May 2012

Expired slide film is expired

by Todd on May 29, 2012

A few weeks ago I was given some expired Kodak Elite Chrome 100 by Roger, the owner at University Camera in Iowa City. I shot one of these rolls two weeks ago when I was at Rochester Cemetery, same day that I shot the Fuji 800 that I developed in Rodinal. I just got the […]

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Canon A-1, second roll

by Todd on May 20, 2012

This is 10+ year old Fuji Superia 800, and I think it’s extra grainy due to its age, although it might be the Walgreen’s scans. Mainly I wanted to confirm there was no problem with the camera due to my “shutter squeal” fix, and it seems to be OK. Just a bunch of mostly boring […]


My first Canon

by Todd on May 19, 2012

A few weeks ago I was visiting the lab where I used to work. My boss found out I was shooting a lot of film and getting into old cameras, and he kindly offered to give me his old Canon A-1 and 50mm lens. Obviously I took him up on it…free gear is great. To […]


C-41 film in Rodinal

by Todd on May 17, 2012

I’ve seen a few examples of people doing this, so I wanted to give it a try. I’ve got a couple of dozen rolls of Fuji 800, expired 2003, which I thought was a good candidate film. I exposed the film at ISO 400. I used a 1:80 dilution of Rodinal for 90 minutes, with […]


Plus-X pushed

by Todd on May 15, 2012

As promised, I shot another roll of Kodak Plus-X 125 and developed a little differently. This roll was exposed at 250 and developed in rodinal, 1:80 for 90 minutes. There’s still not much grain, and some of these shots look almost digital. I’m still favorably impressed with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3.3/4. It’s better than most […]


More FA77 boke

by Todd on May 7, 2012

PZ-1 + Fuji 800.


Redscale photography

by Todd on May 6, 2012

I recently found out about “redscale photography,” and of course I had to try it. Basically, it amounts to rolling up the film backwards on the spool, so that the base is facing toward the lens. This means the layers of the emulsion are exposed in reverse order, resulting in red/orange images. You can re-roll […]


Pentax FA77

by Todd on May 6, 2012

The more I shoot with this lens on a film SLR, the more impressed I am. It’s quite nearly the “boke monster” my Zeiss 100/2 is, and it’s even pretty good at infinity. The two shots below demonstrate each of these qualities. Cat shot was at f/1.8, the other shot was at f/8, both with […]


First Plus-X roll

by Todd on May 1, 2012

Late last week I got a great deal on some newly-expired Kodak Plus-X film (discontinued). Yesterday I received my CLA’d Pentax MX from Eric Hendrickson. Seemed like a perfect opportunity to take the camera for a spin, as well as try this film out. I shot most of it pretty quickly during a lunch break, […]


VueScan: don’t even bother

by Todd on May 1, 2012

VueScan software is garbage. I’m sure that statement is controversial, right? I’ve seen many people on the web get great scans from it, while admitting to usability and configuration issues. I had issues when I first got it, and I was impatient to see some scans, so I set it aside and figured I’d learn […]