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Results From Today’s Dev

Formula-

  • 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.

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The 500CM Goes To Shinjuku

The 500CM was introduced in 1957 and remained in production until 1970, my one is from the mid “60s and is very worn. I shot exclusively on Ilford Hp5 developed in Kodak D76 or ID11 (pretty much the same developers). For a camera this old it didn’t miss a beat, no light meter so I guestimated the exposures and mostly was pretty close. The Reciprocal Rule works like this-

The ISO equals the shutter speed at f16 on a bright sunny day. So for the 500cm with 400 ISO film it works out as: f16 at 1/500 sec.

Scanned on the Nikon LS9000 scanner using SilverFast, slow but the quality is amazing.

I worked around that, opening up in the shadows by a couple of stops as needed, usually works fine and is a hell of a lot quicker than stuffing around with light meters.

Still have to do an edit

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The Manly Films

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.

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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.

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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.

Goodbye Mr Holga And Thankyou Mr Lee

In 1981 Mr T M Lee gave us the Holga, originally designed to give his fellow Chinese a cheap way of taking family portraits. By the mid 90’s it had found a new home with the new wave of hipster photographers looking for “lo-fi” cameras.

We like to take it to the beach! Holgas Plastic Beach is a collection of our favourite Holga beach shots, bring a taste of summer to any wall with bold colours and the characteristic flare of the Holga. The good thing is, we still have a few to shoot on so its not over yet.

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Zeiss 85mm f1.4 & F90x

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.

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