In 2018 I supported a crowdfunding campaign to help establish another film manufacturer. Based in Saint-Petersburg, Silberra produces film stock, photo paper and chemicals. There were different levels of rewards, I chose to get two Iso 200 films.
With a bit of delay they finally arrived in summer and I was quite curious how they would turn out. During development I noticed that the film base is very thin. There were also some yellow marks on the film, which were not on another roll developed at the same time. Strange… but it didn’t really show up in black/white.
If there wasn’t import tax or more importantly high shipping costs I’d gladly order more of this film, but as it stands, I’ll leave it at having tested it.
Leipzig, Germany – May 2018
panchromatic black/white film, ISO 200, fine grain, wide tonal range, quite sharp, moderate contrast
Only recently I started shooting a single kind of film stock over a longer period of time. I think it really helps to focus more on the actual picture-taking and less on the technical side. Also there’s some sort of consistency.
It’s a bigger investment up front when buying a 10-pack of film instead of individual rolls, but usually you get a (very small) discount. So for much of the summer I had my two cameras (SLR with 50mm lens and compact rangefinder with 35mm lens) loaded with Delta 400.
Leipzig, Erfurt, Usedom (Germany) / May – September 2018
35mm black/white t-grain film, ISO 400, 36 exposures
Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
Olympus XA2 (Olympus 35mm / f3.5 lens)
Developed in Ilford ID-11 / Ilfotec DD-X at Mühlstraße 14 community lab
Scanned with Epson V550
Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom
There is quite a bit of film stock, that I already shot, but didn’t upload to the blog. Maybe I should prepare some posts ahead of time and schedule them, so that there’s a steady flow of new material. I’m still a bit unsure about what to do with this project.
For now here’s some East-German black and white cinema film, that I quite like. Sadly it’s somewhat hard to get. As I understand it, the manufacturer only offers 122m as minimal order volume. So your best bet is to hunt for already hand-rolled cartridges on eBay.
All images were taken during a FoDo photo walk around a big shopping mall called “Paunsdorf Center”. / The history of ORWO is a good read as well.
Leipzig-Paunsdorf, Germany / June 2018
35mm black/white cinema film, ISO 100
Nikon F80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8D + Yellow Filter
Developed in A49 (1+2)
Scanned with Epson V550
Edited in Adobe Lightroom
Last weeks film (shot during the NOLEGIDA counter-demonstrations) is not developed yet. But since I want to keep the “every friday” schedule here’s a film interlude from last month.
The following images are from 3 different rolls – it’s fascinating how diverse the same film, shot with the same camera, can turn out.
Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12* exposures, ISO 400.
Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Kodak Portra 400
Film bought for ~5,70 EUR via Amazon.de (Partner-Link)
Developed @ FotoStudio 80 (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.
*) exposures depend on the format you are shooting. Using 6×6 it’s 12 exposures.