Week #11 – Svema Color 125

Svema Color 125
Svema Color 125 (hand rolled in reused cartridge)

Last weekend I attended a DeviantArt photography meetup in Halle, Germany. The weather wasn’t that great for most of the time, but on the second day the sun came out in the afternoon – the perfect opportunity to check out the Svema Color 125.

I didn’t know anything about Svema before seeing it in the FPP Store. Looks like it’s from the Ukraine, which would explain the muted/normal colors, if compared to the more saturated film stock from Japan (Fujifilm), or USA (Kodak).

Halle, Germany – March 2015


35mm, color negative film from eastern europe, hand rolled, 24 exposures, ISO 125, non-DX. No markings of any kind on film, no manufacturer, no numbers, nothing!

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + FPP Svema Color 125
Film bought for ~6 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Developed by FotoStudio 80. Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Tool – 135 Film Cartridge DX Decoder

DX Encoding
DX Encoding on a roll of Fujifilm Neopan 400

Yesterday I should have worked on something else, but instead I procrastinated for a few hours by coding something very simple to read out the black and silver squares at the back of 35mm film cartridges.

» 135 Film Cartridge DX Decoder

Week #10 – Ilford Delta 3200

Ilford Delta 3200 (120 medium format)
Ilford Delta 3200 (120 medium format)

The longer the project is going on, the more hurdles are showing up…

  • Technical: This week my local lab stopped developing pushed film and they only process slide film when they have at least 4 rolls.
  • Legal: I can’t use photos showing faces unless it’s a crowd. That’s the abridged version, the whole issue is a bit more complex than that.
  • Artistic: One medium format roll holds only 12 images and I have to show at least some of them at the end. Usually I show some, that I don’t find that good.

To sum it up: everything takes longer than expected, there are fewer images to show than expected and I keep on whining more than expected.

For now I’ll shut up and show some photographs:

Leipzig book fair – March 2015


Medium format (120), black/white negative film, 12* exposures, ISO 3200

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Ilford Delta 3200.
Film bought for ~6 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Self-Developed @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

*) exposures depend on the format. 6×6 -> 12 exposures.

Week #09 – Leipzig book fair

As I’m currently attending Leipzig book fair 2015, there won’t be something new to show this week. But I’m quite actively taking photos, so there’ll be enough content for the next couple of weeks.

I already finished a roll of AGFA Scala (35mm, black/white slide – yes B/W SLIDE!) and a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 (medium format). A roll of Lomography Color 800 (medium format) is nearly done as well.

I guess I need to buy some more high ISO film stock, most of what I have ends at 400 and the local lab can process pushed film only up to +1.5 stops.

Week #08 – Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400 (120 roll film)
Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400 (120 roll film)

While I’m researching legal things regarding my NOLEGIDA demonstration photos, here are (again) some medium format squares.

I originally bought the film to have some sort of cheap color backup, but I think it can stand on its own.

Superia renders colors a bit more realistically – it would be interesting to compare it to Fujicolor Pro 400H some day.

Leipzig, Germany – Feb 2015


Medium format (120), color negative, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 400, expired June 2014.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400
Film bought for 4 EUR via Photo Lang.
Developed @ FotoStudio 80 (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.