Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

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 #50 – Fujicolor Superia Premium 400

Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia Premium 400 (35mm)


The Superia Premium was one of three film stocks I imported from Japan. The other two being Natura 1600 and Venus 800. It spent quite a while – at least some months – in the camera and was able to see autumn and winter. I’ll probably further reduce the number of cameras I actually shoot with, as hard as it is.

After scanning I noticed a constant line through all my negatives, looks like I scratched it somehow. Maybe while spooling onto the development reel, maybe some other way. But I’m not that sad, the colors are okay-ish, but nothing special.

There are two more rolls (ordered a 3-pack), that will be used for regular day to day shooting and I’ll save the Natura for special projects. Not sure about the Venus yet – have to shoot it first.

Nothing special for roll #50. Two more and I’ll finally reached my goal, except 16+ months late.

Leipzig, Germany – Autumn/Winter 2016/17

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35mm, color negativ film, ISO 400, 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL2 + Helios 58mm/f2 + Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia Premium 400
Film sponsored by Caro.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #49 – Kodak ColorPlus 200

Kodak ColorPlus 200 (35mm format)

During my search for a cheap color film for everyday shooting (no special projects) I stumbled upon this film stock. The price is quite low (2,50 EUR per roll) and a quick look around on the internet showed okay-ish color rendering. I wanted to test it first, before ordering in bulk, so I added a roll to my last c-41 chemistry order.

The images were taken during the middle and end of January. I’m not quite sure about the sometimes stronger, sometimes weaker yellow tint. Guess that’s the drawback you have to accept when using cheaper material? Or its the lens? Questions… questions.

Leipzig-Reudnitz, Germany – Jan 2017

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35mm, color negativ film, ISO 200, 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL2 + Pentacon auto 1.8/50 + Kodak ColorPlus 200
Film bought for 2,50 EUR via Macodirect.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #48 – Kodak T-Max T400 CN

Kodak T-Max T400 CN (expired + discontinued 2003–2004)

Before I got this roll as a gift, it was stored – probably for several years – in the attic, where I also develop my black and white film. It gets quite hot in the summer, not the best kind of long term storage conditions for film. On top of that, the film stock was discontinued at least 12+ years ago. So naturally quality has suffered.

Kodak T-Max T400 CN is the predecessor of Kodak BW400CN (Roll #45) (also discontinued, but only in 2014) and is developed in color chemicals (C-41). I used these kinds of black & white stock (like Ilford XP2 Super 400) a lot when I was younger. You got b/w photos, but the development was cheaper, than regular b/w films at the drugstore. It was sad to see them go. Luckily I can now develop color and b/w films myself – a lot cheaper than sending it to a lab.

Discarded christmas trees, mud, rain – welcome to January in Germany. The photos after that were made during the “HGB Rundgang” exhibition (yearly tour of the Academy of Visual Arts student work), also showing some of my work.

Leipzig, Germany – Jan + Feb 2017

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35mm, “color negative” b/w film, ISO 400, 36 exposures. B/W film, that’s processed in C-41 (color) chemicals. Expired at least 10+ years ago, discontinued in 2003–04.

Nikon F80 + Nikkor AF 50mm/1.8D + Kodak T-Max T400 CN
Film sponsored by Jens.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #47 – Fujicolor Natura 1600

Fujifilm Fujicolor Natura 1600 (35mm)

I think I’m in love. The colors! The warmth! Being able to shoot at night! And still looks good in daylight! Only the price is a bit hefty. Good thing I have friends, who sponsor such delights. Thaaaanks Caro! xD

All images were taken around christmas. The first two in Leipzig(‘s christmas market), the rest while visiting my brother in a rural part of Germany.

On a different note: it seems that I’ll finally finish the “52 rolls of 2015” in… 2017. Only 5 more to go. I can see the finishing line in the distance!

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany – December 2016

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35mm, color negative, ISO 1600, 36 exposures.

Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm / f 1.8
Film ordered from Japan + sponsored by Caro. ❤
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #46 – Fujicolor Super HR 100

Fujicolor Super HR 100 (120 Medium Format), expired 09/1991

Developing color negative film yourself has advantages and disadvantages. You pay less (12 rolls for 30 EUR = 2,50 EUR per roll), but have to wait until you have those 12 rolls shot. Otherwise you develop some rolls, don’t shoot anything for the rest of the month and then have to pour away the chemicals, because they expired. You are flexible (develop anytime you want – even Saturday at night), but still have to wait until those 12 rolls are done.


I shot this on my way to the lab, because I had only 11 rolls and needed another medium format one. It expired in 1991 and I wasn’t sure I’d get anything good. Exposing at ISO 25 worked like a charm. Some frames didn’t turn out that great, but that’s also the case with normal “fresh” rolls.

Being a strange old film I never heard of, I took some more photos than usual. Could be interesting for some people.


Leipzig-Reudnitz, Germany / Feb 2017

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Medium Format (120), color negative, ISO 100, 12 exposures (6×6).
Expired in 09/1991, exposed as ISO 25.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5).
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #44 – AGFA Vista Plus 400

AGFA Vista Plus 400

In July the FoDo (monthly photography meetup) group decided to do a photo walk, instead of our usual critique evening/night. We started at the edge of Leipzig’s city center and kept wandering around. Some might say aimlessly. Some might say with purpose.

I took the photo walk as an opportunity to test a new lens. I’ve been using a 50mm prime for 10+ years now and the new focal length (105mm) was very strange. But wanting to photograph people is new to me as well. I’ll have to see if the 105mm is something I can/will use to take portraits, or if I’ll go back to the familiar feel of 50mm.

On top of that I’m quite new to developing color photos myself as well. The main problem area at the moment is washing the film:

Left: after first round of washing / right: after a second round of washing. Consistent scanning is still an issue as well. I guess there’s a reason why professional film labs charge that much…

Leipzig, Germany – July 2016

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35mm, color negative film, ISO 400, 36 exposures.

Zenit-E + Super Takumar f2.8/105mm (M42)
Film bought for 2.95 EUR via
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.