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Swan river South Perth Foreshore – Kodak Ultramax 400 in Minolta 500si using Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom

A couple of weeks ago we decided to drive down to the South Perth Foreshore of the Swan River to take some photos since it was such a nice sunny day. Lisa and I shot multiple cameras both film and digital, this gallery is just the pics from my Minolta 500si using my Minolta 35-70mm auto zoom lens on Kodak Ultramax 400iso film.

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These first few shots on the roll were taken at home




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Test roll of Kodak Ultramax 400iso through my Minolta 500si using Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom

These shots are taken from my first test roll of Kodak Ultramax 400iso film I put through my Minolta 500si to compare to the Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso I had shot previously.

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These first few shots were taken around my mate Marty’s house. He has spectacular gardens and ponds.

I was driving home after dropping off a film for developing and I saw the sky looked like it was shaping up to be beautiful sunset. So I raced to the nearest shoreline I could get to, so I could snap off a few shots.

Again after dropping off a film for developing (could have even been the same night), however this time it was later at night where only 1 or 2 shops were open in the complex and no-one was around. Normally you are not allowed to take pictures in the shopping center, but with no-one around it made for an interesting subject and there seemed to be no security guards around to stop me. haha


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Film: a growing addiction… to try lower iso films?

After having GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) in my many other hobbies, namely music and fish keeping, my newly found love of acquiring old manual lenses to go in front of my Nex5 quickly led to my newly re-found love of shooting film on my growing collection of film cameras. At first just wanting to get out and shoot and not really too fussed about the results, I just bought general purpose 400iso film. Being the junky for comparisons that I am, I bought 10 rolls each of fuji superia, kodak ultramax& agfa vist. Haha
Wanting to shoot some b&w, I also procured some kentmere 400 b&w.http://www.metalforfishes.com/images/film_stitches/Perth_city_kodak400film_7imgstitch_web.jpg

This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on
Kodak Ultramax 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)

Now, I had the cameras and I had some film all I needed now was somewhere to get my film processed. I did the ring-a-round and found a local place that would develop my c-41 (standard 35mm neg. colour developer) film for me. Unfortunately I realised too late the kentmere was not c-41, so I ordered some ilford xp2.

I have now shot a few rolls of my diff. 400iso colour films, with some great coloured sunsets in the evening low-light, but they were rather washed out in broad daylight. The fuji had the finest grain, but is a little colder in palette. The kodak is warmer with chunkier grain and the agfa is down the middle if not a little burnt looking.

Examples can be found in previous posts:
A day of shooting: Kings Park on film cameras, digital cameras, even our phones!
Minolta X700: Unexpected great old performer.
Canon Ex-1 Auto: First test roll
Film: Roll 2 comes back… Fuji vs Kodak
Film: A return to a long lost love!

So, I ordered some slide film, a couple of rolls of Fuji provia, a couple of Fuji velvia, a few of Kodak elite chrome and a few Agfa precisia, I look forward to their results. However, knowing my local developer only processes c-41, I knew I needed to sort out somewhere that would do slide and b&w as well. So on the weekend I went out and shots some more 400iso colour, which confirmed my suspicions about it washing out in full sun, but I also shot a roll of the kentmere to force myself to find somewhere that could process it, so I could test it. After looking around I found somewhere, they are however a fair distance away and charge $31 for developing and scan to disc, compared to the $12 I pay at my local for c-41 developing and scan to disc. I will still use my kentmere and slide films…just sparingly as the development is over twice what c-41 costs me.

I then remembered I had seen examples of kadak ektar which was very sharp, vibrant and had fine grain. So I started looking into higher grade c-41 films for shooting and getting better results…in the end I ordered 17 rolls of Kodak ektar 100, 10 of Fuji pro160s, 15 of kodak prophotoxl 100 and 10 rolls of Kodak portra and of course some more xp2!!

Now, hopefully I should get much nicer results in daylight…however I am also going to have half a fridge full of film! Haha

Is anyone else as bad as me? If so what is your favourite of these more professional grade c-41 films?

I will keep you all posted on my results.

Here are some of the shots I took on various 400iso colour film down on the river fore shore and in Perth on the w/e:

This is the second stitch I took on this day:

 This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on
Agfa Vista Plus 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)

This is the first roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last pic is from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.

This is the second roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last 6 pics are from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.

This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Agfa Vista Plus 400. This film is impressing me more and more, the longer I review the images. It’s colour is excellent, as is it’s grain profile for 400 speed consumer grade film. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.


