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    I picked this photo at random from my archive to show someone the color mask removal I used when using digital camera capture of 35mm color negatives. But when I started looking at it, I liked the scene enough that I decided to render it to a finish print.

    I can't for the life of me remember what camera or lens it was, it was Kodacolor 200 (my standard print film back then). Anyway, for what it's worth ...


    Unknown camera & Kodacolor 200 film
    Capture: Leica CL + Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8

    It's fun to find something like this in a forgotten 37 year old negative strip..!

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    I stuffed the MiNT InstaKon RF70 into my bag with a fresh load of Fuji Instax Wide B&W film in it and went for a bicycle ride yesterday. I only made one photo on my bicycle ride, but after I returned home and dressed to go to the club for a drink with some friends, I carried it again and shot the remaining nine frames on the bus and while walking about downtown. I like five of them.


    Photos About Town - San Jose 2020

    Most of them I guessed focus on. Two of these I guessed and set manual exposure too. I have to spend more time with the flash unit to understand what to expect from it...

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    Streets of Hanoi
    Contax G1, Biogon 28mm, Kodak Tri-X 400
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    Ta Pohm Temple, Kambodia
    Again Contax G1, 28mm, Tri-X

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    Samples made with this lens are not easy to find. The lens is very rare, it were extrem expensive and the most of it are now in collectors hands which never using a lens, really sad.
    The lens I write about is the Voigtlander Super Dynarex 5.6/350mm and I used it with a Bessamatic M, Adox Silvermax 100 film and Silvermax developer.
    I used f/5.6

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    Re: More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

    I took an isolation ride on my bicycle for exercise today. Strange to be riding and see so few people around, so little traffic.

    I had the Polaroid SLR670x with me. As I passed Levi's Stadium, I stopped to snap a couple of photos of my new bicycle with the stadium as backdrop.





    Polaroid SLR670x by MiNT
    Polaroid Originals 600 B&W
    ISO 600 @ f/8 @ 1/250, Yellow filter

    Stay safe, stay healthy, keep your spirits up!

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    Re: More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

    Just digging up slides and tossing others. Kodachrome.

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    Yesterday I shot an Adox Silvermax 100 with my Voigtlander Bessamatic Deluxe. I used different lenses; Voigtlander Color Skopar 2.8/50mm, Dynarex 4.8/100mm, Super Dynarex 4/135mm, Schneider Curtagon 4/24mm and a Rodenstock Rotelar 4/85mm
    Negative scans with the Epson V700.
    This DKL mount lenses are very valueable and useful, I used every lens of this mount and I dont find one with a bad quality, a lot of it are very cheap. The Color Skopar f.ex. is the best Tessar type lens you can find, it costs $10 or less, it is nearly apochromatic corrected. Computed by A.W. Tronnier like the other DKL lenses from Voigtlander as well.
    Take care of you!

    Here a sample shot with the Dynarex 4.8/100mm, I used f/4.8


    Here one taken with the Rodenstock Rotelar 4/85 f/4


    Voigtlander Super Dynarex 4/135mm with Portrait attachment lens f/4


    Schneider Kreuznach Curtagon 4/28mm f/4


    Voigtlander Color Skopar X 2.8/50mm f/4.8
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    Sorting some old stuff and thinning it out I came across this shot of my Niece. This was c. 1985 and shot on Ektachrome with Nikon, likely F2AS or F3HP and 105 f1.4 or 135 f2. She grabbed my glasses and my to be father-in-law plopped his hat on her (he's from New Mexico and a farmer) and this impromptu portrait emerged. Most scans from slides I do at 2000dpi, but the grain and exposure allowed for this 4000dpi scan.

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    The first one, in the corner of the garden box, has a sunflower suet feeder. That didn't last long as you can see. The squirrels took over and a new suet solution was needed. Anyway, this is Ektachrome via F3HP and scanned at 2000dpi on my Coolscan 5000.

    The second one is of the Blue Angels over Lake Washington with Mt. Rainier in the background. This was shot with Contax RTSIII and 100-300 Zeiss zoom, awesome combination in those days. Also Ektachrome and scanned at 2000dpi on my Coolscan 5000. Shot c.1990/91.

