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.


[Update] Kodak BW400CN

Kodak BW400CN (expired 02/2008)

After shooting so many different film stocks it’s difficult to fit shooting something new into the normal shooting process. After so much testing I start to gravitate towards certain films. But there’s still a huge pile of rolls I haven’t shot yet. Guess I’ll slowly go through them one by one.

I already shot Kodak BW400CN in medium format. This is an 35mm add-on. Following the “+1 stop for every decade of expiration”-rule I exposed the role as ISO 200 and developed normally. Not sure how it was stored, but the quality suffered quite a bit.

Leipzig, Germany – Oct 2016

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35mm, “color negativ” b/w film, ISO 400, 36 exposures, expired 02/2008

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8D + Kodak BW400CN @ ISO 200
Film sponsored by Kathleen’s Mom – thanks!
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #49 – Kodak ColorPlus 200

Kodak ColorPlus 200 (35mm format)

During my search for a cheap color film for everyday shooting (no special projects) I stumbled upon this film stock. The price is quite low (2,50 EUR per roll) and a quick look around on the internet showed okay-ish color rendering. I wanted to test it first, before ordering in bulk, so I added a roll to my last c-41 chemistry order.

The images were taken during the middle and end of January. I’m not quite sure about the sometimes stronger, sometimes weaker yellow tint. Guess that’s the drawback you have to accept when using cheaper material? Or its the lens? Questions… questions.

Leipzig-Reudnitz, Germany – Jan 2017

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35mm, color negativ film, ISO 200, 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL2 + Pentacon auto 1.8/50 + Kodak ColorPlus 200
Film bought for 2,50 EUR via Macodirect.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

HGB Tour 2016

The HGB (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst – Academy of Fine Arts) shows work of their students once a year. Usually most of it is not my thing, but this year a lot of the shown work was quite good.

As always, I didn’t take any photos of the drawings / paintings / photos. Instead I captured the little things on / in my way.

Digital images. 6×7. Still not sure what to do with 2016 when it comes to film photography. Maybe I need a break. Maybe I don’t. Haven’t shot anything on film, since I saw my last photograph of my grandmother next to her urn.

Leipzig, Germany – Feb 2016

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Nikon D7100 + Nikkor DX 35mm 1.8G
Postprocessing and crop to 6×7 in Lightroom

Week #31 – Kentmere 400

Kentmere 400
Kentmere 400

The day was overcast with a lot of rain and some breaks of sunshine inbetween. We darted from place to place, took some photos when we could and then again sat around in cafés waiting for the rain to stop.

Maybe the film wanted to feel at home – it is manifactured in the UK. But we have our share of rainy weather here in Germany as well. Especially now that autumn has arrived with colorful socks, wet feet and darker/shorter hair.

Potsdam, Germany / June 2015


35mm, black/white negative film, 36 exposures, ISO 400.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + Kentmere 400
Film bought for 3,50 EUR via Fotoimpex (Berlin, Germany).
Self-Developed @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
6min 22sec @ 24°C Dev (Xtol 1+1) / 30sec Stop / 5min Fix / 20min watering with running tap water / 2min watering with destilled water + AGFA wetting agent / ~22h Dry
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550, Curve Adjustment in Photoshop.
Mild post processing & export in Lightroom.

Week #26 – DM Paradies 400

dm Paradies 400 (expired 20!?)
dm Paradies 400 (expired 20!?)

Week #26 is film roll #25 (I missed one in march), so next week we’ll be at the half time mark. 26 rolls of film done and another 26 still to go.

Already half a year. Time really flies sometimes.

Potsdam, Germany – June 2015


35mm, color negative film, 36 exposures, ISO 400.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + dm Paradies 400 (expired 20!?)
Film sponsored by Eva (Thanks!).
Developed by FotoStudio 80.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.