New QWD ECN2 developer kit for Motion picture film .. Mini review .. My first 3 rolls …

I have shot motion picture stock quite a bit but have always developed it in C41 chemistry which is essentially cross processing as it is meant to be processed in ECN2.

I have sent 1 roll to a lab to be processed correctly and really loved the colours so when Analogue Wonderland announced that they were going to sell ECN2 chemistry I jumped at the chance to give it a try.

The kit was by a new company to me called QWD .. Quiet We’re Dreaming who I believe are an American company that are distributing the kits via Analogue Wonderland here in the UK.

The kit is all powder based (sorry no images as I mixed the chemistry and disposed of the bags before writing this blog post).

The supplied instructions are extremely easy to follow even if you are new to developing your own film.

Before you start the things that you need is 5 bottles that hold 1 litre of fluid for the chemistry and preferably a Sous Vide heater with which to keep the temperature stable.

For the Stop Bath part that is in the instructions I just used standard ilford Stop that I use for B&W developing and not the White Vinegar mix.

The best thing about this kit is that the only critical process is the actual developer which has to be at 41 degrees C while all the other processes can be done with a larger tolerance (see the card number 5) which makes the whole process so much easier.

I filled my container with hot water from the tap which ended up about 43 degrees C and I switched on the heater and put all the chemicals in jugs and placed into the water to heat up while I went and loaded the film into the Dev tank.

The temp then cools down to 41 Degrees and the Sous Vide maintains it for me.

By this time all the chems are about 25 degrees so I boil the kettle and pour it into another container and place the developer jug in it to get up to 41 degrees C.

By the time the developer has reached 41 degrees the other chems are about 34 degrees in the big container which is well within the tolerances so I take them out of the water and proceed to follow the instruction with the Pre Bath first then all the steps in the sequence on card 5.

While developing after each inversion cycle I put the tank back into the 41 degree C water to keep it at the same temperature for the 3 minutes.

I don’t bother with the other baths as the temperature is within the tolerance.

My rinsing is done with filtered water that I store in 1 litre bottles and are warmed up a bit in another plastic container.

I have hard water here so I don’t like rinsing with straight tap water so I use a standard Brita water filter jug to fill a few bottles ready for when I develop.

Once done which is pretty quick all things considered I take the film out of the dev tank and put it in the container with the Sous Vide (now switched off) and a few drops of Photo Flo and gently wipe all over the film with my fingers to remove all the traces of any Remjet that may still remain.

On my 1st roll there was a little bit of Remjet on a few frames which I missed so on the 2nd and 3rd rolls I spent a bit of time on this final step before hanging up to dry.

As I said earlier this whole process is very easy and the results that I got were very pleasing.

According to everything I have read you can get at least 16 rolls out of this and unlike C41 you don’t have to extend the times the more film that you develop either.

I shot Fuji Reala 500D, Kodak Vision 3 50D and Kodak Vision 3 250D and here is a few similar images that you can compare colourwise.

250D
Reala 500D
50D
250D
Reala 500D
50D

As you can see the Fuji Reala is a bit cooler than both the Kodak stocks.

The 3 rolls were all shot on different days but the lighting was very similar being very overcast an a bit wet.

Obviously this is not a scientific test just me shooting the 3 daylight motion picture stocks that I have just as a test for myself so don’t take these images as a final definitive look as it depends on the lighting.

I have done other blog posts where I shot in good light and developed in C41 if you are interested to compare.

https://timdobbsphoto.com/2019/09/12/kodak-vision-3-50d-in-the-sunshine/

https://timdobbsphoto.com/2018/07/02/really-enjoying-shooting-motion-picture-stock/

https://timdobbsphoto.com/2018/05/10/1st-time-shooting-kodak-5219-vision-3-500t-thats-a-bit-of-a-mouthful/

Anyway here is a gallery of all three stocks just to see how this excellent chemistry performs …

Click on an image to see larger .. the file name will show which film stock it is

So if you would like to give Motion picture film a try and develop it at home the get over to Analogue Wonderland and get the kit.

You can also find QWD on their website at https://quietweredreaming.com/ and on instagram at http://@quietweredreaming

If you want to contact me about any of this then message me on twitter or drop me an email and I will be happy to help if I can.

t. @timdobbsphoto e. timd.photography@gmail.com

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Autumn colours .. Mamiya 645 on Kodak Portra 400vc …. the whole roll

As usual here in the South Wales valleys the weather is pretty up and down at the minute but on one of the days that the sun burst through between gale force winds and rain I went out with the Mamiya 645 with the 80mm f2.8 and 45mm f2.8 ( last 3 frames .. so damn sharp ) loaded with some expired Kodak Portra 400vc and tried to capture the lovely Autumn colours here.

I processed the roll using the excellent Tetenal C41 kit which I have managed to stretch to 26 rolls so far with no problems.

I love using the Mamiya as I can get 15 frames and to be honest I find it easier to compose the 645 format compared to square and since getting the Mamiya RB67 I felt I was neglecting its smaller/lighter little brother.

