- 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.
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.
When your stuck and the light fails you need to push your film to the limit. This shot is HP5 rated at 3200 ISO and pushed using temperature rather than time. Best to use a combination of both, temperature only tends to punch out the grain but the effect can be nice. Film is pretty robust and can be abused to a point, black and white is good for this because it can be done at home, labs if they have the capability tend to charge a heap for it.
This shot was done on a Leica M7 and has held its sharpness well, important to capture the best quality picture as pushing film effects the detail you get in highlights and shadows.
Now I have my scanning mojo back, starting to revisit some past work- Tokyo Train. I remember looking for vignettes in the crowd, well that’s what I thought at the time anyway. Got literally thousands of frames to scan.