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    I like the feel of spaces and shapes in this photo I made last November-December:


    "370" - San Francisco 2020 (made in Dec 2019
    Minox 35GT-D, Ilford Delta 400
    Nikon Coolscan V ED

    enjoy!
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    Same roll of film, a weekend walk through the Sunday Mountain View Farmer's Market ...


    Tomatoes - Mountain View 2019
    Minox 35GT-E + Ilford Delta 400

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    On my isolation walk yesterday, 20APR2020 ...


    Sign Santa Clara 2020


    House, Tree, Fence, Shrub Santa Clara 2020


    Tree & Fence Santa Clara 2020

    All with: Polaroid SLR670a + Polaroid Originals 600 Color

    Shooting with a Polaroid SX-70 is so totally different from shooting with almost anything else!

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    From yesterday's isolation ride...


    Meditation San Jose, Japan Town 2020
    Polaroid SLR670a by MiNT + Polaroid Originals 600 Color

    The lighting was very difficult, very wide dynamic range for instant film. So I had a little fun in the rendering.

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    Alasphot A'ssas SHD 3 Boyer Paris 75mm F4.5

    Film : Kodak ColorPlus 200 (135 film on 6x6 format camera)

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    Ensign 820 Special Ross Xpres 105mm F3.8

    Kodak ClorPlus 200 (135 film on 6x9)

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    Re: More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

    I took my 'isolation exercise' ride early yesterday because a few friends were going to meet up for an early lunch and chat at a Weinerschnitzel in San Jose. I pulled out the MiNT InstaKon RF-70 because I hadn't used it in a bit, loaded it with some fresh film after checking the batteries (still had plenty of charge!), and set off on my bicycle.


    Dale


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    Glenn


    Annie

    Aside from making a half a dozen dumb mistakes* (... because I haven't used the camera for a bit, sigh, and it's so different to use compared to the SX-70 ...), I am pleased with the photos. The Fuji Instax Wide film produces very nice quality, as expected. (I set up the camera and handed it to Dale to snap the photo of me... )

    * The mistakes came down to a simple thing: The RF-70 is manual aperture control and has a minimum exposure time of 1/500 sec; the Instax film is ISO 800. I kept over-exposing, because I was set to f/8 ... ISO 800 @ f/8 really needs something like 1/1600 second for this kind of sunlit scene. The SX-70 film is ISO 160, the 600 film is ISO 640, and the SX-70 or SLR670 variants can get to shorter exposure times and adjust the aperture smaller automatically (when on auto mode); my other (digital) cameras all have 1/2000-1/8000 second capability so I rarely run into over-exposure this way and just forgot.

    Dumb on my part. Once I realized the problem, I just stopped down to f/16 and the RF70 did great. Such it is...

    Enjoy!
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    Memorial Corner - Japan Town, San Jose 2020
    SuperSense 6/66 Instant Pinhole Camera
    Polaroid Originals SX-70 B&W

    I pulled out the Instant Pinhole camera for a bit of shooting/testing today and am delighted to say that the improvements in available SX-70 and 600 series film now make it a quite usable camera.

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    F6, 85/1.4, Speedlight SB-600, XP2 @200, HC-110, LS9000 scan:


    Thomas_2020 by chrism229, on Flickr

    and with a 50/1.4:


    Lockdown Lunacy by chrism229, on Flickr

    I'm going to have to start powdering Thomas' forehead!
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    I took the SuperSense 6/66 Instant Pinhole on yesterday's cycle ride again, with the intent of doing a selfie of myself with the bicycle on one of the nicer highway pedestrian crossings on my route. I set it up for a wide view (bellows position #2) and calculated exposure with the 0.12mm pinhole to be about 4 seconds. The first exposure was to test my exposure calculations ... Thank the gods for the current version of Polaroid SX-70 B&W film, which has processed enough after just four-five minutes that I can tell whether the exposure is good.


    Having made that exposure, I then realized the folly: The Instant Pinhole camera has no self time, actually no shutter: You make the exposure by twisting the blind in the standard the right direction and uncovering the pinhole for a set amount of time, then twisting it back. To achieve this, I had to pull the camera much closer so it would be within arm's reach, and then carefully do the dance with the shutter blind, trying not to move the camera overmuch.


