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i'm not old fashioned...

i have an empty room!

it is dark inside!

the best i can do: building a dark room!!

I've bought an enlarger (Meopta 6x6) and a lot of films (bw) and now i will spend a bit of my time in my "new old" darkroom. I've learned photography 40 years ago with a small voigtlander vito and a very simple darkroom (in my mother's kitchen - i think she was not so happy ).

And now...

...it will be great fun to return to the future with new films and old cameras. I have a OM 1, a OM 2, a Mamiya M645E and different lenses.

Who else here is working with film? What gear are you using?

I'm just a bit curious.

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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

I've just decided to give my OM-1 a reprise. I've bought a developer tank and a film scanner (digital darkroom for me!). Trying to sort out chemicals at the moment - seems there are regulations about shipping them in the UK that mean I have to be present at home to sign for them and that's problematic with work. I'm trying to find somewhere where I can collect them in person.
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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

Hi Paul, my EM-5 is in for repair, so yesterday took both my XA2 and my Nikon 35ti out for a spin. Loved the experience, what scanner did you buy as I'm just about to make a purchase.

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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

Hi Dave - I bought a Plustek OpticFilm 7200. It seems to work pretty well. I've only scanned some very old negs and slides so far and whilst the results are good, the presence of scratches is problematic. I'm hoping that newly-developed film won't have the problem. I'd suggest though that you try to get one that has hardware (infra-red) scratch removal - I learned after-the-fact that such a feature exists. Plustek scanners with an "i" after the model number have this feature.
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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

I have a Minolta 5400 which I haven't used fora while but I found that the scratch removal was never satisfactory. I also seem to remember similar comments from others. It did not seem that good on mono and screwed up totally on Kodachrome.
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Hi Dave - I bought a Plustek OpticFilm 7200. It seems to work pretty well. I've only scanned some very old negs and slides so far and whilst the results are good, the presence of scratches is problematic. I'm hoping that newly-developed film won't have the problem. I'd suggest though that you try to get one that has hardware (infra-red) scratch removal - I learned after-the-fact that such a feature exists. Plustek scanners with an "i" after the model number have this feature.
Thanks Paul, I will have a look at the Plusteks.

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Trying to sort out chemicals at the moment - seems there are regulations about shipping them in the UK that mean I have to be present at home to sign for them and that's problematic with work. I'm trying to find somewhere where I can collect them in person.
As you're in Leamington Spa, Nova Darkroom are close by in Stratford upon Avon and have a sales counter so you may be able to pay them a visit. Give them a call as they're a very helpful business - I've dealt with them since their early days on a rural pig farm!

I'm also contemplating dusting off my OMs ...
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I have a Minolta 5400 which I haven't used fora while but I found that the scratch removal was never satisfactory. I also seem to remember similar comments from others. It did not seem that good on mono and screwed up totally on Kodachrome.
I think the scratch removal technology is called "Digital ICE". The idea is that it does a second scan using infra-red light - the film emulsion is supposedly transparent to IR but the dust and scratches aren't, so the IR scan will just contain the defects which can be subtracted from the original image. For colour neg films this works pretty well, for small blemishes anyway, as the organic dyes really are transparent to infra-red. For conventional B&W and Kodachrome it doesn't work because the image-forming layer - silver for B&W, goodness only knows what it is in Kodachrome - reflects the IR so the IR scan sees the image as well as the blemishes.

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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

I have just loaded my Voigtlander Vito B with a roll

Vito B 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Vito B 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

I have a few other cameras which have all been used I dont do any processing anymore.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/324570...h/11187037535/

I do have a brand new (bought new for me) SLR film camera which I have used a little

Konstruktor 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

"I'm not old fashioned" ..... indeed you are not

As much as I have finally genuinely 'bonded' with a digital camera ( my em5 mkII ) my film cameras are my 'true love'

I will soon have a 'chemical darkroom' back up and running and am very much looking forward to it to.

My favourite films ...... Kodak Tri-X and T-Max 100 for B&W, Kodak Portra and Ektar for colour.

I have very recently 'scaled back' my film camera collection and below is what remains.....

Olympus OM1n with 50mm F1.8 MIJ


Leica M3 with 50mm F1.4 Asph


Leica M4 with the new 'limited' 35mm F2 Asph and 50mm F1.4 Asph
( I like all my film kit but this is the trinity I "LOVE" )


Finally, a wonderful portrait combo....
Hasselblad 202FA and 150mm F2.8 Zeiss Sonnar, have actually been thinking of selling this one as I use it only on rare occasions now, however I am struggling to come to terms with advertising it


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whoa - that 'blad is a beaut!
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As you're in Leamington Spa, Nova Darkroom are close by in Stratford upon Avon and have a sales counter so you may be able to pay them a visit. Give them a call as they're a very helpful business - I've dealt with them since their early days on a rural pig farm!

I'm also contemplating dusting off my OMs ...
Thanks for the tip Richard. I'll give them a call.
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whoa - that 'blad is a beaut!
Indeed it is, may I tempt you Paul
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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

Did someone mention film...

Jealous of the darkroom. I hope to have a darkroom set up at home soon, until then I use a community darkroom in Cardiff.

I have way too many film cameras. This is just some of mine that have film in them at the moment:


A pair of Hassies - one loaded with Acros 100 and the other with Velvia 50


A pair of folders - An Agfa Record III loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and an Agfa Isolette I loaded with Ilford XP2


A pair of OMs - OM4ti loaded with Agfa CT Precisa and OM-1N loaded with Ilford XP2


Voigtlander Bessa R3A loaded with Fuji Natura 1600


Rolleicord Va loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400


And finally a camera that I'm using more and more these days, a Crown Graphic 5x4. Kind of getting addicted to those 5"x4" negatives and transparencies! At the moment my film holders are loaded with Provia 100 and Fomapan 100. I also have one holder loaded with Imago Direct Positive Paper.

I'm afraid digital holds no interest for me whatsoever these days, I'm firmly hooked on film. I did use my E-M5 to take these shots, though.

Later today I'll be firing up the Jobo and developing a 120 roll of Velvia from the Hasselblads and 6 sheets of Provia from the Crown Graphic. It is a potch to develop film, of course, but it's a process I enjoy and the excitement level of seeing transparencies come out of a developing tank is stratospheric compared to loading images on to a PC from an SD card. So to me it's all worthwhile.
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Re: i'm not old fashioned...

Fun with Jobo...


5x4 film holders and Jobo tank


Jobo in full swing


120 film from the Hasselblad hanging to dry


Strange fruit - 5x4 film sheets hanging up to dry


Close up of one of the film sheets hanging to dry

Look forward to putting them on a light box tomorrow!
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