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

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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Perth City – Fuji Superia Xtra 400 in Minolta 700si using Minolta 35-80 F4-5.6 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 700si using my Minolta 35-80mm auto zoom lens on Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso film. This lot of photos is actually from after we left the foreshore and went into town for coffee.

 

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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:

http://www.metalforfishes.com/images/film_stitches/Perth_city_agfa400film_7imgstitch_web.jpg
 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.

A day of shooting: Kings Park on film cameras, digital cameras, even our phones!

A few weeks ago Lisa and I were stuck for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Feeling like getting out of the house, and Lisa wanting to participate in the Panorama challenge on her Tadaa iPhone app, we decided to go to Kings park for a morning of shooting.

Bee in front of City

This shot was taken on my Minolta 700si using Fuji Superia 35mm film

I hadn’t been to Kings Park in a few years. I instantly fell in love with the place all over again after only moments of starting to walk around the beautiful gardens. I had to try taking some nice stitches with the Nex5, the setting was just too beautiful, even if the day was a tad overcast.

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 22 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm f2 manual lens.

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 33 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm F2 manual lens

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 21 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm F2 manual lens

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 18 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens
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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 16 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens

Of course half the point of coming was so Lisa could shoot some stitches on her iPhone using the Auto Stitch app. So we took turns in snapping a few off.

 

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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4

I could not leave my little Motorola Defy out of the party. The battery was dying (surprise, surprise) So I only took one using my Photaf image stitching app. for Android.

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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on my Motorola Defy

Always keeping my Minolta 500si and 700si loaded for just such occasions I could not help myself but to snap of a roll or 2 of Fuji Superia 35mm film in both.

Minolta 500si on Fuji Superia

Minolta 700si on Fuji Superia

I could not leave out the good old Nex5 could I? Of course not so I also shot some with my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens and my Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens. With some great results.

Minolta 45mm f2 manual lens

Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens

All in all it was a very good day out for us and great day of shooting… it’s was made even that bit better as I picked up my Pentax KX when we dropped in the films for developing after this.

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!