    Eh! what's life without a little challenge?
    Fun stuff.

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    I don't seem to be able to stop making inappropriate combinations of film and developer, and worrying at them until they work. This is XP2 Super (what else!) at ISO 200 in Diafine, and developed with continuous agitation for 5+5 minutes in the motorised Rondinax.:



    85mm Selfie by chrism229, on Flickr

    I'm afraid I cut off the top of my head, but there was only me at home and I needed to try it out. Anyway, I'm delighted with the minimal grain and thus the film was not wasted.
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    Hmmm... I have a prehistoric batch of Diafine buried in the back of the chemistry shelf in my darkroom... and a brick of XP2 Super...
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    If you go that way, don't expose it at 400 if using Diafine - it gets grainy. They say Diafine must only have one gentle inversion each minute if using an ordinary tank, but it doesn't seem to have been at all upset by the 40rpm of the Rondinax, and where only the bottom half of the rotating reel is in the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrism View Post
    If you go that way, don't expose it at 400 if using Diafine - it gets grainy. They say Diafine must only have one gentle inversion each minute if using an ordinary tank, but it doesn't seem to have been at all upset by the 40rpm of the Rondinax, and where only the bottom half of the rotating reel is in the solution.
    Thanks... I've had trouble getting even development with Diafine and intermittent agitation, but if you were able to get clean results with the Rondinax, perhaps I should dust off my Jobo roll film tank and try with that.

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    Stephen Schaub at figitalrevolution.com uses a Jobo for Diafine processing and claims there is minimal difference compared to a manual tank. Article and podcast here.
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    A couple of pinhole photographs...


    Art Shop Mural - Japan Town, San Jose 2020
    SuperSense 6/66 Instant Pinhole Camera
    Polaroid SX-70 B&W
    Bellows position #2, 0.12mm pinhole, 4 seconds




    Mailbox 208 - Japan Town, San Jose 2020
    SuperSense 6/66 Instant Pinhole Camera
    Polaroid SX-70 B&W
    Bellows position #2, 0.12mm pinhole, 4 seconds

    As you can see, these were both made with the Instant Pinhole camera. They mark a particular moment for me: They are the last two exposures of the first pack of film I've put through this camera where ALL eight exposures were actually successfully, usefully exposed.

    enjoy!
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    And I thought ruby weddings were just for old people!



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    500cm, 4/50mm, HP5+, ISO640, Diafine, X1:


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    Canon New F1 w/FD 50mm 1.4 and Portra 400 at 200 iso.
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    I ran a roll of Washi-120 in my Fuji GS645S Wide 60, exposing it at ISO 4 ... I used my Sekonic L358 in incident mode to establish a baseline for exposure.

    The roll I ran in the Hasselblad 500CM the other week and processed in MultiGrade @ 1:9 for three minutes seemed a bit off, too contrasty; I thought the Washi-120 lkneeded more dilution and a longer processing time.

    So I increased the dilution to 1:19 and processed for 8 minutes, with minimal agitation. (I also thought the Ilford Rapid Fixer's recommendation of 1:4 dilution seemed way too strong for this incredibly thin paper/film, and increased dilution to 1:9, fixed for 8 minutes as well.) I thought to myself, 'hmm, this might not even have enough developer energy to get this emulsion going in only 8 minutes...' but I was willing to risk it.

    To my shock and surprise, upon opening the processing tank what should I see but 14 nearly perfect, rich negatives? Dense against the paper backing but very little blocking up, nicely expressed tonal curve, and yet the beautiful rice paper structure is easily apparent on inspection! Here's a quick render of one typical frame ... captured to a raw file with the Hasselblad 907x and a Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8, quickly rendered to positive by inverting the Tone Curve in LR Classic, and cropped to the negative area plus a little rebate .. no other tweaking applied:


    quick_washi_render_no-mods

    Click on it to go to the Flickr.com page, you can click on it twice there and see the full resolution if you really want to see the paper structure embedded in the image.

    Washi-120 emulsion is *extremely* fragile. I probably created the scratches loading it into the developing tank or carefully moving it through my current makeshift scanning jig. Truth is, however, I kinda like the look of the deterioration.

