You throw them into new cameras as test rolls, just shoot them when bored to see. I think most of us have done it.

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…I was getting ready to post about…

I was getting ready to post about how I had decided from now on to take all my c41 to labs for dev and scan and just stick to b&w and e6 for home dev and scan in the future. Mainly after I had struggled to scan the first of the 7 rolls of the c41 I had dev’d the other night. I was worried when the negs had come out a bit dark, which is often the case for the first roll in the unicolor kits for me I find. For two nights I persisted, then during the day today I decided to skip that roll and move onto the next since all the rest of the rolls seemed fine. The next roll (kodak ultramax 800) came out perfect, as did the next, which turned out to be the test roll I had put through the Ricoh singlex TLS I had posted about earlier. The on which I had cleaned up, put new seals in etc. It is a fantastic M42 screw mount mechanical SLR with a built in light meter, that seems as of now to be in perfect working order.

Ricoh Singlex TLS with Riconen 50mm f1.7
Ricoh Singlex TLS with Riconen 50mm f1.7

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Got busy dev’ing yesterday arvo…

Sooo, it was a pretty lazy arvo here in Clarko yesterday due to the weather, so since I’d burned 7 rolls of c41 in the past few weeks, I thought I’d mix up a new uni-color c41 kit and do some dev’ing.

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I always enjoy dev’ing. Actually having to go through so much effort to get your images, that once it works it really makes you appreciate them . I always get mixed results with c41 developing, some of these rolls have come out nice and bright and some have the unusual blue hue I often get from dev’s in these uni-color kits, once I have finished these I think I will switch to trying a different c41 developer to see if I can garner better results. I have some interesting emulsions in this batch so stay tuned for some scans of Kodak supra 800 and Kodak high definition 400 amongst some others. I have a bunch of random emulsions that I am keen to get stuck into. A lot of these are just mainly general snapping or test rolls put through the cameras I have been fixing up lately.  🙂

…update time, what have I been up to? fixing cameras, burning film etc. etc.

I know, I know, I said I would be posting more frequently… I have been, but still probably not as often as I should be. haha

Landscape taken from test roll of expire Ilford fp4 shot through Minolta x370s with Minolta 21mm f2.8 home developed in tmax developer 1:9 and scanned using Epson 4990
Landscape taken from test roll of expire Ilford fp4 shot through Minolta x370s with Minolta 21mm f2.8 home developed in tmax developer 1:9 and scanned using Epson 4990

While I have been a little quiet here the last month, I have actually been really busy in whatever spare time I get. Whilst a lot of my time away from work has been in preparation of the birth of our first child, I have still managed to steal away often enough to go for wonders with my camera. I must admit I have been starting to formulate a focus in my shooting as of late. While in the past I freely admit I have been predominantly a snap shot shooter, still am to some extent, I am trying to focus myself on creating more images that are of a nature that they would stand up to printing or display in a gallery, I have had quite an interest in rural landscapes to this effect as of late, I will share some once I feel happy enough with any of the images I have created.

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Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 35mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 5 elements in 5 groups., multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
I acquired this lens about 12 months ago from fellow local photographer John Austin, I have only shot this lens a few times but every time I shoot it I am impressed. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide normal lens. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must admit I have a soft spot for this lens it always seems to deliver.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
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Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

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Nikkor 28mm f3.5

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 28mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5.
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 6 elements in 6 groups, multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
It is one of my more recent acquisitions so I have yet to take it out for too much testing at this time. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide angle lens though you can see a swirl to the out of focus area in the fifth photo of the flowers. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must take it out for some more thorough field testing in the future.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r

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