The OCAU "film is not dead" club

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by onrelas, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Katunka89

    Katunka89 Member

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    35mm. I have the pentax for medium format. Am leaning towards either a ZI, an M6, or for the candeh option, an xpan, of which I've seen quite a few of on ebay for a lot less than I thought. I currently use my himatic the most by far, and it suits me well (the flash sync up to 1/500 is pretty cool), but the viewfinder is somewhat lacking, and I find myself sometimes wanting a bit wider or a bit longer than the 45mm lens it has.

    I plan to sell off a few of my other cameras, as I feel wasteful having them and not using them as much.
     
  2. De_Cruelz

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    +1 for the Xpan option :)

    The Xpan I's go for quite a bit cheaper compared to the II's and if you don't mind a few of the design flaws, i'd say definitely go for it! Would be awesome to have a pano camera in RF size and hand held shots :thumbup:

    Then again, i'm biased towards panoramic formats :D
     
  3. Katunka89

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    Yeah I only started considering it recently.. I'm trying to weigh up whether I would actually use panoramic mode much, or whether it would just be a gimmick. That and the leica would be better for certain things than the xpan, and vice versa..
     
  4. xhanatos

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    My first ever film SLR :cool: Bastard is pretty damn heavy, heavier than my k10d+battery grip..
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    Got some cheap kodak ultramax 400 from KMart and I'm gonna give this badboy a go tomorrow at the tulip festival.
     
  5. Jimboberella

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    Shot these with my Olympus OM-4 with 50mm Zukio 1.4 using cheap Fuji Superia 200 film and HP photosmart multifunction scan of the print. I am loving the feel of the result but there is room for improvement too.

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  6. SilverRayne

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    Is it me or does the skin colour look a bit odd?

    Do the prints look similar? I haven't shot superia200 for years.
     
  7. Jimboberella

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    Yeah the second one in particular is a little grubby or dirty looking (and no its not just my kids) I reckon I need to play with the scanner settings. I was not sure the camera would even work so I just grabbed the cheap film and went out and took some shots.
     
  8. breech

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    When using scanners:
    Use the highest possible scan resolution.
    Avoid lossy compressed file formats such as JPG, saving as PNG is good for quality & is web compatible.
    Shrink the image in a good photo program.

    Try the second pic again & let's see if theres a difference but I'm expecting the cheap film/photo lab printing is also adding to your granularity problem.
     
  9. Athiril

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    Then you'll know that it has the finest grain of any colour film, godly reciprocity, and widest exposure latitude of any slide film? :D

    Astia 100f <3 <3 <3 <3
     
  10. Jimboberella

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    Scanning at a higher res (600 vs 200) and without sharpening was a little better. Cleaning the platten also helped ;) I'm still playing with the various options to see what works best.
     
  11. peewee82

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    35mm film? Use 1200 or 2400, then downsize if it's too big. 600 still seems a bit low to me.
     
  12. Athiril

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    He's scaning from a lab print I believe.



    /me runs out a buys a RZ67 + 110mm f/2.8 x_x
     
  13. doigal

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    My cut down kodak 120 aerochrome arrived today, meant to be the same stuff as the EIR colour IR film from years ago.

    Now to find a camera to put it in (the pinhole 120 isnt worthy!)
     
  14. Athiril

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    Nice, I'll have to finish off this genuine EIR roll soon and get it devved ;)

    Got one left after that...
     
  15. doigal

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    what was the expiry date? the stuff on flickr of the aerochrome dosnt look any different than the original EIR stuff. Cant see it being around for too much longer though.

    dont forget to post your eir pics!
     
  16. norbs

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    Been happy playing with film and got a few new cameras, including a 120 film one. I am now thinking of trying to print my own B&W prints. What sort of outlay am I looking at and how hard is it to do? Full on dark room required I assume.
     
  17. Katunka89

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    If you're lucky, you can get a whole setup for free, if someone is throwing one out. I managed to pick up an enlarger and timer, baseboard, easel, etc for free from uni. These days with lots of people moving to digital there are lots around. I am going to build a darkroom with my dad so that I can do some printing.

    Basically you can budget very low and aim to get as much for free as possible, make use of existing spare rooms or bathrooms in your house and black them out etc. Or you could go all out.

    I have yet to try printing (but am very eager), but I hear it isn't all that hard to start out. Pick up a book like Lee Frost's simple art of Black and White, so you can have a look at the techniques involved.
     
  18. De_Cruelz

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    Film is DEFINITELY not dead ;)

    A sign of things to come and a pic processed to set the mood :lol:

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  19. two40

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    mmm xpan. retro sexy super cool film porn. enjoy :)
     
  20. Katunka89

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    Nice, hope you enjoy it! Post up some pics when you can.
     

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