- Ilford HP5 rated at 400ISO
- Developer- Kodak D76 Stock at 20 degrees
- Agitation- Continuous for the first minute then 10 seconds every subsequent minute
- Time- Eight minutes
- Fix- Ten minutes
- Wash- Twenty minutes
- Scanner- Nikon LS9000 using Silverfast 8, 16 bit and multi-pass for a 150 megabyte file
- Post- Lightroom clarity and sharpening
I exposed most of this by estimation and I was pretty much spot on, good to see that after twenty or so years of shooting I can still nail an exposure without resorting to a meter.
The older Hasselblad lenses are not as contrasty as the CF ones so you get beautiful creamy tonality with excellent edge sharpness- not bad for a lens almost as old as I am.
Scanning some shots from the Hasselblad 503cx from last year, thats the great thing about film- you get nice surprises.
After a week in Manly, lots of film to develop. Starting with Hp5. Using LC29 which is not my “go to” developer, I have always preferred ID11 but you use what you have. Understanding that LC29 is a bit flat I have used the following dev combination-
21 degrees for 9 minutes
This gives a nice punch to the film without over developing, we are talking Holga here so exposures are random.
As you can see the negs are pretty punchy but the rebate numbers are nice, contrasty but with no edge bleed- just the way I like it. First roll done and the first strip of three onto the Ls9000 scanner for a look see.
There it is, Holgaesque, a few more rolls to go but will post them as they come out. The 35mm should be interesting, shot on my new EOS 3.
So I headed out to King st to give the combination a whirl. The F90x was my go-to camera back in the paparazzi days and even though the EOS system was killing it in the pro world, the bullet proof F90x and the Speedlight system never let me down.
The camera works flawlessly with the Zeiss 85mm, the lens itself has a lot of focus travel so you can see why it would double as a cine lens. Zeiss typically relies on optics for sharpness not contrast so you usually get both tonal range and sharpness. Cheaper lenses will typically deliver sharpens via contrast, Sigma Art series is the exception to this.
Film was HP5 processed in LC29. Prefer ID11 myself out beggars can’t be choosers, use what you have.
Its great to be able to put the latest lenses on some relatively old film cameras and have them work perfectly.
The 85mm is a great portrait lens, probably wouldn’t carry it around the street but definitely need one in the bag for the Portrait Project.
This lens has been updated in the new Milvus range, which they are saying will deliver a higher degree of sharpness- bring it on.
This thing is amazing, the design and build of it is just awe inspiring. Remember to watch the local fat policemen try to chase the rather fit and agile umbrella sellers- two fat guys squeezed into a Fiat 500.
I shot a lot of Xpan in Rome, fantastic place but hot in summer. The contrast between the white ruins and the cobbeled streets is pretty harsh.