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When I shoot film, about 3 or 4 rolls a year, I've been shooting black and white. I had some ancient Ilford XP2 (C-41 process, with an expiration date from nearly 10 years ago) that I finished up and that ended up super grainy, but I enjoyed the interesting look. I shot XP2 in the past so that I could take it to the local drugstore or Costco for processing, but fewer and fewer places do any film processing. And if they do, the send it out and they don't return the negatives, just scans on a CD.

Lately, I've been shooting Tri-X 400. For this challenge, I will probably shoot a roll of Ilford HP5+ B&W and a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 color. I haven't shot color film in a very long time, so I'm excited. Nowadays, I will send my film to a local processor, The Darkroom in San Clemente, CA, where they scan and return my film. They do a good job, but it's not cheap. But, it's the price you pay to enjoy "slow photography".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2018 at 18:11
Originally posted by luke luke wrote:

Sorry for the numb question: when exactly does it start and end? All year?


Now that week 50 is done with, I will look to put up a full guidance thread.

We were thinking that the film challenge would run for the first three months of next year, with some flexibility on start and end dates..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2018 at 18:25
I'd probably join. "If alpha mount then feel prompted to use that", well, SR mount is completely different so would probably employ my newest member, a Canon 7. Eventually found an okish way to 'develop' b&w photos of caffenol-developed negatives (not darktable, rather digikam). That large blue-tinted rangefinder is appealing.
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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:


B/W
Possibly the best ISO 100 B/W film is Fuji Acros - Fuji has ended the production and what is still available in the market is outrageously expensive.

Ilford has always been my second choice: PanF, FP4 and HP5 (Plus). Recently I have bought some rolls (and sheets) of Ilford Delta 100 - still waiting for the results.
I think that Kodak Tri-X is a truly classic B/W film - its grain having a particular "character" that many analog photographers love (I am a bit more indefifferent). Kodak T-Max, on the other hand, is a modern type of B/W film (going up to ISO 3200) - the newer analog films are all optimized for being scanned.

Then there is a brand of films from Berlin (produced in Switzerland): Adox. They I have an ISO 20 B/W film that I like very much (almost no grain visible). I find their range of films very interesting (recently a first color film was added). I might mention the Adox Silvermax as another favorite among B/W films.

If you are on a budget I can recommend Fomapan 100 (which is rather an ISO 50 film).

Color
My experience with color films is heavily tilted towards the Kodak Ektar which is now available only as ISO 100 film (there also had been an ISO 25 Ektar in the more remote past). I also like the Portras very much.
As positive film is regarded I know quite some people who shoot Fuji Provia and Velvia (and think these positive films are superior to any negative color flm).

Here are some links:
Adox
Ilford
Kodak
fomapan 100 review

Thanks - I think I'll give positive a miss to start with and start with colour neg moving on to B&W if my friend allows darkroom access! Though I am wondering it there is a change bag and developing tank in the loft somewhere.

Tri-x, FP4 and HP5 are familiar names from the past - nice to know some things don't change.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panzer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2019 at 02:32
I picked up a 7000i a while back that I've been wanting to give a workout. I'm in.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2019 at 03:43
Count me in. I've got a Minolta X700 and my TLR if it's light-tight.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wacrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2019 at 19:48
Picked up a XG-M and a 50mm F1.4 so count me in.
Have you thought about a couple of categories or more to make it interesting? I'd even throw $5 into a pot for the winners.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2019 at 17:02
Originally posted by wacrider wacrider wrote:

Picked up a XG-M and a 50mm F1.4 so count me in.
Have you thought about a couple of categories or more to make it interesting? I'd even throw $5 into a pot for the winners.
Personally I like to see the diversity of film posts without sub-dividing them. You might like to have a look at Film's Not Dead 2017 thumbnail thread, if you haven't already, to see what a great variety the film shooters post.

There are no prizes. One of the reasons it is run over two or three months is to encourage Dyxumers to enjoy using film cameras, either again or for the first time without the pressures of competition, but simply for fun and enjoyment.

Glad you have subscribed wacrider and looking forward to seeing your pictures.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 January 2019 at 18:48
I recently moved so I had to pack gear, and said "I need to put batteries in these film cameras and exercise the shutters!" ... but why don't I put film in them and exercise the shutters for real !!! and post them
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 20:09
I loaded into my X700 what I thought was Fuji Superia 400, then noticed the ISO rating: 50. Yes, friends, I accidentally loaded a roll of Velvia.

The Superia was supposed to be a test roll, more or less - or at least a less expensive entree back into the world of film. Of course, I could have rewound it (one of the positives of a manual-advance camera). Did I remember that before I'd taken a few shots? No.

This is also my very first roll of Velvia, ever. Wish me luck!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 20:17
Is there a final plan in place and corresponding timeline?

@Bonneville -- thanks for the link to the 2017 challenge. Great shots there!

I have a camera or two loaded, I think -- Maxxum 9, SRT-101, and maybe I'll add in my Dynax 505si Super.
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There's a thread here, which I assume is where we post our results.

I've shot one 24exp Fuji Superia X-tra 400 film in a Dynax 5, and am working slowly through an 8-pack of Polaroid Originals B&W film in an SX-70; I have a couple more 35mm films I want to run through cameras (700si with Minolta Expansion Cards and a 9000AF) before I send them off as a batch for processing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 January 2019 at 21:00
With the current weather (grey, rain, storm) I remain in hibernation. But when it improves it will be Mino 800si and Kodak Color 200. The only alternative currently is Fuji Velvia 50 but that I save for good light.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 16:19
Time for an update I think, now that we are safely in 2019. There have been quite a few expressions of interest which is very encouraging so I feel confident we can run a Film Challenge along the lines of previous years. (If you haven't already, have a look at 2017's challenge to see how it works.)

Bob J has posted a dedicated Main Thread page for photos and comments. Once we are under way a thumbnail thread will also be posted to help with navigation as the main thread grows.

I am going to remove the list of EOIs on page 1 of this thread since this is a soft launch, and there is no requirement for "formal registration". Just Join In. We all look forward to viewing the 1/3rd keepers from each roll you shoot for the challenge. I have loaded a roll of Fujifilm 400 colour into my Dynax 7. It has new batteries and my "film bag" contains a KM 17-35 f2.8-4, a Minolta 35-70 f4 and a Minolta 70-210 f4 so I am pretty much covered to get out and start capturing some images on film, starting tomorrow



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