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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2020 at 14:30
So much depends on what you are planning to shoot when it comes to lens choice... How about giving yourself 8 shots with each?



I mentioned my 35mm in a medium format experiments - I got three shots off the end of an experimental roll (it had been previously part chewed up by an old Paxette...) - they were taken before this challenge started, so don't qualify - but I thought I would post them as outtakes/examples...







I had also mentioned my cheapskate version of the Pixilator - nowhere near as sophisticated of course...



Because I deliberately wanted all of the perforations (as they have been exposed over), I've set the width a little wider than necessary - set one knob in it should make sure the edges of the whole strip are held down.

Note that the bit in contact with the film is covered with the smooth lego decal bits to reduce risk of scratching the film - it still requires care in use through as the plastic is hard in comparison to the soft foam of the Pixilator...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote brian33 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 September 2020 at 10:30
Bob that's super cool! Very, very neat looking!

I'd like to sign up and put some outtakes in at the same time. Outtakes because these were taken in August, before the challenge, and also with my trusty x700.

I'm not sure I'll be able to use a Minolta AF camera first - I have the one you gave me, Bob, but I'll have to see if I can get it working. As it has no AEL I'm really adverse to using it because I use that feature constantly with film but anyway I'll see what I can come up with. If I can't then it'll have to be my x700. I didn't end up shooting much on vacation this summer - only three rolls as I just wasn't very motivated to shoot this year. I shot 2 rolls of Ilford FP4+ and one roll of Ektar.

Here are some from the first roll of film. The first photo below was what got me to take my camera out in the first place, and was the first exposure on the first roll of film. I was in the pool helping Louise to dive and I saw the sun was pretty much aligned with the diving board and I was like, this could be a cool photo! So I got in the water and kicked to stay above water and had her walk up the diving board to a position where her head was partially blocking the sun in order to create the star effect (on film if the sun isn't partially obscured the sun blows out the film and you can't see the star effect no matter your aperture). I'm pretty happy with it.

In Normandy

x700 and MD Rokkor 28/2.8 at f22 on ilford FP4+



And a few others from the pool

Learning to dive

x700 and MD Rokkor 28/2.8 at f? on ilford FP4+




Still learning

x700 and MD Rokkor 28/2.8 at f? on ilford FP4+


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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 September 2020 at 02:23
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

So, this is my own sign-up.

I took a group picture of the cameras I'm wanting to use and I find I've frightened myself a Little in doing so...


Whoa.   

How much film are you planning to burn, Bob? And which of the remaining film factories did you buy for this challenge?

I never developed my roll of Velvia from the last film challenge, for a number of reasons. I may send it out for developing soon, so maybe I could post it with this challenge, as 'outtakes' in this thread. (Better late than never?)
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I'VE DONE IT!

My very first film! I diligently followed the rules, especially with temperature, quantities and timings. I did start the film off in the reel before putting everything in the dark bag and it seems to have work out okay. I didn't wear gloves and I think I might have touched or brushed the negative while loading on to the reel, but otherwise the dark bag exercise went smoothly.

After the final wash I opened the container and to be honest my heart sunk as all I could see on the roll was black. But it turned out to be the tail end of the film and as I unrolled it the images were there as clear as day, or night, or whatever is a suitable analogy.

It is hanging to dry now but I couldn't resist telling Dyxum asap. Here is a section, snapped on my RX100iii illuminated with an led lamp, cropped, rotated and inverted in Affinity Photo, just to show you something. (I'm not bothered too much about the final quality as I know I can improve my handling etc with more practice).



So my confidence has had a real boost with this first attempt and tomorrow I'll get my local photo shop to scan the negs on to a USB stick so that I can post my first four for the challenge.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2020 at 18:50
Excellent! Looks decent density too... I still grab a glimpse after fixing to make sure something is on the negative.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2020 at 19:41
i finished my roll Superia 1600 - Now I have to find somebody to develop it for me. And I can start using my Bronica
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2020 at 23:39
And I've been away for the weekend and have nearly finished a 36 exp film. It's hard re-learning the controls (I'm using a Dyxum 7 first), but I want to finish attempting the STF effect with my last frame. I need to study the manual carefully ... should I try it with my SAL 85mm F2.8 or the Tamron 70-300 USD? Decisions, decisions ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2020 at 11:23
Well done Brian. I joined the Photography Society as a staff mmber when I started work at Bangor University in 1997. I had tuition on using the darkroom, totally messed up two films and gave up, since digital was clearly going to be the way forward and I was a software chap.

The sprockets over the picture look is exceptionally cool Bob, Ilike it a lot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2020 at 12:00
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

Well done Brian. I joined the Photography Society as a staff mmber when I started work at Bangor University in 1997. I had tuition on using the darkroom, totally messed up two films and gave up, since digital was clearly going to be the way forward and I was a software chap.

The sprockets over the picture look is exceptionally cool Bob, Ilike it a lot.

Thanks Alan. In 1997 you wouldn't have had the squillion YouTube videos to reference that I have   
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

And I've been away for the weekend and have nearly finished a 36 exp film. It's hard re-learning the controls (I'm using a Dyxum 7 first), but I want to finish attempting the STF effect with my last frame. I need to study the manual carefully ... should I try it with my SAL 85mm F2.8 or the Tamron 70-300 USD? Decisions, decisions ...
One thing I learned: the self-timer doesn't appear to work when in STF mode. Well, at least I have 36 exposures of outdated Kodak film done now. Snappy Snaps tomorrow, I think.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2020 at 16:22
I have to share these with you. It's another first in my film photography development. I had to wait two hours to get my first film from the local photoshop and I wasn't totally overjoyed with the result so I researched (Google and YouTube) for home scanning, without throwing my pension at an Epson V600.

It seems that all I need is a light box, something to hold the film strip flat and a digital camera with a macro lens. The light box, care of Amazon, is an LED pad in A4 size and the film holder is a 35mm lomography digitaliza. I cut a hole the same shape as the digitaliza (is that really a word?) in a spare A4 black mounting board to mask the excess light and mounted my a7ii with FE 90mm Macro lens on my Manfrotto tripod with the centre column set to horizontal over the negative. Images taken with a remote to avoid any camera movement and ........



In Affinity Photo it is a simple matter on inverting the image and then adjusting for a colour cast (orange colour) and converting to pure black and white:



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Edit: The link to the "digitaliza" from Amazon UK shows very woeful feedback, although the YouTube videos I discovered showing home scanning give it a positive review. For my first attempts I found it did the job perfectly, but I have no connection with either of the products I bought and am in no way suggesting anyone else should buy them. All I am saying is this is what I used and the results speak for themselves.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2020 at 17:36
That is a B&W film? Or C41? If the first, there should be no real colour cast. Looking at your settings, the light source is not that strong. But then, for 60 GBP? Well done!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2020 at 18:10
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

That is a B&W film? Or C41? If the first, there should be no real colour cast. Looking at your settings, the light source is not that strong. But then, for 60 GBP? Well done!

Yes B&W. Not C41, it’s Ilford FP4Plus. I dropped the negative image into Affinity Photo and clicked “Invert”. I didn’t save the result but it was an orange/pink shade. In adjustments I chose convert to B&W and took down the brightness and the result is the second image in the post.

It was all a bit belt and braces without giving too much attention to the level of the camera, focussing on grain etc as it was simply an experiment to see if it would actually work, which it has to my satisfaction.

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The result looks good, I must say.
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