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Do you shoot film?


joshwa Plus
10 924 1 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2019 8:38AM
Do you shoot film?
When was the last time you shot some film and got it processed?
Was it easy to find somewhere to process and print the film? Did you bother with prints, or have them scanned to CD?
Do you scan your own negatives?
Feel feel to share some of your favourite photos Smile
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 707 England
15 Nov 2019 11:26AM
I haven't shot film since 2003 when I got my first DSLR.
At the time there was no issue finding somewhere to process it as Ii senet it off in the post. I know there are labs today that offer processing so if I ever did use any film I'd know where to send it. I always used pro labs.
I shot transparency film so didn't want prints, and as for scanning I did, and do, that myself. Any prints that were required were either done myself or uploaded to a lab for larger sizes, as is currently the case.
Snapper 15 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
15 Nov 2019 12:47PM
If "Video killed the radio star", the Royal Mail surely killed mail-order processing since even a single 35mm film is a small packet at £3 second class, plus return p&p as well. For C41 I have been using Filmdev who develop and send you scans for downloading, then your negs by post. You don't get a stack of small prints you don't want, and any which are worth a decent size print can then be sent to a printer.

For E6 I've used both Ag Labs (35mm) and Peak Imaging (5x4) in the past year, but I home develop my own B&W and expect to even print some this winter. Film is a bit like music on vinyl or real ale, you either like it or you don't see the point of the apparent hassle. Each to their own! Smile
altitude50 16 20.5k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2019 1:38PM
I completely agree, add the cost of the film to processing to postage, then one film adds up to around £15. I love using film cameras (black & white now only) but cannot afford the expense of it, except on very rare occasions to test one of my SLR or to go to a special location.(I use Photo Express in Hull, very good.)
I never have films scanned to CD as once I had it done and the images were very poor, consisting of interference lines.


pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
15 Nov 2019 3:01PM
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
15 Nov 2019 3:14PM
@pablophotographer...it would be interesting if you gave some information about the images you have posted.
Camera, film type, any special developing, etc., etc.
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
15 Nov 2019 4:18PM

Quote:.it would be interesting if you gave some information about the images you have posted.
Camera, film type, any special developing, etc., etc.


If you click on an image it takes you to the actual uploaded image, where one can find the details for some of the shots Smile
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
15 Nov 2019 5:02PM

Quote:
Quote:.it would be interesting if you gave some information about the images you have posted.
Camera, film type, any special developing, etc., etc.


If you click on an image it takes you to the actual uploaded image, where one can find the details for some of the shots Smile


I am aware of that, but it would be nicer to have a brief explanation together with the images here. Also, not everyone knows that clicking on an image takes you to the original upload...Smile
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
15 Nov 2019 10:52PM
I cometh from the era of film and I still get excited by waiting to see how each roll will come out. I have not used my cameras lately but I am buying film because I have not given up on them =)

A fellow photographer, well awarded by her camera club has told me she prefers my film images to my digital ones.

I shoot mostly colour negative 35mm film C-41 process, colour and black and white.
Less transparencies and 120 film which requires E-6 process.

I have used camera retailers, corner shops, pharmacies, supermarkets, postage services and industrial scale printers.

I would consider favourably taking upon Pentaxpete's kind offer to develop film for ephotozine members for a reasonable price as mentioned in page 52 of the forum comment "when was the last time you used your film camera?"

I regret exchanging my Kodak 110 film pocket camera with another 135 film camera of Kodak when Kodak stopped the production of 110 film at the time it was pushing the APS format.

Today I was looking at MINT InstaKon RF70 rangefinder camera with bellows which shoots instax wide format. I can calculate the break even point for foregoing all of my other film cameras and going "Polaroid" but I love those black tin boxes. I could write to Santa for the MINT but I will ask for world peace instead.

pablophotographer




pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
16 Nov 2019 2:07AM






Films I have currently Fujifilm 400H, Ilford FP4, Fujifilm Neopan400CN, Kodak BW400CN, Agfa Vista Plus 200, Agfa APX100.
bcegerton 2 30 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2019 3:28AM
I have started collecting older cameras, nothing fancy just cheap as I can but looking at more SLR, BROWNIE that type of thing rather than compacts. Iíve just recently bought a Minolta 7000 AF with 35-70mm & 70-210mm lenses, Flash and bag for the princely sum of £12.00. Now Iíve read that this was the first to incorporate Auto Focus when it was released in 1985. I also have a Minolta Dynax 5000si body and the above lenses seem to fit.
Now I really want to try these cameras out, probably the 7000AF first but not sure what film to buy. I would think it will be most likely for Street Photography and maybe some Landscape so if thereís a film to suit both then great. Iíve never used a 35mm SLR, plenty of 35mm compacts but not even one of those since the digital age came about.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
16 Nov 2019 8:32AM
Jist to clarify so as to cause no confusion to people new to film. There are two traditional films in my selection the Ilford FP4 and the Agfa APX 100. I have not gone down the path of home processing (even with cafenol) but I am aware of the www.localdarkroom.com website which bridges photographers with local processing services, public or private.

altitude50 16 20.5k United Kingdom
16 Nov 2019 9:01AM

Quote:
Iíve just recently bought a Minolta 7000 AF with 35-70mm & 70-210mm lenses, Flash and bag for the princely sum of £12.00. Now Iíve read that this was the first to incorporate Auto Focus when it was released in 1985. I also have a Minolta Dynax 5000si body and the above lenses seem to fit.



Good choice, all the Minolta AF lenses will fit the 7000.

There are a lot of 35-70mm lenses out there for very little money, but in my experience the Minolta 35-105 mm (Made in Japan) is one of the best zoom lenses for 35mm film ever made. I still have one. It costs a bit more but well worth it..
The later lightweight Dynax lenses do not inspire much confidence.
As for film, are you thinking colour or black & white?
Dave_Canon Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
17 Nov 2019 10:17AM
I have not shot film since 2005 but did process it myself and print both B&W and Colour. I mainly used Ilford XP2 and a Fuji colour negative film; both were C41 process. I understand why new photographers may wish to try film themselves but would never go back myself. Apart from the disadvantages of setting up and working in a darkroom, the dynamic range of film is just not good enough. Towards the end of my film era I did try using a few different exposures, scanning and combining in an image editor but not worth the effort. I am more interested in the final images rather than the process though this is not how I started.

Dave
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 389
17 Nov 2019 9:35PM
That's for Edgey to help him decide what film he wants/needs.

https://analoguewonderland.co.uk/pages/film-guide

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