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 #42 – Ilford HP5 Plus

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (35mm)

Ilford HP5 was the next stop on my Search for Spock aka an ISO 400 b/w film to finally settle on. My favorite b/w film Fujifilm Neopan 400 was sadly discontinued in 2013.

I bought the film for testing and then it sat for weeks and months in my camera bag waiting for an opportunity. It finally arrived last month, when I used the one roll on 3 different occasions – a spontaneous photo walk and two portrait sessions.

At the end of the roll the rewind lever of my camera got stuck, so I lost 5-6 potential frames. But it’s not that big of a problem, since I already shot a wide variety of subjects.

Looking through the images now, I don’t see that much of a difference to Rollei RPX 400, which is a cheaper (3,95 EUR vs. 4,95 EUR). I think I’ve read somewhere, that HP5 has a special anti-scratch layer. Maybe I should test medium format and pushing as well, before finally settling. And on goes the search…

Leipzig, Germany | Aug 2016

A lot of thanks to the people, who allowed me to photograph them:
Uta / Ruslan / Leo.

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

Praktica LTL 2 + Helios-44-2 f2/58mm  + Ilford HP5 Plus
Film bought for 4,95 EUR via Macodirect.
Developed by myself @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
(Developed: A49 / stock / 7:10 min @ 20,5°C)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.