Saturday 5th of May: 1 day, 1 roll…

Film, Photography Discussion

So I signed up for this new 1 day, 1 roll event on Manual lens forum last week. The basic idea is to promote the use of 35mm film again via the method of capturing a day in the life of the world through the eyes of different photographers from all over the globe. Our mission was to dust off our favourite old manual film camera and go shoot a whole roll on Saturday May the 5th. Then within the next 15 days we were to have the roll developed, then share that roll, relatively unprocessed (of course allowing for basic levels etc.) in whole somewhere then post a link back to the whole gallery along with our favourite 3.I enjoyed this challenge on the weekend and found it a great idea. I got my roll back from processing on Monday and was very happy with the results.

 

I thought I would use this day by taking the opportunity to kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak. I started by grabbing out my trusty old Minolta X700 and mounting my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual lens as I had been wanting to test it on film, and I was afraid some of the places I might go today might call for the extra f-stops over my Minolta 50mm f2 manual lens.
I then grabbed out 2 rolls of Fuji Pro 160s expired in 2010 that I had been just itching to test, and set out on my day of film photography. I started off by driving down to Fremantle as I like to get away from my local area, and headed out to the old abandoned Power station down there. I have a project that I am helping a friend with that requires some urban decay shots, so this seemed an appropriate place to start, and like I said, kill them birds. It was fantastic at the old power station, so stark and industrial and bleak, yet intensely colorful from all the graffiti art. Not wanting an entire roll on dilapidated buildings, I decided to head into the Fremantle city center to shoot some street around the markets there. I thought a bit of contrast to my urban decay for the roll. As the day started to round into evening I turned up to Reabold Hill before the light faded to shoot some last shots of nature and the view to end the roll on a nice serene vibe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to the next one in a month. I thought I might just take the time to share with you all my roll here. I hope you enjoy!

Till next time, keep well and happy snapping!  😀

Ilford XP2 400iso on Minolta X700 using Minolta 50mm f2 – 29-4-12

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

Since getting back into shooting film more again, and inspired by some of the phenomenal works that some guys have shot around the net. I had the desire to shoot some B&W film for a while now. I have already shot a roll of Kentmere 400, however being traditional B&W I have not been able to get it developed down the local C41 lab. So while that roll chills in the fridge till I can justify driving the 100 odd km’s to the nearest professional processing place, I loaded a roll of XP2 into my Minolta X700 and enjoyed shooting it over the last 2 w/e’s, using my Minolta 50mm F2 lens.

I am quite happy with the results, if not a little bright, but I think this may be down to the store processing. They did manage to scan them the wrong way so I had to go and flip the images in Photoshop, I hope I didn’t miss any. I wanted to present them more as I got them. I will have a go at correcting them a little in Photoshop at a later date.

Here are a few of my shots. I hope you enjoy. Very Happy

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In my haste, I accidentally shot these first few at 200iso, so some are a little over exposed.

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Kodak Ektar 100iso on Minolta 700si using Minolta 35-80 F4-5.6 zoom – 29-4-12

Miscellaneous

As you know, I have been on a film kick since just after Christmas, culminating in me recently acquiring over 200 rolls of various types of film.

On Sunday of this last w/e I finally got out for a short break in the rainy weather, to go and shoot my first test roll of Kodak Ektar… and I have to say I am very happy with the results of this spectacularly vibrant film.
I was worried that maybe my cams metering was slightly off since the images still seemed a little bright to me. But I read in a post recently that store dev scans have a tendency for being brighter than they should. It was actually an overcast day with erratic showers.

Here are a few of my test shots anyhow. I hope you enjoy.

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Swan river South Perth Foreshore – Kodak Ultramax 400 in Minolta 700si using Minolta 35-80 F4-5.6 zoom

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

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 700si using my Minolta 35-80mm auto zoom lens on Kodak Ultramax 400iso film.

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This first shot was actually taken at home while I was making sure everything was all wound on correctly.

 

 

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

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

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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Swan river South Perth Foreshore – Agfa Vista Plus 400iso in Minolta 500si using Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

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 700si using my Minolta 35-80mm auto zoom lens on Agfa Vista Plus 400iso film.

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Minolta X700 using Minolta 50mm F2 test shot first roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400iso

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

My Minolta X700 had arrived a couple of months back while I was at work. I raced home to throw on one of my Minolta 50mm F2 manual lenses and bang in a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400iso. I ran out and shot whatever I could around my neighboring streets before the sun went down, then rushed the film off for processing. Both camera and film outperformed my expectations. I did however in my haste, over expose these shots by 2 stops. This could account for the extra vibrant colours.

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

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

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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Test roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso through my Minolta 500si using Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom

Cameras, Film, Lenses, Photography Discussion

This series is the first test roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso I put through my Minolta 500si using my Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom.
Just taken round the house and down the local park.

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These first 4 were taken at home, the first 2 being a bright and colourful Canna flower, the last 2 being my 2 dogs Babydoll & Dengis.

The rest of these were taken on a walk down the local park. In the end there were these huge flocks of these Pink & Grey Galahs, I was so drawn to shooting them.

This is one of my favourite shots the I have ever captured.

 

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

Film, Photography Discussion

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.https://i0.wp.com/www.metalforfishes.com/images/film_stitches/Perth_city_kodak400film_7imgstitch_web.jpg?resize=638%2C122

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:

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 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.