This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Fuji Superia Xtra 400. This film is quite impressive too for 400 speed consumer film. However, I find it’s palette to be much cooler. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.


I also shot a roll on Kentmere B&W film in my 700si about town, but until I can find a good non c-41 film developer. Those images will have to be shown another day.

I feel from these you can see what I was talking about by the colours being ever so slightly washed out and the highlights are blown in many of these shots taken under our harsh Aussie sun. I am hoping by trying a few of the nice lower iso films I will correct these two issues and create even better images. Though the 400iso did perform well in the lower light scenarios. It makes me beg the question as to whether I should also have a camera loaded with 400iso as well as another loaded with a lower iso, just so I cover all my bases.

I will share my results with you guys and I welcome any thoughts on films to try.

Film: Roll 2 comes back… Fuji vs Kodak

Today started out rather average I must admit. Being the only one called into work the day after Australia day is never what you want. It was tedious and everything seemed to be playing up, but it did not get to me too much, I knew I could pick up my second roll of film today, the roll of Kodak 400 I shot after the Fuji 400 I shot first.

The first thing I did today when I left work was to rush down to see my mate Max Dellaway camera guru, as I had given him my newly acquired Jupiter 8 to clean for me as it was terribly dirty. Of course upon receiving it back it was perfect, I can never fault Max’s work. He also had a new toy for me, a working Minolta 700si! I was very happy, as I had a nice Minolta 30-80 just sitting there waiting for it.

Anyway, upon leaving Max’s I rushed to my local Big W to pick up my second film. I practically raced back to my car, to check the digital scan disc on my car stereo dvd player. Again I was very happy with the results, great colour! I am not sure yet whether I can truly spot any difference between the Kodak and the Fuji, I want to say the Kodak seems to be warmer and the Fuji has more greens, but I believe that to just be the difference between the two different types of subject matter. (I really should have shot more similar things for better comparison) I like the colour in both and I also like that characteristic slight film graining. I will keep shooting some film for fun, it is great!
Here is the two sets for comparison,
I hope you enjoy.

First up the newly shot Kodak film:


and secondly the Fuji I shot 2 days beforehand:

I think you can be the judge yourself of these first two test rolls over which you prefer.

I actually went out and shot with my new 500si and 700si on Kodak film and my Nex-5 digital to try and do a comparison of similar subject matter between the 3 for next week. I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying shooting my 2 Minolta film cameras, they are both a dream to shoot!

Film: A return to a long lost love!

Man I love film!!
After years of only shooting digital, I felt like giving film a whirl again as I love the grittiness of it… it is so raw and beautiful, the imperfections make it special!
Anyway, just got my first film back, had to wait 2 days! haha
…and the anticipation…. whew, I was hoping they were ok….
and then you open the first photo and you see this!!

Man, I love film!! 😀 – my facebook comment last night. (this photo is straight from the file given to me after processing. No post editing what so ever!)


I’ve been shooting digital exclusively for about 8 years now. I have been totally happy with digital, it had not even occurred to me to give film a whirl again until I received two old film camera bodies, with a lens I got on ebay. The thought crossed my mind to give them a go, however I just shelved them, more concerned with playing with the lenses on my digital.
Anyway, a few weeks later I was on Steve Huff’s blog and he posted one of his daily inspirations, it was Nepal shot on Kodak Kodachrome film. It looked awesome! The film just had so much character! I started looking back into the merits of shooting film when I came across Ken Rockwells site, another treasure trove of info, and some great general film shots from him to prove it’s validity still.
So I went straight to ebay and ordered 10 rolls of Fuji 400 Superior and 5 roll of Kent-mere B&W 400 and pulled down the old Minolta 404si I had planned to now shoot (I have a real soft spot for Minolta gear).
(Shots of cameras etc. were shot with our NEX-5 using my MIIDA 35mm manual lens)

I was lucky enough to visit with Lisa’s parents later that afternoon, after they heard about my intended venture into film, they bestowed upon me a great opportunity. They pulled out the old 1974 Canon Ex-auto rangefinder camera. This is beautiful, this is a piece of art, this is from back when real cameras were made of heavy metal!

Wanting to get them serviced before I went out shooting, I took them down to see my friend Max Dellaway camera serviceman extraordinaire. If you have any problems with any camera or lens I can recommend no-one better to take your loved camera equipment to, he is a fountain of knowledge and does fantastic work.
Back to the story at hand, Max Inspects the 404si for me, then walks over to his ‘junk box’ pulls out a perfect looking 500si and says ‘this one is clean, I’ll sell it to you for $30, I’d charge you $50 to clean that one’. I of course jumped at that deal, how could I not and went home a very happy man. With a nice clean Minolta 500si and a cleaned and serviced Canon Ex-Auto, my anticipation for the arrival of my film was building.