    I'm also evaluating the benefits of using the Hasselblad 907x vs my Leica CL as a capture camera. The Leica CL is very well worked out for my use in this endeavor: I know just how to set it up and get the most out of it. The Hassy is still a work in progress ... but its 16bit depth and double the pixel resolution has some promise for even better capture qualities. So I also scanned the entire roll with both cameras and am comparing the raw files, using the same lens.

    One thing that this is pointing out to me is that, aside from the simple facts of twice the pixels and more tonal range editability for the Hassy, the Leica CL sensor is incredibly good and produces very nearly identical quality negative captures despite being a quarter the size of the 907x/CFVII 50c sensor. The Leica CL's performance for these negatives is very nearly indistinguishable from the Hasselblad, using the same lens and the same ISO setting. Truly remarkable performance from that little APS-C sensor!

    Fun stuff for sure.

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    Wait a minute, Washi isn't just a name, it's actually washi coated with emulsion? Sounds like a hoot, I may have to try.

    Current favorite film scanning camera combo for me is Olympus Pen-F fitted with late Canon FD 50/2.8 macro, the one which focuses down to 1:1 magnification without extension tubes. I very much like the combo because I get a bit more depth of field with M43 format + 50mm lens than I do compared with FF camera fitted with 90mm macro lens. Film hardly seems to challenge the limits of the digital sensor's dynamic range or color space, and when pixel-shift features are taken into account, there's no shortage of pixels (up to 80 mp raw).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4season View Post
    Wait a minute, Washi isn't just a name, it's actually washi coated with emulsion? Sounds like a hoot, I may have to try.

    Current favorite film scanning camera combo for me is Olympus Pen-F fitted with late Canon FD 50/2.8 macro, the one which focuses down to 1:1 magnification without extension tubes. I very much like the combo because I get a bit more depth of field with M43 format + 50mm lens than I do compared with FF camera fitted with 90mm macro lens. Film hardly seems to challenge the limits of the digital sensor's dynamic range or color space, and when pixel-shift features are taken into account, there's no shortage of pixels (up to 80 mp raw).
    Film Washi is the company: https://filmwashi.com
    They have several rice paper based film products.

    I like the Washi-120 W film. It's nice and slow and I love the look it produces.


    Fence, Trash Can, Loading Dock - Santa Clara 2020
    Fujinon GS645S Wide 60 Professional
    Washi-120 film
    ISO 4, f/4, 1/30
    Scanned with Hasselblad 907x + Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8

    Click image to view on Flickr.com; click twice on image to see 1:2 scan resolution.

    Sounds like a useful negative copy-camera rig. I've used FourThirds format cameras for film scanning too, with a variety of good lenses ... they work well. My standard copy camera approach in the past couple of years has been the Leica CL, APS-C format, and it is excellent at it. The Hasselblad 907x nets more pixels in the scan and potentially much greater dynamic range to work with, but what I'm doing with it just yet is all still experimenting and getting comfortable with its dynamics.

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    Re: More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

    More Fuji GS645S Wide 60, more Washi-120.


    Olive Tree - Santa Clara 2020
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    ISO 4, f/4, 1/30
    Scanned with Hasselblad 907x + Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8

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    Enjoy!

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    Having too much fun rendering these Washi-120 negatives. I'll have to load and shoot another roll...


    Tree And Telephone Pole on Suburban Street - Santa Clara 2020
    Fuji GS645S Wide 60 Professional
    Washi-120 film
    ISO 4, f/4, 1/30
    Scanned with Hasselblad 907x + Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8

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    Enjoy!
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    This roll of film really put me on a roll ...!


    Stair and Doors - Santa Clara 2020
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    Washi-120 film
    Scanned with Hasselblad 907x + Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8

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    enjoy!
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    Minolta CLE + M Rokkor 90/4 + Tmax



    Recently put together a Minolta CLE kit with M Rokkors: 28/2.8, 40/2 and 90/4.

    This is a test shot made with the 90/4 to see if it is a keeper from KEH, happily no complaints.