The images came out just as I wanted with plenty of lovely warm Autumn colours and as usual the Mamiya glass didn’t disappoint rendering lovely sharp images even wide open.

So here is the whole roll .. comments most welcome

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Shooting long expired Original Agfa Scala 200 slide film ….

I have been trying to sort out my negative filing today and came across a roll of Agfa Scala 200 that I shot last year and had it processed by Silverpan film lab.

The film was given to me and was long expired obviously and I didn’t have a clue how it had been stored so I was not confident on how it would come out or even if it would work at all.

I decided to shoot it using my Leica M2 and exposed it at 100 iso which in hindsight was not even close, I should have gone for 50 iso or even lower.

Anyway when the positives came back it was still a thrill to see B&W slides for the first time even if they were very underexposed and some of the frames were totally unusable.

Thanks to Epson scan and Lightroom I managed to salvage quite a few frames and was very pleased with what I got so much so I have bought a few rolls of the Adox Scala film to try.

So here are the frames that I ended up with …

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Rollei Retro 400s … almost the whole roll

Over the last few months I have shot a few rolls of Rollei’s RPX range which I really liked the look of.

So a few weeks back I was trying to decide what film to shoot that day and came across a roll of Retro 400S which I have shot once before and was not really that happy with how the roll came out developed in Rodinal.

I checked the Massive dev chart app and saw that I could also develop it in ilfotecHC so I thought I would give it a go and compare it to the RPX 400 and the previous roll.

I have been trying to post complete rolls of film recently and this was my plan for this one but whilst out on my walk my Pentax Super A sort of developed a problem.

Nearly every time that I half pressed the shutter to activate the meter nothing happened so I was trying to press the shutter button at different angles with my finger until it worked.

The problem was that on a few occasions I fired the damn shutter giving either totally blurred/black or over exposed frames so this roll only had 31 keeper which you can see here.

I have since used the Super A again and have found that I need to rest my finger towards the front of the shutter button for a second or two and the meter activates every time now.

By using ilfotecHC rather than Rodinal the images were far more like what I have seen on the interwebs … Great Blacks, contrasty and sharp with highlights that didn’t blow out and a really nice grain.

My 1st roll seemed muddy and excessively grainy so if I buy anymore of this stock it will be getting souped in ilfotecHC for sure.

So here are the images … comments most welcome

 

 

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1st time shooting Lomochrome Metropolis 35mm … the whole roll

I love trying new films whether they are new emulsions or just a film that I have never shot before.

Lomochrome Metropolis is an actual new emulsion developed by Lomography that according to the write up on their site can be exposed between 100 and 400 iso without any change in development.

Link … Lomo Metropolis

As it was £13 per roll and I only bought one to try I decided on the middle ground and went with 200 iso.

As some of the shots involved the sky I did use some exposure compensation .. the camera of choice was the Minolta X700 with the 50mm F1.7.

The roll was developed and scanned by FilmDev just to get accurate colours so that I can judge if I like the desaturated look that I have seen.

I shot the roll over a week so the beginning of the roll was a bit of street and the rest was a mountain walk here in the South Wales valleys.

At first sight I loved how this film looks, yes it did have a desaturated look which worked well on the street images but when you went out into the countryside it still had that look but the greens seemed to pop probably because the rest of the colours were subtle.

The film was pretty sharp and contrasty, the grain was there to be seen but at 200 iso it was very pleasant maybe at 400 it would be a bit more pronounced.

I am a bit gutted that this film is so expensive as I would be shooting it quite a bit if it were £10 or less a roll that being said I will be buying more but using it now and again depending on what I am shooting.

Well here is the complete roll … click to see an image larger

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Shooting expired Kodak EliteChrome 400 ….

Quite a while ago I was gifted a bag full of expired slide film from a photographer friend.

The bag contained plenty of film stocks that I had never shot before mainly Kodak Elitechrome 100/400 and Ektachrome 160 Tungsten.

I have shot the 100 iso previously and it was fine even though it all had a dubious history of storage.

I was expecting the 400 iso to be slightly more more grainy and I was unsure what iso to shoot it at, I only went 1 stop with the 100 and shot that at 50.

I decided to do the same with the 400 and shot it at 200 iso using my Nikon F100 and 50mm f1.4.

The problem was that when I developed it using the Tetenal E6 kit and then scanned it was that the whole roll was slightly underexposed but also blew out some of the highlights so I was glad that I didn’t push it any more as I managed to get some pretty decent images when processing in Lightroom.

Compared to the previous 100 iso this roll faired a little worse showing much more grain and not as sharp overall but I was happy with the slightly muted colours.

Here is a selection of images from the roll .. click to view larger

 

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Shot my 1st roll of Kodak Ektar in ages … Here is the whole roll

For the first time in a while we had a lovely sunny Saturday the other week so I wanted to shoot colour on one of my mountain hikes.

I considered shooting some slide as I have quite a few rolls of expired film in my fridge as well as a couple of rolls of new Kodak Ektachrome but as I was going through my film stash I came across a roll of Ektar that expired back in 2015.

