Roll #59 – Adox CHS 100 II

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Adox CHS 100 II (Black/White, ISO 100, 36 exposures)

Back in May I went on a Lichtküche e.V. photo walk. We crawled through abandoned buildings, walked along a disused railroad track and ended the evening in a small pub.

“Lost places” was something I didn’t shoot in maybe a decade. It was quite nostalgic to walk through the different levels and look at bare pillars once again. But I’m glad I moved on from that.

Leipzig, Germany – May 2018

 

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35mm black/white film, ISO 100, 36 exposures

Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
Developed in ID-11 (1+1)
Scanned with Epson V550
Minimal post-processing in Adobe Lightroom

Roll #58 – ORWO UN 54

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ORWO UN 54 / ISO 100 / 35mm black and white cinema film

There is quite a bit of film stock, that I already shot, but didn’t upload to the blog. Maybe I should prepare some posts ahead of time and schedule them, so that there’s a steady flow of new material. I’m still a bit unsure about what to do with this project.

For now here’s some East-German black and white cinema film, that I quite like. Sadly it’s somewhat hard to get. As I understand it, the manufacturer only offers 122m as minimal order volume. So your best bet is to hunt for already hand-rolled cartridges on eBay.

All images were taken during a FoDo photo walk around a big shopping mall called “Paunsdorf Center”. / The history of ORWO is a good read as well.

Leipzig-Paunsdorf, Germany / June 2018

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35mm black/white cinema film, ISO 100

Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8D + Yellow Filter
Developed in A49 (1+2)
Scanned with Epson V550
Edited in Adobe Lightroom

Roll #57 – Rollei Vario Chrome

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Rollei Vario Chrome (35mm, 36 exposures, ISO 200–400)

Last year (or the year before?) I bought a 5-pack of this slide film. Only through testing by other people it was revealed to be old expired film stock. So it’s nice packaging, but you’ll get mixed results.

I think I’ll try to sell the other 4 rolls I have left. The colors are quite moody and can be nice, but I’m kinda over the expired look.

Edit: After a couple of days I’m not so sure anymore. I start to like the colors. Maybe I *will* use the rest myself.

Leipzig, Germany – November 2018

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35mm slide film (36 exp.), originally ISO 400, but long since expired

Praktica LTL2 + Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50mm + Rollei Vario Chrome
Film bought for way too much at can’t remember
Developed and scanned by NimmFilm
Postprocessing in Adobe Lightroom

My First Roll With: Canonet 28

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Canonet 28 (with a fixed 40mm f2.8 lens)

Last week I met up with Isabel (Farbstich – Natur im Blick) and got this lovely Canonet 28 as a gift. Thanks again! It’s a fixed lens (40mm f2.8) rangefinder – a type of camera I’m increasingly interested in.

While focusing is different from a SLR, it’s still just a box that captures light. But I somehow really like the 40mm focus length. For years I mainly shot with a 50mm lens, then I had my “one year of 35mm f8+” project. Now the 40mm is nicely in the middle of it.

Maybe I’ll use it for the current photography workshop I’m attending…

Leipzig, Germany – November 2018

 

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Canonet 28 + Kentmere 400 / Developed in Ilfotec DD-X (1+4)
Scanned with Epson V550 / Edited in Lightroom

Roll #44 – AGFA Vista Plus 400

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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 Foto24.de.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #43 – ORWO CNS 100

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ORWO CNS 100 (expired)

After taking over the family photo albums and scanning dozens of negatives, one film stock really stood out for me: old ORWO color film. I liked the somewhat muted realistic colors a lot. And so began a long hunt on eBay.

After several months I finally got my hands on 5 rolls of CNS 100. They expired in the early 2000s – not that bad. As a precaution I exposed the film as ISO 50 (instead of 100) and developed it normally. And wow, I love love love the colors. Now I have to get more rolls.

