Roll #56 – Rollei Retro 80S

Rollei Retro 80S (120 Medium Format)

Since the start of 2017, I’m having to deal with family issues, that drain the energy out of me. Lately it’s getting really hard to be motivated to do anything at all. That’s why there weren’t that many updates in the last weeks / months.

I’ve rewatched Zack Arias’ Transform short film a couple of days ago and will make an effort to still *make* something. In the meanwhile here are some shots of me trying out one of Rollei’s high silver films. I really really liked the 80S and will try the 400S next.

Leipzig, Germany – July / August 2017

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Medium format (120), black/white, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 80

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 3,5/80 mm lens) + Rollei Retro 80S
Film bought for 4,75 EUR (~ $5.60) via macodirect.
Developed in R09 (Rodinal) 1+50.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.


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 #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.