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    Posted: 24 December 2018 at 10:55
What is The Dyxum film challenge?
If you wonder what this challenge is about then it's simply about revisiting analogue photography for a bit of nostalgia, experiemcing a radically different workflow and ultimately, appreciating how convienient our modern equipment makes photography.

Who
Any Dyxumer can join this challenge. Just subscribe in this thread - as simple as that

When
The idea is to keep shooting film during three upcoming months - starting on 1 January and ending on 31 March (These dates are flexible, so don’t worry if you have already started a roll… We can also extend the end-date if anyone requires – because analogue photography is a bit like that….

Equipment
You can use any film camera and any lens you like (no matter what brand or format, e.g. medium or big) however we would ask that your first roll uses an alpha-mount (Minota AF) camera (if you have one at present). Like everything about this challenge, we can be flexible here, but remember that we are alpha-mount-dedicated forum in the end
So, as a general rule, if you own an alpha-mount film camera it should be the first one to shoot and post your results. Then you may move on to your other cameras. If you don't have any Dynax, Maxxum or Alpha film camera then well - just use what you have

Results
You are expected to deliver 1/3rd keepers from each roll of film and post just those - we realise that sometimes you may have full roll of keepers but you have to narrow your selection down to 4, 8 or 12 shots - depending on the roll (i.e. 12, 24 or 36 frames).
As on previous occasions we will keep all challenge in a single thread of discussion, i.e. all photos and discussion should be posted in this thread.

To make the thread a bit less photo-intensive please split your photo-posts into groups of 4 shots - it will be easier to navigate. When posting please state the camera and film used and if possible - also the lens. You may also mention how the photo was digitzed (e.g. what scanner/software). And please remember to "number" your photos in a unique way - this will make it easier to refer to a particular shot in the discussion.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2019 at 19:19
It looks like I'll be kicking off then.

My first film was an expired (2013?) 24 exp Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400 in a Minolta Dynax 5 with a Tamron AF 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 zoom (except #4, Sigma 18mm f3.5). Processing was done by Photo Hippo and they scan using (according to the EXIF) a Fuji SP-3000.

The occasion was an Oxford Flickr photowalk on 5 January.

Here are the first 4 of my 8 'keepers'

HS-1-1

Going up

HS-1-2

Minolta!

HS-1-3

Westgate Centre

HS-1-4

St George's Tower, Oxford Castle

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2019 at 19:22
And the second 4 (as above) are

HS-1-5

Ooooops, Fisher Row

HS-1-6

Rewley Road swing bridge

HS-1-7

Penguin's Progress

HS-1-8

Oxford Canal bridge and lock

That's it! Another film soon ...
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My second film was a heavily expired (2001?) 24 exp Ilford XP2 in a Minolta 9000AF with a Minolta AF 24-85 zoom. Owing to its age, the film was exposed at ISO 200. Processing was done by Photo Hippo and they scan using (according to the EXIF) a Fuji SP-3000. I took 26 photos and I have selected 9 keepers:

HS-2-1

Light and shadows /1

HS-2-2

Larkins Lane

HS-2-3

Light and shadows /2

HS-2-4

Shotover view to the Mini car plant and the remaining Didcot Power Station cooling towers beyond
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2019 at 11:01
And the second batch to complete my one-third keepers comprises

HS-2-5

Headington Cross

HS-2-6

Light and shadows /3

HS-2-7

Cross

HS-2-8

Snow /1

HS-2-9

Snow /2

So that's it for now; I look forward to seeing some more examples soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2019 at 15:37
The first two films, impressive! My first is exposed, I'll drop it into Cambrian Photography next week.

I prefer the b/w set. I'm so used to seeing digital colour images that film looks unsharp and insufficiently saturated, though probvably closer to reality and of a quality we'd have been content with twenty years ago.

My favourites are 2-2 (nice textures) and the white scenes where you've caught the falling snow to perfection. I don't like riding my bike in the snow, we've had not here but plenty of drizzly rain, not so good for photography.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2019 at 17:36
Well done Howard for starting things off.

All enjoyable and I too prefer the B&W set, although if you are going to stick to the rules you should have only posted 8.6 photos

My Dynax 7 is loaded and ready but we've fallen foul of the winter bug that is doing the rounds and seems to hang on for a couple of weeks. Mended now, virtually, and out for a curry tonight with a plan to shoot my tiny village tomorrow (if it stops raining )

Looking forward to this thread growing now, and in a recent email conversation with Chris Weston I mentioned this challenge and he found the challenge "fascinating". He said that despite his busy schedule he still likes to run a film through his old Nikons as a way of relaxing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hike Pics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2019 at 03:23
This is the first roll of film I have shot since the 1990s. I have lately found 8 Maxxum bodies, 10 lenses and even 3 point & shoots, all crazy cheap. Lucky me!

CAMERA : Minolta Maxxum 5000
LENS : Minolta 50mm F1.7
FILM : Kodak GT 800 (Expired) shot @ 400.
PROCESS + SCAN : Ball Photo/Asheville, NC + unknown scanner model

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[IMG]12490013 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]12490015 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]12490024 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr[/IMG]

I hope I did this right.....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2019 at 13:30
It's mostly working! You don't need the [IMG]..[/IMG] tags around the photos; it looks like you pressed the insert image button when all you need to do is copy and paste the BBcode directly.

Also, the idea of 'one-third keepers' is that one-third of the pictures on the film are shown (so if that was a 24 exp film you should show 8 of the photos, and so on).

I look forward to seeing some more shots!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hike Pics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2019 at 03:43
Howard, thanks for setting me straight on this...yes, I used the "insert image" button. Here's the other "one-third" shots:

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12490002 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr

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12490004 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr

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12490008 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr

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12490011 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr

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12490014 by Wes Richmond, on Flickr

I know that's 5 on this post, I'll get it right next roll

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2019 at 19:59
I finished a Polaroid Originals B&W SX-70 film today (I believe this counts within the film challenge rules) and as it is an 8-pack I think I have to show 3 keepers (one third, rounded to nearest integer)


Blavatnik detail

^ This is just to show that I can take sharp SX-70 photos sometimes; the following two show that quite often I can't ...


Sydlings snow 1


Sydlings snow 2

Both taken in Sydlings Copse, a nearby BBOWT nature reserve. (I quite like the second of these, by the way.)

Anyone else got any shots yet?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hike Pics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2019 at 16:54
Howard, I'm enjoying your photos....

I really like HS-1-7 and HS-2-2 Your 3rd Polaroid shot is awesome!

I have a roll of Kodak BWC loaded in my Maxxum 50 with Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II Macro. I have only shot 1 roll of it in my life and that was when the Kodak rep' gave me a roll when it came out. I'm excited!

I am thinking about getting an old Autopak 700 and a few old 126 packs, just for fun. Maybe spool my own 35mm with a Fakmatic!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 February 2019 at 01:30
That third shot is great, Howard, I agree!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2019 at 16:49
Film 1, Fuji Acros 100 on a Kodak Duaflex (original UK version) found when clearing out my parents house, dating from around 1950. It uses the defunct 620 format which is the same size as 120 film, you can either re-spool it yourself or you can buy it already re-spooled.

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