Oh and please ignore the weird texture on some / most (okay all) of the photos, I still have to work a lot on my rinsing / drying skills. #finishednotperfect

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany / Sept + Aug 2016

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35mm, color negative film, ISO 100 (exposed at 50), 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL 2 + Helios-44-2 f2/58mm  + ORWO CNS 100 (expired ~2001)
Film bought for ?!? (can’t remember) via eBay.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #37 – Adox Color Implosion 100

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Adox Color Implosion 100 (35mm Format)

While testing the film/camera combination for my Memories book project, I attended a district expedition in Leipzigs biggest district “Grünau”. There’s a lot of old socialist architecture (faceless concrete everywhere), but lately a lot of green was added.

The expedition featured a pseudo-scientific logbook with a map and tasks, which were quite engaging to complete.

I used to live near there as a child, so it was interesting / strange to return as an adult. The film used is advertised as “surreal color film”, so it fit my mood quite well. The strange border on two of the photos is the film ripping in half, when I tried to rewind it, making the only camera I brought unusuable after the first roll of film.

Leipzig / Grünau, Germany – May 2016

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35mm, color negative, 36 exposures, ISO 100–400

Voigtländer Vito BL (Color Skopar 3.5/50mm) + Adox Color Implosion 100 @ EI 800
Film bought for ~5,40 EUR via Fotoimpex (Berlin, Germany).
Developed by myself (Rollei C-41 kit) @ new Lab-Project (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

[Thoughts] Fujifilm X-T1

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Fujifilm X-T1 / Image source: http://www.fujifilm.eu)

There will be no film images this week. Two rolls of Lomography Color Negative (Medium Format) are done. But the new local “lab” I’ll be testing, is out of chemicals. It’s a small operation for development and scanning film, that’s getting ready to start its service in 2016. On the plus side: after developing, the images will be scanned with a Nikon Coolscan film scanner!

So instead I’ll be sharing my thoughts and images made with the Fujifilm X-T1, which I was able to test during the 500px Fujifilm Photo Walk for ~3 hours. Not enough time for a “review”, so here are just a couple of thoughts.


Originally I was looking for a small, lightweight digital camera, that I could carry around all the time. I looked at the Fujifilm X100S/T, but the fixed lens is a 35mm equivalent and with the tele conversion lens on top the camera is big again.

Size / Weight

The size and the weight of the camera were a little bit higher, than I was expecting, but still completely okay. The kit lens made it quite a bit bulkier. If I should ever use a X-type Fujifilm camera in the future, it will be with a prime lens anyway.

Handling / Electronic Viewfinder

You often hear other photographer say “The camera is just a tool.” and that’s the main thing I had to think about, while using the X-T1. No idea if that’s a good or bad thing. It only takes pictures, it’s not a magic box. You still have to do, what you always do. What you have to do with any camera.

The electronic viewfinder was confusing. I could see pixels, the colors were wrong (blue tint to everything), it was dark, it was strange. Maybe there are better settings. I’m used to big optical viewfinders and this was my first time using an electronic one. I didn’t like it that much. Maybe it was just the difference I didn’t like, not the viewfinder itself. Lets see how they improve in the future.

Lens / Focal Lengths

The kit zoom lens was okay, but I really missed having a prime lens. Looking at the used focal lengths afterwards was quite surprising. Most of them hovered around 35mm. Multiply that with 1.5 (the APS-C to full frame crop factor) and you end up at around 50mm – the focal length I usually shoot with. Seems as can take the 50mm out of my hands, but not out of my brain.

I would have loved to try the camera with the new Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 attached. Well, maybe another time…

I found out during the test, that I actually prefer a wheel dial to an aparture control ring on the lens. Old habits, I guess.

Image Quality / Colors

The only digital files I can compare them with are those of my Nikon D7100. Image quality is good. Colors are better, than the “unprocessed” Nikon files. But since I use film emulation for almost all my digital files anyway, in the end it doesn’t matter.

Conclusion

It’s a good looking black box that takes pictures, like any other camera. There’s almost religious hype around the camera, that I couldn’t understand while testing the camera for 3 hours. Maybe it takes more time. Maybe it takes being a photographer, that I’m not.

I’ll keep an eye on future camera developments from Fujifilm. Until then I’ll stick with what I already have and focus on improving myself, instead of changing gear.


500px Fujifilm Photo Walk Leipzig, Germany | September 2015


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Gear: Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4 (kit lens)

Post processing: Lightroom + VSCO Film #00