    Just received the 40, and a very clean 28 was bundled with the body. I had a M7 many years ago, but there were a few things I did not warm up to. I prefer rangefinder cameras over SLRs, and wanted another 135 film rangefinder. After a bit of research I learned about the CLE and it checked a lot of boxes for what I was looking for. It is very lightweight with a bright viewfinder. I find it not difficult to focus with the lenses I have. TTL metering is spot on. Just waiting to develop the test shots from the 40 to see if the kit is complete.

    A lot of the photos I post are a direct link from my blog which has a haiku attached with the photo, thus the reason for mats and titles.

    I will enjoy looking through your photos in this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darr View Post

    https://darrlene.com/wp-content/uplo...2020-05-22.jpg
    Minolta CLE + M Rokkor 90/4 + Tmax
    Recently put together a Minolta CLE kit with M Rokkors: 28/2.8, 40/2 and 90/4.

    This is a test shot made with the 90/4 to see if it is a keeper from KEH, happily no complaints.

    Just received the 40, and a very clean 28 was bundled with the body. I had a M7 many years ago, but there were a few things I did not warm up to. I prefer rangefinder cameras over SLRs, and wanted another 135 film rangefinder. After a bit of research I learned about the CLE and it checked a lot of boxes for what I was looking for. It is very lightweight with a bright viewfinder. I find it not difficult to focus with the lenses I have. TTL metering is spot on. Just waiting to develop the test shots from the 40 to see if the kit is complete.

    A lot of the photos I post are a direct link from my blog which has a haiku attached with the photo, thus the reason for mats and titles.

    I will enjoy looking through your photos in this thread!

    Kind regards,
    Darr

    PS: Yes the photo is cropped square and toned with blue.
    That's a nice kit, Darr. I have one of those 90mm lenses too, it's an old favorite of mine. Early examples of the 90mm were produced in Wetzlar and are identical to the Elmar-C 90mm other than the bezel and filter size. I used to have the Leica CL (actually had three of them over the years) and I've had both the Leica and Minolta versions of the 40mm. Both are very good lenses.

    The CL was my favorite M-mount film camera for years. When I sold off a bunch of gear a couple of years back, it was a tussle to decide between my last CL and the M4-2, but I decided the latter was more serviceable and had the better viewfinder/rangefinder; kept it instead. But it was a close call.

    I always like the CLE as well, just worried about its electronics. I suppose if you found a good one, it'll last a long time at this point.

    Fun stuff, it drives me down memory lane... Enjoy the kit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    That's a nice kit, Darr. I have one of those 90mm lenses too, it's an old favorite of mine. Early examples of the 90mm were produced in Wetzlar and are identical to the Elmar-C 90mm other than the bezel and filter size. I used to have the Leica CL (actually had three of them over the years) and I've had both the Leica and Minolta versions of the 40mm. Both are very good lenses.

    The CL was my favorite M-mount film camera for years. When I sold off a bunch of gear a couple of years back, it was a tussle to decide between my last CL and the M4-2, but I decided the latter was more serviceable and had the better viewfinder/rangefinder; kept it instead. But it was a close call.

    I always like the CLE as well, just worried about its electronics. I suppose if you found a good one, it'll last a long time at this point.

    Fun stuff, it drives me down memory lane... Enjoy the kit!

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    Thanks Godfrey for sharing your knowledge.

    Electrical components and age, outdated technologies and parts unavailable. Oh the ebb and flow of shooting old cameras. I dread the thought of loosing some of my favorite shooting gear to this, especially my Mamiya 6. But, give me a pinhole camera and some film, Ill survive!

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    Two from inside the redoubt of Schilde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darr View Post
    Thanks Godfrey for sharing your knowledge.

    Electrical components and age, outdated technologies and parts unavailable. Oh the ebb and flow of shooting old cameras. I dread the thought of loosing some of my favorite shooting gear to this, especially my Mamiya 6. But, give me a pinhole camera and some film, Ill survive!

    Best to you,
    Darr
    My old memory seems to recall that while the 28mm was a really nice lens, it was susceptible to spotting or fungus. I don't remember exactly. You might want to research and if need be, exercise extra caution in storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelM View Post
    My old memory seems to recall that while the 28mm was a really nice lens, it was susceptible to spotting or fungus. I don't remember exactly. You might want to research and if need be, exercise extra caution in storage.

