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Have you twigged yet?

By dudler
Space may be the final frontier, but slide film is the ultimate test for a caemra...

Less forgiving of exposure, and increasingly expensive to buy, only an idiot would consider using it.

Silly Sunday story:

I bought a 5-litre processing kit last year, used one fifth of it, and paused. This week, the first developer was dead, beyond all question.

Currently, the kit costs テƒづ‚ツ」130, and slide film around テƒづ‚ツ」15 per roll. So I emerged from my local film emporium (which you can read a bit about in the interview I did with the owner, Matt Wells, HERE ) having spent just enough to get me through the small stock of slide film I still have unused, and the backlog, including the roll that I put through my Exakta as a final check of it's elderly shutter mechanism. You can see the camera in a nude portrait (in other words, as they say now, 'NSFW') HERE - and I hope it's going to feature in an article in the near future.

And I made a promise to myself that I'd abandon slide film from now on, because of the cost... I may have said as much to Steve as I handed over my debit card... Espeically in the absence of my favourite film, Agfachrome Professional RSX 100, which was to Fuji Velvia as a cheetah is to a charging rhino - subtler, and far more beautiful.

Anyway, into the darkroom yesterday, with the Exakta film and a few others that have been waiting around.

And when I hung up the strips of film, there was a bit of magic there. Nothing looks as good as a roll of 35mm slides hanging up to dry, glowing with life and colour. (Except a roll of 120 slides, and probalby sheet film...)

For good measure, the version is a double portrait of Misuzu and Leaf, shot at the X Factory in Stoke, though with a Dynax 9 and 85mm Planar.

So maybe I'll be buying the occasional roll in the future. Silly? Sunday.

Tags: Leaf Close-up and macro Twig Washing line Silly Sunday Misuzu Exakta VX1000 tea towels

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optik 11 15 1 England
7 Apr 2019 10:41AM
It is Sunday but is it silly?
I've recently splashed out on a camera that I've wanted since the seventies, doesn't make any sense at all, but I had found some 120 transparencies in the loft when I moved house last year, they were from 1978, Donnington Park featuring the late, great Mike Hailwood, I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find them John and of course I now want to put a roll of transparency film through it.
No fun in being sensible all of the time GrinGrinGrin
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
7 Apr 2019 10:44AM
Monstrously silly, but potentially amazingly fun, and deeply satisfying!
SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
7 Apr 2019 10:49AM
I love this colour. Smile
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2019 10:51AM
Whatever the medium those blues caught my eye.
Wish I had all your knowledge John.
KateGrin
optik 11 15 1 England
7 Apr 2019 10:52AM

Quote: Monstrously silly, but potentially amazingly fun, and deeply satisfying!


Absolutely John.

PS
Just found 10 rolls of Velvia and 10 rolls of Provia in the freezer, happy days Grin
7 Apr 2019 11:04AM
You'll need a bigger stick to beat the water out of those tea towels, John. Smile
And in V1, they look as if they've found a bigger stick. Wink

JohnSmile
mac Plus
19 9 Scotland
7 Apr 2019 11:52AM
You bring back happy memories off time spent in the darkroom. The great yardstick in the B&W film era was managing to produce grain free negatives. My favorite was Beutler Developer (Neofin type). From memory it came in 2 phials and you snapped the head off and mixed prior to use. In my heyday I had 2 Leica's, one with B&W and the other with colour film. My camera bag used to weigh a ton hence the reason I now suffer from a bad back! I used to have thousands of transparencies, which prior to a house move the better ones were scanned to digital format. It was quite a task as you could get colour casts lack of sharpness etc, etc.
Anyway back to your entry. You have managed to produce a very good result from slide film. What did you use to scan it?
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
7 Apr 2019 11:54AM
It was a good drying day yesterday, John!

Though I do have a carpet-beater for sorting dusty carpets, best not ot use it the same day the washing is out. One of the few photographic props that have proved genuinely useful around the house...
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
7 Apr 2019 12:23PM
Tea towels, the most common Owls in the country SmileSmile
It's good to give the old ones an airing, now and then. BlushBlush
Happy Silly Sunday John.
Dave.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2019 1:05PM
Terrific for Silly Sunday and just wish your focus was on the lovely Misuzu in the version!
(Hope Mrs D wasn't washing the T towels today!)
Ju
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1741 England
7 Apr 2019 2:17PM
Ian -

The scanner's an Epson Perfection V550 Photo flatbed. It's OK, but no match for a darkroom print.

I never went for grainless stuff - I remember experimenting with print developer and HP4 in around 1970 - and then I got my hands on some Agfapan 1000... I still use T-Max P3200 today. It's fun!
7 Apr 2019 2:30PM
there was a time in the 1970s when i shot plenty of Orwo Chrome slide film with Praktika L2 (both imported from the GDR, the East Germany)... colours were good, but the camera had no image stabilization, so many years later, when it came to digital conversion, 90 percent went to the waste bin..
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
7 Apr 2019 4:20PM
Very interesting.
Ron
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2019 5:18PM
Silly only in that pleasure is irrational. This is beautiful.
8 Apr 2019 9:40AM
Very happy memories of my darkroom! And not in anyway silly.

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