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 #55 – Ferrania P30

Ferrania P30 (35mm, Alpha)

My HGB photography workshop came to an end, so I have a bit of a more free head now. At the same time my pre-ordered rolls of Ferrania P30 arrived. What better thing to do, than load a camera and go out for a walk.

I think the things I see during the workshop – through exhibitions, photography books and the other attendees – is influencing my current interest / style. Not sure if I like it, or where it will lead.

One thing that’s a lot on my mind lately is to talk less about technical stuff and focus more on subject. Let’s see how this will go as well…

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany / July 2017

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35mm, black & white film, 36 exposures, ISO 80.

Praktica LTL2 + Helios 58mm/f2 + Ferrania P30
Film bought for ? EUR from Ferrania Website (with Kickstarter Bonus).
Developed with R09 (Rodinal) 1+50
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.


Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

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 #46 – Fujicolor Super HR 100

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.


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.


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

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


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.

Roll #44 – AGFA Vista Plus 400

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

Roll #43 – ORWO CNS 100

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.