My display case at home contains too many 35mm SLR cameras. Beautiful, elegant examples from some of the big names in film camera manufacturing; Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Konica, stare wistfully through the glass. The cameras are from my brief yet intense period of searching for my perfect 35mm SLR camera.
I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, so I know what film is. I held negatives and prints in my hands and even held the negatives up to the light as a kid to see what they were. I grew up looking at the hotrod and fashion magazines that were all shot on film. Of course back then I had no idea of what cameras or film were being used. I knew I just liked it.
About a month ago, someone on a photography forum made a post about a new limited edition film from Lomography. The post was made somewhat tongue-in-check, poking fun at Lomography's marketing strategy for this "new" film. In my mind, any news of new film is exciting news, so of course I went to Lomography's website to read more about it.
The Winter months for those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially after the rush of the holidays, can be a downright depressing time. Redscale is a fun and creative project especially when you’re looking to liven things up in the dead of winter.
In response to the collective winter doldrums of a few members this year, I suggested a film swap extravaganza. We are working on that, and you will see the results of it sometime this spring. But for now, a teaser!
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!