I’d been jonesing for a medium format point and shoot for a couple of years now. I like higher end automatic rangefinder style cameras because they allow me to focus on the image rather than the settings. It was one of those deep down wants that I’d feed on regular occasions with internet reviews and Ebay browsing. LOTS of internet reviews and Ebay browsing…
If you chose to use ID-11 or D-76 full strength, there is something you can do to cut down on the cost: replenishment. Using D-76R or ID-11R it is possible to use and reuse the developer over for as much as one year, but over a year is not recommended.
I own a lot of Nikon cameras, yes, I collect a lot of manual focus bodies but there’s one autofocus body in my kit I picked up years ago off Ebay. Recently I decided for kicks to run a roll of film through it, I’m talking about the Nikon N90s (in the USA) and F90x (rest of planet Earth), it is a very sophisticated sleeper of a camera that in it’s day was considered a pro body, today you can buy for peanuts.
I’m still tweaking the process somewhat to get as close to the classic colorscape of Kodachrome with every roll, but as it sits now. Kodachrome is not dead, its very much alive in my small laboratory, and I plan on keeping it that way as long as possible!
Well, I got my hands on a 1959 Rolleiflex 3.5E. It's gorgeous and packed full of advanced features. The one thing I hadn't properly addressed in my scramble for 120 perfection was the fact that it is 6x6cm, or 2¼” square. Perfectly square. I pushed it to the back of my mind: 'I can always crop. I'll just carry on as usual.' 'Square is no problem'.....
The OpticFilm 120 is a dedicated film scanner that’s capable of digitizing negatives from 35mm up to 6x12cm. It’s the ideal solution, in my opinion for any photographer who does not need to scan prints and who is not shooting sheet film. If you’re shooting roll film then this is most likely the scanner for you if you want the ultimate quality.
The OpticFilm 8200i Ai is a dedicated 35mm film scanner that’s capable of scanning both cut strips of film and mounted slides. It’s hard to say exactly who this scanner is for, and a lot of people will probably see the lack of versatility as a shortcoming, but for the dedicated 35mm photographer it’s really pretty great. No extra film holders to store while not in use, a smaller footprint on your desk, and overall less fuss than something like a flatbed.