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Results From Today’s Dev


  • 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 Ricoh GR- Pocket Power

The Ricoh GR family, I still shoot the GR1v film version which is a tribute to the designers at Ricoh- a classic camera.

I have had a film GR1v for some time and it was one of the most impressive compact ever made, the lens was amazingly sharp so when I had the opportunity to try the Ricoh GR digital I was pretty keen.

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The colors are rich and punchy with plenty of tonal range as the files are DNG- perfect for Lightroom and Photoshop.
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Handles detail well although it would be nice if the sensor was the new Sony Exmor 24mp rather than the old 16mp one from the NEX-5. Time for an update.
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Black and white is pretty amazing and the AF although not lightning fast is OK.
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The lens is sharp and will close focus but why would you not have a viewfinder? This camera screams for one.
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The close focus is excellent.

Subtle details are rendered nicely by the APS-C sensor and the f2.8 lens.

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Love the black & white.


K-1 On The Street

Shooting with the K-1 for a couple of weeks now and its proving to be a good workhorse camera. I really wanted to test the resolving power and sharpness of the sensor. I find that the Pentax seems to shoot slightly over exposed to what I am used to but that may be the nature of the beast.

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Shot with the Sigma 35mm Art, the fine detail is amazing
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The metering tends to slightly overexpose but that is more an aesthetic issue and a difference between the underexposed Canon, spot on Sony and the brighter Pentax
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Some of the most natural greens I have encountered, overall the Pentax has excellent color
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Handles reds well also
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Fluro colors are rendered naturally and accurately
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Fine detail is captured but very dependent on lens quality
Great blues
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Metering can get confused when a lot of white is involved
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All in all a great street camera

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.

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Pentax K-1

I have no desire to use the K-1 or any DSLR for that matter, I have moved on to mirrorless or medium format. The 5D kit sits unused, the L series lenses now mainly used on the video camera or the A7. Working for the local Pentax distributor means I have access to a K-1 and have been shooting the beastie for about four weeks.

My first impressions were that it was a capable and well put together camera with an over complicated menu system and more features than just about any other camera. To be fair on the menu system, it is better than the Sony but that is not hard and the features are many but for me most of them are left unused.

The proof that this camera has potential came firstly with some landscape shots I did on Lake George. I was shoot the H6D as well as the K-1 and on seeing the results in Lightroom was pleasantly surprised- nowhere near the latitude and  tonal range of the H6 but the detail and resolving power of the 36mp sensor and the Sigma 35mm Art was good, possibly exceptional for a DSLR.

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Cape Conran on the K-1 and the Sigma 35mm Art lens, excellent detail and tonal range for 35mm DSLR.

So I continued with the K-1 Sigma combo and found a great landscape camera but also a pretty neat street shooter as well but the real party trick for the K-1 is the ability to use ALL the old K mount lenses. I dug out my K1000 and whacked the 50mm 1.7 on it- works perfectly.

K-1 with the Pentax 50mm f1.7 SMC, a lens from the 70’s working just as well in 2016. This was shot at f1.7 on a lens worth about $50 on Ebay.
The 50mm f1.7 SMC at f8, sharp and the color rendered really nicely. Using older lenses you will need to add a little contrast and sharpening plus a good idea to add a bit of clarity as well. On the K-1 this can be done in camera or in post.

So now I am on the hunt for K mount glass and there seems to be a bit out there at really reasonable pricing.

135mm f2.8- great portrait lens and you can pick them up for about $200.
28mm f3.5, landscape and street lens usually about $100.
The excellent 35mm f2, usually around $350 for a good one but worth it- one of the sharpest 35mm lenses out there.

If you are looking for exotic glass Cosina made K mount glass as Cosina, Voightlander and Zeiss that was excellent. Sigma and Tamron still make some K mount with the 35mm Art from Sigma a standout. I have tested some older zooms and they are best avoided, Pentax zooms were never that good so keep to fixed lenses.

The K-1 was a surprise and is turning out to be a lot of fun but also delivers excellent results and has so many features  that I keep discovering a new way to use it  every time I pick it up.