Chasing results


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Chasing results

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Did you see what I did there? Iím writing this while the strip of 35mm film Iíve run through Janetís Kodak Hawkeye is hanging up to dry, and I plan to scan it and post some images with this blog within a couple of hours.

The first impressions are that the results are really good for a box camera: the negatives have a pleasing crispness. Of course they donít match my Contax or Leica negatives (or even those form my 1937 Leica IIIa), but theyíre not bad at all. You have to remember the curved film path (see the last image in my 5 September blog for an indication of how the film is curved) helps minimise the effects of a simple lens with a curved field, though only along the length of the frame. Roll film will only curve in one direction at a time, just like a sheet of paper or card, and as the frame is longer than it is wide, thatís the way to go.

Iíll only find out about corner definition when my two rolls of Rera Pan 100S (no. Iíve not heard of it before either) arrive. Iím glad to say that the digitaltruth websiteís Great Big Developing Chart has heard of it, and provides developing times for plenty of different developers, including Rodinal, which is a bit of a favourite of mine.

In these days of exposure precision, where our meters are calibrated in tenths of a stop, a camera with a single shutter speed and a fixed aperture seems a perverse idea. But filmís pretty resilient stuff: it will take a good deal of overexposure before it just gives up. Remember, the Hawkeye was made back in the Thirties, when a film speed of around 20 ISO would have been considered quite fastÖ Even though ISO was not even a gleam in a standard-writerís eyeÖ So in bright light, modern film will be overexposed, and there should still be something going on in cloudy dull conditionsÖ

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bliba Avatar
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
7 Sep 2020 2:38PM
cool result Wink
chase Avatar
chase Plus
18 2.5k 682 England
7 Sep 2020 3:16PM
Awesome results John, I am mega star for you Wink
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
7 Sep 2020 3:20PM
Hi Dudler.
If you want to reduce the amount of light reaching the film or make the exposure longer. why not using a red gelatine to cover the lens? pablophotographer
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
7 Sep 2020 3:22PM
The results on the film strip look sharp to me. Well, hawks are known to have good eyesight 😀
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20 2.1k 2048 England
7 Sep 2020 4:17PM
No need to reduce the light hitting the film - the sun obliged by filtering itself through a big grey cloud. I reckon a 2.5 stop cloud...

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