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.

Roll #46 – Fujicolor Super HR 100

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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.

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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.

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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.

[Update] Ilford FP4 Plus 125

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A bunch of film and even cameras!

Last month (December 2016) I participated in the Emulsive Secret Santa. I got several rolls of film and the first one – Ilford FP4 for medium format – is finally done.

I still have to perfect putting in film into the Pentacon to avoid those overlapping frames (transport problem). Guess that’s the drawback for buying cheap/old gear. But since I’m not going to rob a bank anytime soon, I’ll work with what I have.

Leipzig, Germany – January 2017

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Medium format (120), black/white negative film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 125

Pentacon Six TL + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2.8/80 + Ilford FP4 Plus
Film gifted by Gregory Antikian – thanks again!
Self-Developed (A49) @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.