    Joel
    Hi Joel,
    You are correct; the 28mm is a nice lens and some were reported not to have been coated properly from the factory. My research revealed Minolta took any 28 lens back and recoated them upon request within a certain time frame. I have a very clean 28/2.8. I did not buy this camera for the 28, but wanted the 40 and 90 lenses more. As things happened, the cleanest camera body I could find did not come with a 40, but with the 28. So I have a very nice 28 that may not get used as much.

    Thank you for sharing your info.

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    I love all this analog photography! I currently shoot with a Hasselblad 500cm, Leica M2r and a new Canon F1. Each one being fully mechanical and the Canon F1 having aperture priority too. The build quality of these are simply outstanding. For 35mm, the Canon F1 is the most versatile with the most lenses ever! Aperture priority on the F1 is something I've never used with film, but find it's incredibly handy when composing. Has anyone used the ARS-IMAGO LAB BOX for processing and if so, what's your review? I'm intrigued by the complete daylight film process from soup to nuts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdphoto View Post
    I love all this analog photography! I currently shoot with a Hasselblad 500cm, Leica M2r and a new Canon F1. Each one being fully mechanical and the Canon F1 having aperture priority too. The build quality of these are simply outstanding. For 35mm, the Canon F1 is the most versatile with the most lenses ever! Aperture priority on the F1 is something I've never used with film, but find it's incredibly handy when composing. Has anyone used the ARS-IMAGO LAB BOX for processing and if so, what's your review? I'm intrigued by the complete daylight film process from soup to nuts!
    I use the Lab Box as well as its inspiration, the Agfa Rondinax U35 (for 35mm) and Rondinax 60 (for 120) tanks, for nearly all my film processing now. The Lab Box is a modernized, dual format version of those. It works very well and allows use with both continuous agitation and with minimal agitation by adjusting how much developer/fixer solution you fill it with.

    The only issue I've had with the Lab Box is that I haven't learned how to minimize the length of 120 film I expose at the leading edge: I usually end up losing 1/3 to 1/2 of the first frame. I think this is just my learning process ... the Rondinax 60 makes it a little easier to expose less of the film. I've only put three or four 120 rolls through the Lab Box so far, where I've probably done a hundred rolls with the Rondinax 60.

    I also use the Agfa Rondix 35 for 35mm. This is a simpler tank yet: it has no reel at all, just a spool that clips to the free end of the film, and requires continuous agitation. It flips the film forwards and backwards over itself in processing, which implies the possibility of some scratches if you're rough with the crank, but it's a tiny tank and very very simple to use, clean, and re-use quickly; also uses minimum chemistry.

    (The only things I don't process in these tanks are Minox subminiature film (for which I use the Minox daylight loading tank) and Washi-120 film, which is actually a photosensitive emulsion on very thin Japanese washi rice paper. The rice paper has no structural rigidity when wet so a reel-type tank can't be used; open tray development or a Kodacraft 620/120 type "apron" type tank (or equivalent) must be used.)

    Lab Box is a well-done product and works well. It's nice to have a NEW daylight loading solution for both 35 and 120 film, given that the newest of my Agfa tanks is more than 45 years old now!

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    Re: More and more film fun with something other than a Leica M

    My restock order of Polaroid 600 and SX-70 film arrived yesterday. I've been most pleased with the B&W emulsion in either speed in the last batch I purchased, so most of what I bought were B&W packs, but I did buy two packs of the latest 600 Color so I could evaluate whether it had been improved yet again and what the current status was.

    So just before my day's cycle ride, I loaded up the SLR670a with a pack of fresh and dandy Polaroid 600 Color film. My head was not in a very photographic way as I rode, but when I got to my usual spot to sit and eat my lunch in Japan town, I looked at the stop sign and memorial behind it, pulled out the camera, and made a snap of it. Reds have been particularly weak on the 600 film...

    After talking on the phone for ten minutes, I pulled the print back out of my bag and ... WOW! That's the best color I've seen out of the re-born Polaroid integral film yet! I snapped a photo of it with the iPhone on the spot, with the original subject in the background:


    There's still a little tinge of magenta in it, but the reds are so much better, the contrast and color has a liveliness that has been missing in previous generations.

    I'm pretty excited by this. Time to order a few more packs of color film!

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