Roll #52 – Shanghai GP3 100

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.


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 – 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 #41 – Bergger BRF400 Plus

Bergger BRF400 Plus (35mm)

Some weeks ago, we had the “Days of Industrial Heritage” (german website) in Leipzig, during which you could visit working or abandoned industrial sites, attend presentations or visit crazy artist groups taking over a whole building.

The last mentioned art project was “If Paradise Is Half As Nice“, that showed several installations, a photography based animation, performance art and offered very interesting tours through the exhibits and the building itself. “If Paradise…” was my favorite event of all 4 days.

I shot several rolls of film throughout the Days of Industrial Heritage and I’m not sure if and how I should present the rest of them here. I didn’t use new film stock, so I can’t just show them with Roll #42, #43 and so on. I’d have to write a separate article. But then I repeat the images here. Well, I guess I have some thinking to do.

The development itself was a bit tricky – I had not enough developer left for an exact 1:1 dilution, so I poured in all that was left and sort of guessed the time increase (10mins instead of 9:33min). The developer was way too hot as well, so I had to cool it down (25°C down to 20,4°C) in an extra beaker full of semi-cold tap water to get a manageable development time.

But this wrestling with the physicality of film photography is one of the reasons I do it. At the time it’s headache and problem solving, but afterwards it’s immensely rewarding.

Leipzig, Germany | Aug 2016

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35mm, black and white film, ISO 400, 36 exposures.

Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm/1.8D  + Bergger BRF400 Plus
Film bought for 5 EUR via Fotoimpex.
Developed by myself @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
(Developed: Ilford ID-11 / ca. 1+1 / 10min @ 20,4°C)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.