Funnily enough my first 10 rolls of Fuji arrived that very afternoon, so of course I had to go test shooting. I loaded up the first roll in the 500si and went out the back and snapped a couple of flowers and our 2 dogs. It was a very satisfying clunk as the shutters opened and closed, then the thought ‘I hope that is a good one’. Ahh film, how different it is, you do not know whether you wasted your time or not until you get the film back from processing.

Not wanting to waste my whole first roll at home I put it to bed till the next Monday afternoon when I decided to go to the park to test it in a few scenarios. I took my time playing with the settings, getting used to focusing through an optical viewfinder again. I snapped birds and trees and rocks, until that whirring noise that indicates you have finished your film and it is being re-wound back to the start. I quickly ran back to the car and drove straight to Joondalup Big W, where I had found out earlier in the day, still processed film and would scan the negs to disc for me for $12.95.

I walked on into the Big W and the first thing you see is this massive Fuji booth, is it just me or is film coming back? Apparently Fuji posted an increase in their film sales last year, maybe this is the reason for the investment back into processing booths. Either way I dropped off my film and was informed it would be ready in 2 days, so I bought a roll of Kodak to compare to the Fuji I had just shot and went straight out and shot some sunsets. hahaha So addicted to shooting.

Anyway 2 days passed and the day had arrived to pick up my film. I was filled with both anticipation hoping they were good and trepidation hoping they weren’t crap. I dropped off the roll of Kodak I had just finished shooting  and picked up my disc and negs. I practically ran to the car, not wanting to wait to check the pics, I threw the disc straight into my dvd player car stereo. Bang, they looked awesome, but they were small and contrasty on my crappy computer screen, so I had to race hope to check them on my monitor. I raced through the door straight to the computer and loaded them up, they are awesome! Man I love film, from the unknown of whether you made the shot, to the vibrant colours and characteristic grain that only comes from great film.

Here are the shots from that first test roll, I am very happy, I can’t wait to see the results of the Kodak and my B&W film. I will definitely be shooting some art pieces in film again, there is just something about it you cannot attain with digital. I still love digital and will shoot it a majority of the time, however my film shooting will now increase again too, there is just something so magical about it.
Here is a slideshow of that first test roll, I hope you enjoy:

(Photo-bucket is playing the photos in reverse so all the bird shots are at the front, please just click to the end if you want to see the other shots)

I intend to go out shooting with the Canon EX-auto too and test using different films in the future, I will post my results here.

Kodak files for bankruptcy – A whole generation will never know ‘A Kodak Moment’

It turns out that as of January 19th 2012 Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern district of New York.
As it turns out they have been in a downward decline for the last few years, having trouble with adapting to the new digital world. It does seem funny that the company that was seen as the big yellow grandaddy of photography, seems to have been all but sunk by it’s own brainchild, digital photography.

Having dominated the world of film, it seems they were slow in coming to grips with the fast uptake of digital photo taking worldwide. Instead of embracing this new digital world by creating new devices to participate in the race, it seems they feared for it and instead tried to protect their dying film business. Ultimately it would seem it would be their downfall.
So what will it be for the cherished technologies produced by Kodak,  that people still enjoy to this day? Will it mean the end for all they have created? What will happen to their beloved sensor used in Leica digital cameras and their famed Kodachrome films?

Thankfully it would seem no. Last year they offloaded their sensor technologies to a holding firm, who is now looking at offering this intellectual property to the highest bidder. Rumor has it that Samsung and Sony are currently in a bidding war for this technology. I personally would hope that Sony would acquire it, as it is widely believed their sensors in the NEX-5n very closely rival that of the Kodak sensor used in Leica cameras. So lets hope that technology goes to a company who knows how to implement it.

As for Kodak’s classic films… The rumor mills believe Fuji is in the process of making a bid for the Kodak factory and film technologies.
It would seem all is not lost. The great technologies they created will live on, albeit re-branded.

So what will happen to the Kodak name in the future?  Who knows?… the most probable outcome will be that after all the technological bones have been picked, the name will be sold off and most likely just become a brand name tacked on cheap knock off cameras in the future. It is very sad for a company that was once the unquestionable giant of photography, to now have been reduced to but a shell of everything their founder worked for. It would seem Fuji is our new photography visionary for the future?

It is sad to think of the generations that will now pass through this world never knowing what a ‘Kodak moment’ is…