I am pretty sure that I bought it new and it has been lost in my fridge since then.

I don’t really shoot Ektar that often, in fact I probably have only shot 5 or 6 rolls in the past so I decided to use that for a change.

I do like how Ektar looks when I have used it and also there are loads of gorgeous images on the internet so instead of developing it myself I sent it to the awesome filmdev to get the scans right rather than me having to mess around trying to get the “Ektar Look”.

I shot the roll with my Nikon FE2 and the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 pancake lens that looks and works great with the FE2.

So here is the whole roll including the 1st test shot while loading the film (not very good but as it’s the whole roll I left it in) also the last 2 frames were shot indoors just to finish the roll.

I tried to look for subjects that would lend themselves to the Ektar look namely punchy Reds & Greens.

At the time of writing this blog Analogue Wonderland are running a competition to shoot Ektar along with a super discount on purchasing 120 and 35mm Ektar if anyone wants to take a look  (I am not affiliated to them I just love the service they supply) just click the link to visit the website for details.

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Expired film day 2020 …… ilford XP1 … the whole roll

Back in March this year just before all this Covid 19 lockdown stuff I entered the Expired film day competition like I have done on previous years.

The whole point is to get out and shoot as much old expired film over a 3 day weekend then submit 3 of you best images with the chance to win some lovely film prizes.

I was luck to win a prize last year so I was very surprised to win again this year considering the really high standard of the other entries.

I have loads of expired film but I came across some old ilford XP1 on eBay so I was excited to give it a go and with fingers crossed manage to capture something worthwhile.

Somehow I messed up and shot 1st frame on my Mamiya 645 while getting it out of my bag with the lens cap on so only ended up with 14 final images.

I rated the roll at 100 iso and it was developed/Scanned by filmdev 

I asked them to push it one stop in development as well if poss and explained what I was trying to do with the images.

Here is a link to the Expired film day website … Click here

And here is the image that I was lucky to have selected for a prize … Click here

So here is the complete roll ….

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Fuji Reala 500D developed in C41 Chemistry …. Something went wrong but I think I like it

I have shot Reala 500D quite a few times and love the subdued colours when developed in C41 chemistry.

This weekend was quite drab and rainy here in Wales so I wanted to shoot colour film stock on my walk and at 1st I was going to shoot either Lomo 400 or 800 but I have been using both of those stock quite a bit recently so I remembered I still had a few rolls of Reala 500D in the fridge so I went with that for a change.

I shot it at iso 250 using my Minolta X700 with the 50mm f1.4 with the hope of getting less grain as I have seen plenty of images on the internet shot at least 1 or even 2 stops over that have looked lovely.

I have processed remjet backed film before so I mixed up a big jug of soda crystals with warm water and proceeded to fill/shake/discard the solution a few times before development to remove the remjet.

The 1st fill came out black as normal and got lighter by the 3rd fill but to my surprise the 4th and subsequent fills were coming out greeny yellow.

I used all my solution and then developed the roll as normal.

Once out of the tank the film looked pretty normal to the naked eye, maybe a little on the dark side but it wasn’t until I went to scan the images I realised there was something wrong.

There were areas of magenta and green and quite a bit of grain.

At first I was well cheesed off but after tweaking the RGB channels individually on each frame in Epson scan I did get some reasonably even colours which I then managed to edit further in Lightroom.

After the initial depression of the 1st scans I really liked how most of the photos looked … Obviously the colours were pretty wrong but overall I feel that they all seem to work for the subject matter.

I am not really sure what went wrong but my assumption was that the remjet removal bit was at fault.

The C41 chemistry is only 8 rolls old so I think that was not the problem .. also the film itself was from a batch that I have shot before that was fine.

So here is the best selection … click on an image to view larger…

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Sunny day walk with my Daughter & some Kodak Portra 400VC …

I have been working all the way through this pandemic lockdown which is a blessing as I think I would have gone nuts if I had to stay home so on the weekends I make the most of it by going on a long walk here in our lovely Garw Valley.

Most weekends if she isn’t working too I have been joined by my daughter who has been eager to explore the many different walks we have here in our vicinity.

I bought quite a few rolls of Portra 400VC from Mr Cad ages ago so I thought it was about time that I shot some of it so I loaded my trusty Mamiya 645 and went out on a hot Saturday morning to do a 8 mile trek around our valley.

After developing the roll I had some issues namely strange light leaks in different places and of different intensities so I immediately thought the camera was at fault even though I have never had a problem like this on any other rolls.

After posting on Twitter asking if anyone had any idea what it could be most people suggested the camera which would have been the obvious choice so I loaded up a roll of ilford SFX and shot that the following day under the same sunny conditions only to find they were all perfect … no leaks so on this occasion I think the problem was with the film itself.

I bought about 20 rolls and have shot 7 or 8 previously and all were fine except this one.

As most of the leaks occurred on the edges I managed to salvage quite a few frames with a little cropping which was pretty easy as it was a 6 x 4.5 frame.

See this original scan sample here

 

Anyway here are the final images … please click to view larger ….

 

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