[Thoughts] Fujifilm X100F

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This month I had the chance to test the Fujifilm X100F (thanks Matthias!) during a short trip to egapark Erfurt (german website). It was overcast, rained a little bit, but we had fun trying out new cameras.

I didn’t have the camera long enough to write a full review, so I’ll just list some random thoughts and images. In the end I felt like it was just another metal box, that made images – not the over?-hyped camera I’ve read lots of articles and watched lots of youtube videos about. But I did want to shoot it more at the end of the trip, so who knows…

I liked the optical viewfinder with frame lines, I’m not quite sure about the electronic viewfinder – but I haven’t really used one so far. It’s nice you don’t have to go into the menu to change things – you can turn actual physical knobs on the camera itself. Battery life is a bit challenging.

Somehow I don’t think I shoot differently then with my current always-with-me camera: the Olympus XA2. Also with a fixed 35mm lens. If you want to compare the following shots with my usual analog output, you can take a loot at my instagram.

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egapark / Erfurt, Germany / July 2018
Fujifilm X100F / Fujinon 23mm f2 / 24,3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

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Roll #56 – Rollei Retro 80S

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Rollei Retro 80S (120 Medium Format)

Since the start of 2017, I’m having to deal with family issues, that drain the energy out of me. Lately it’s getting really hard to be motivated to do anything at all. That’s why there weren’t that many updates in the last weeks / months.

I’ve rewatched Zack Arias’ Transform short film a couple of days ago and will make an effort to still *make* something. In the meanwhile here are some shots of me trying out one of Rollei’s high silver films. I really really liked the 80S and will try the 400S next.

Leipzig, Germany – July / August 2017

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Medium format (120), black/white, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 80

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 3,5/80 mm lens) + Rollei Retro 80S
Film bought for 4,75 EUR (~ $5.60) via macodirect.
Developed in R09 (Rodinal) 1+50.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #55 – Ferrania P30

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Ferrania P30 (35mm, Alpha)

My HGB photography workshop came to an end, so I have a bit of a more free head now. At the same time my pre-ordered rolls of Ferrania P30 arrived. What better thing to do, than load a camera and go out for a walk.

I think the things I see during the workshop – through exhibitions, photography books and the other attendees – is influencing my current interest / style. Not sure if I like it, or where it will lead.

One thing that’s a lot on my mind lately is to talk less about technical stuff and focus more on subject. Let’s see how this will go as well…

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany / July 2017

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35mm, black & white film, 36 exposures, ISO 80.

Praktica LTL2 + Helios 58mm/f2 + Ferrania P30
Film bought for ? EUR from Ferrania Website (with Kickstarter Bonus).
Developed with R09 (Rodinal) 1+50
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

 

Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

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Kodak Portra 160VC (Medium Format, expired 07/2000)

Somehow I started a small photo project on the topic “Blue”. The first images were taken with Leo (of Kupfer & Eisen) along a small canal near her apartment. I didn’t really have a plan, but Leo helped out immensely.

Some photos came out great, some very strange – guess that’s what you get for using film stock, that expired 17 years ago. I’ll probably use up what I have and focus on buying fresh film after that.

Leipzig–Plagwitz, Germany / May 2017

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Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 160, expired 07/2000, shot at ISO 64.

Pentacon Six + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2,8/80 + Kodak Portra 160VC
Film bought for ~3,20 EUR via eBay.
Developed with Tetenal C-41 kit.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #53 – Rollei Superpan 200

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Rollei Superpan 200 (Medium Format)

The 52 rolls project is finished, but I still have film stock left. This one I got from a trade with Ruslan. I shot everything on one afternoon and there’s some sort of chain/fence theme going on…

Until now I used whatever developer the community darkroom provides (usually Atomal 49). For this one I started looking into taking more control. So I  researched developers, ordered Rodinal concentrate online and mixed it in the darkroom myself. It all sounded a bit scary, but after actually doing it, it wasn’t really that difficult.

Leipzig–Stötteritz, Germany / May 2017

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Medium format (120), black/white, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 200.
Film has a clear base (good for scanning) and curls a bit on the long side.

Pentacon Six TL + Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm/f2.8 + Rollei Superpan 200
Film from a trade with Ruslan – Thanks!
Developed @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom
(Rodinal 1+25 / 4:40 min @ 26°C – had to cool down the developer from 29°C!)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #52 – Shanghai GP3 100

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Shanghai GP3 100 (120 Medium Format)

The sprint is over, I finally reached my goal of using 52 different kinds of film. Not in the 52 weeks planned, but shit life happens. Most of it was developed by myself. Except maybe 1-2 rolls, I also scanned everything myself. I think I now – after 2,5 years of doing this – have a better understanding of film photography, developing and scanning.

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I want to write a “Lessons learned” article, but this will take a bit of time. Until then you have some new images to look at. The Pentacon framing problems are back, time to get them under control again.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me as well. Either via comment, or coffeepyros@gmail.com – a reply won’t be instantaneous though.

Thanks for sticking around, or just discovering this blog. We’ll see eachother again…

Leipzig–Reudnitz, Germany / April 2017

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Medium format (120), black/white, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 100.
Film has a clear, very thin base and curls quite a bit.

Pentacon Six TL + Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm/f2.8 + Shanghai GP3 100
Film bought in 2015 for ~4 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Self-Developed (A49) @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #51 – Lomography Earl Grey 100

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Lomography Earl Grey 100 (120 Medium Format), without packaging

Now that the sun is showing its face more often, all the ISO 100 films can creep out of the fridge again. And now that I’m getting closer to the finish line of 52 rolls, I can feel the urge to start into a sprint.

Balancing a somewhat strict schedule – posting every sunday – with going somewhere to shoot some actually interesting photos often fails. Good work takes time (and more than one roll of film).

I haven’t really decided on what to do with the blog, once I reached the original goal. I might continue, but with a slower pace. I might concentrate more on long term projects and use it as some sort of project diary. I might mix both. I might do none. For the moment I’ll focus on the finish line and sprint.

Leipzig–Reudnitz, Germany / April 2017

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Medium format (120), black and white, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 100.
Film has a blueish base and is believed to be repackaged Fomapan 100.

Pentacon Six TL + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm/f2.8 + Lomography Earl Grey 100
Film bought in 2015 for ~5,35 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Self-Developed (A49) @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.