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

Two Rolls With: Holga 120

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Holga 120 (plastic fantastic) + 2x Kodak T-Max 400 (expired 2003)

Ted Forbes’ Photo assignments are a set of challenges designed to improve creative thinking. Mostly by providing a theme or some sort of restrictions. This time it’s based on the Holga:

  • no Autofocus and no Viewfinder
  • f8 only
  • fixed shutter speed (1/30 or 1/60)
  • fixed ISO (100 or 400)

The Video:

 

Since I actually own a Holga and had not shot it in years, I finally used it again. There were also two rolls of 15+ year old expired b/w film, that I had no idea what to do with for years. And I also had a little bit of ID-11 developer left, that wasn’t enough for a 1+3 development ratio, so I had to guess times for a 1+4 mix.

Not worrying too much about anything felt really good. Am I framing the scene correctly? No idea! Is the exposure good? Probably not! Can I do anything about it? Nope! Are the leaves in focus? Who knows, I sure don’t.

Using the 6 x 4,5 mask gave me some more images per roll (16 instead of 12). I think it also reduced vignetting on the long sides of the photo. And I’m super in love with the format of 6 x 4,5.

All in all it was really a fun experience. I bet the Holga will return one day.

Leipzig, Germany – Oct / Nov 2018

 

 

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Holga 120 GCFM (cheap glas instead of cheap plastic lens)
2x Kodak T-Max 400 (expired 2003 / 120 Medium Format)
Developed in ID-11 (1+4 with guessed time, development table only had 1+3)
Scanned with Epson V550
Postprocessing in Lightroom

Roll #36 – Lomography CN 100

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Lomography Color Negative (CN) 100 (Medium Format)

The year is over. For me it didn’t go out all that well. It’s strange seeing a photo you took in a frame next to a cinerary urn. But life goes on and you are once more reminded, that spending time with family and friends is important. So is taking photos of them.

I’m not sure yet how this whole thing here will continue. I may continue shooting the remaining rolls. But maybe a fresh start with something else would be better? Who knows – well, I don’t.

At the moment time seems to be moving faster, than I can catch up to.

National Park Hainich, Germany – Oct/Nov 2015

Shop-Talk:

Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 100.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Lomography Color Negative 100
Film bought for ~5,35 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Developed @ New/Secret Lab-Project (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #33 – CineStill 50D

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CineStill 50D

Paying 9 EUR for a single roll of repackaged cinema film, I somehow expected more. Better colors (scans were postprocessed to look like they do now), better sharpness, better anything. Comparison images on the internet look much better.

Is it a subjectiv perception thing? Is it a matter of a good scan? Am I too critical? Well, it looks like I might have access to a Nikon Coolscan soon, so I’ll run the film through that again. So there might be an update to this entry in the future. Keep your eyes open!

Enough tech talk! This is the “Treetop Path”, you climb a tower from which you can see around or can take elevated path branches (hoho!) through the treetops. Early morning light, slowly disappearing fog in the distance… it was quite magical.

National Park Hainich, Germany / Oct 2015

Shop-Talk:

35mm, color negative film, 36 exposures, ISO 50.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + CineStill 50D
Film bought for 9 EUR via MacoDirect.
Developed and scanned by Foto Schröter (Riesa).