When I started this project I asked around among my friends if someone had old film I could use. One of them handed me a roll of APS (Advanced Photo System) film and a cheap plastic point & shoot camera.
There were already two exposed frames on the film, that were shot ~10 years ago, which helps to somewhat date the film. Developing the film was still doable, but the lab couldn’t scan it. So I had to fiddle the cartridge open with the help of a Youtube tutorial and a screwdriver.
Scanning it was quite a challenge since I don’t have a APS negative holder. I basically used masking tape to keep it flat. I’m not sure yet if I want to shoot more APS film in the future.
If I do, I probably should research APS scanning some more – like building masks or such.
APS Format, color negative film, 25 exposures, ISO 200.
Shot in APS-H Mode: 30.2 mm × 16.7 mm -> ca. 16:9
AGFA FUTURA fixfocus 2 (24mm f4.5 Agfa lens) + Kodak APS 200
Film kindly donated by Hauke von Grimm.
Developed by Foto Schröter (Riesa, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.
It took quite a while to get these developed. The local photo lab I normally use can’t develop pushed film anymore, because the control panel of their processing machine broke.
They said maybe it can be fixed, maybe it can’t. Shows you the current state of analog photography. Not only are films being discontinued, also labs close and equipment breaks beyond repair, or financial viability.
I really hope the resurgence of film continues and fixes some of these problems. Until then, I’ll keep on carrying this vaguely cold gut feeling around.