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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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.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 backā€¦ 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.