Eventually trying ilford Ortho Plus 80 …..

When ilford were teasing about something new coming to the film photography market a while back I was eager to find out what it could be …

When they announced Ortho Plus 80 I was excited to try it out as I have never used Orthochromatic film before.

Just incase you don’t know what Ortho film is here is a little snippet from ilford….

ILFORD ORTHO PLUS is an orthochromatic black and white film. Designed as a high-resolution copy film for negatives, ORTHO PLUS offers superb photographic potential thanks to its fine grain and sharpness.

Ideally suited for landscape photography, the blue and green sensitivity of this emulsion enables the film to be handled in deep red* safelight conditions making processing and inspection easier.

Its lack of red sensitivity also means that reds and oranges in your frame are rendered darker with stronger contrast than standard panchromatic films (all other ILFORD and Kentmere films are panchromatic).

So over christmas I went out over 2 days trying to shoot a range of subjects to see how it performed … I used my Nikon F100 and 50mm f1.4 and developed it using ilfotecHC 1+31 dilution for 6 minutes.

I was really impressed with the images … lovely fine grain, great tonal range and really sharp.

If this was a bit faster than 80 it would challenge my love for HP5+ as my goto B&W film.

I have a roll of 120 to try next and may put it through my Fuji GW690iii to see how much resolution the lovely film stock will produce.

So here is most of the roll as I have omitted some frames as they were duplicates due to bracketing some images.

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Lomography F2/400 ….. What’s it like then?

I had seen this film advertised for a while but never seemed to be able to get my hands on any as it was always sold out.

Lucky for me a few months back I got a roll sent to me by a fellow twitter photographer along with various other eclectic film stocks.

I was pretty excited to try it out and loaded my Olympus OM1n as I had not shot it for ages and managed to get quite an array of images over a 2 week period … Grey day/Sunny day, Night time and some close ups too.

I had the roll developed and scanned by Filmdev 

The images were really punchy with quite a bit more grain than I was used to with Lomo CN400 which is my current goto colour negative stock.

Even though the grain was present I was really happy with how they looked, the colours were lovely and had an almost X-Pro/vivid look where the reds and greens popped and pretty sharp too.

I think the images in really good light or night time scenes with lights worked the best for me, in fact if I can get hold of some more I would definitely go night shooting.

Here is a selection from the roll ….

 

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Minolta X700 & Some JCH Streetpan 400….

Over the last few months I have been adding to my Minolta SLR collection and one of the cameras I have been looking for since I began was an X700 that was in good condition as well as a reasonable price and I eventually found one.

It appeared in excellent condition so I loaded it with some JCH Streetpan 400 and popped out to give it a test.

I shot the whole roll using aperture priority using the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 and developed in Rodinal 1+25 dilution for 10 1/2 minutes.

As you would expect the images were lovely and contrasty/sharp and the camera exposures were pretty much spot on.

The camera was lovely to shoot with handling great and is probably going to be one of the Minolta SLR’s that I will shoot regularly.

Here is a selection of images … comments most welcome

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My 1st roll of Fuji Industrial 100 …..

There are not too many 35mm film stocks that I have not had experience of shooting but Fuji Industrial 100 has escaped me until now.

Normally from what I have read on the web only available in Japan but a few online uk vendors have been stocking it at reasonable prices.

As described by Analogue Wonderland

“Fujifilm Industrial 100 is a gorgeous colour negative film with exceptional sharpness, natural skin tones, and faithful colour reproduction.”

I didn’t shoot any portraits so I cannot vouch for the natural skin tones but the colours were gorgeous and the sharpness is excellent.

The images were shot on my Pentax Program A & 50mm f1.7.

I had the film developed and scanned by Filmdev who as per usual did a wonderful job.

Here is a selection of the images …..

 

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1st time shooting Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 ….

It’s great that in the last few months there has been a few new film stocks hitting the market which can only be good for us film shooters.

Potsdam Kino is a B&W cine film along the lines of the Berlin Kino film that was launched previously by Lomography.

It is 100 iso film with a supposedly wide exposure latitude according to reports on the interwebs so I loaded up my Mamiya C330 on an overcast yet quite bright day and went out to see how it performed.

I developed it in ID11 1+1 dilution for 7 minutes.

The negatives looked great out of the tank .. nice and punchy looking contrast and pretty sharp at first glance.

Once scanned and into lightroom a was pleased to say very little editing was required as the scans yielded excellent shadow and highlight detail and apart from slightly bringing down the highlights and pushing the shadows a bit they looked great, contrasty and sharp.

I have some in 35mm format which I am looking forward to trying just to see if I get the same results as sometimes I find it a bit harder to pull out detail in the shadow areas when using 35mm compared to 120.

So if you like punchy/contrasty/sharp images with minimum grain then give this film a go and you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway here is the whole roll … comments most welcome

 

 

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Kodak Vision 3 50D in the sunshine ….

I have quite a few rolls of Kodak Vision 3 50D along with a few other rolls of various motion picture stock in my fridge.

I had been waiting for some good light to try the 50D to see how it performed as I really liked the 250D when it was processed in both C41 & ECN2 chemistry.

I hadn’t shot my Pentax Program A for a while so I went out for a walk to see what I could get in the sun.

As I was pretty impatient I developed the roll in C41 as I don’t have any ECN2 chemistry yet.

The initial scans where pretty flat which isn’t a surprise but once I got them into Lightroom and just tweaked the Dehaze slider the images really popped.

The grain was pretty smooth which is to be expected with a film rated at 50 iso and it was pretty sharp as well.

Overall I really like the look of this film stock, it’s not as versatile as 250D or 500T but if you have good light it is definitely a film I want to shoot more of but next time I will develop in ECN2 chems.

Anyway here is a selection of shots from the roll …. comments welcome 🙂

 

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Salvaged images from badly stored/expired ilford Delta 400 …

I have quite a large stock of expired film acquired from friends/fellow photographers and eBay and I usually know the storage details of nearly all of it but sometimes I get hold of some rolls that have no information on how it spent it’s life.

Last week the cloud formations up here in the South Wales valleys was pretty nice so I went out with my Mamiya 645 and 45mm f2.8 lens with a roll of ilford Delta 400 with the intention of getting some pretty detailed images of the landscape up here.

The film expired in 2004 so I rated it at 200 iso  and proceeded to shoot the roll.

To be honest I have only had trouble with expired ilford film when it has been much older that this and even then it was still usable so when I opened up the development tank and was greeted with some pretty murky negatives I was pretty disappointed.

Once I began scanning it became evident that the whole roll was under exposed quite a bit and the grain was very pronounced unlike how Delta usually looks.

I also suspected that my fix was on its last legs which didn’t help matters (new batched already mixed for next time).

The Epson scan software struggled to find the edges of some frames which meant I had to scan each frame individually.

Once in Adobe Lightroom I have spent the last week back and fore between Lightroom & Photoshop trying to get the best out of the scans and I managed to salvage 9 frames which I am happy to post.

Anyway …. lesson for today … Know how your film has been stored before taking any important shots.

Also buy more fresh Delta 400  because if I managed to get these images with a crappy old roll imagine what they would look like on fresh film and maybe with my Fuji Gw690ii 6×9.

Here are the images … comments most welcome

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