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    Film Photography.

    Does anybody on here still shoot and develop their own film?

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    I do, not in a big way, probably a roll a month. Been doing black and white developing for years , but ventured into colour in the last few years, using the colortec kits. Very easy to use .

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    Iíve recently gone back to it having been digital for 15+ years. I found a reasonable Nikon FE on EBay for not a lot and have enjoyed playing with it.

    The main reason was that I felt my photography was getting lazy - too easy to shoot loads of images in the hope thereís a diamond amongst the rubbish. It does force you think about each image in terms of composition, exposure etc.

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    I shoot mainly black and white and I use various developers, depending on what sort of look Iím aiming for. If I want grainy or ďgritty@ looking photos, I use Tri-X and develop it in Rodinal. For smooth, almost grain free photos, I develop T-Max in T-Max developer.

    I have Pentax m42, Canon FD, Nikon manual focus and Olympus OM bodies and lenses.

    Film cameras certainly slow you down, as every frame costs you money!


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    I shoot film but I do not develop my own.

    I bought a film camera, then another and it kind of went from there. Got both sonís into shooting film.

    I think it is the process I enjoy, I do shoot digital but I think it has helped with that too.

    Film cameraís are amazing things, I have bought a fair few in the last few years. Itís getting harder to find decent ones and decent prices, but it is fun looking.

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    I agree, it is fun hunting for bargains. Iím also very fond of the developing process, especially when I open my developing tank and unwind the developed film.

    I usually either scan my negatives, or take digital images of them using my Fuji X-Pro1 with a macro lens fitted to it.

    There are phone apps which work quite well too, but only really for larger negatives. Hereís an image taken directly from a 6X6cm negative and ďscannedĒ with my iPhone X. Itís my Dad, aged about 20, sitting reading in my Mumís Isetta. Circa 1960.




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    Quote Originally Posted by derek_faker View Post
    I agree, it is fun hunting for bargains. Iím also very fond of the developing process, especially when I open my developing tank and unwind the developed film.

    I usually either scan my negatives, or take digital images of them using my Fuji X-Pro1 with a macro lens fitted to it.

    There are phone apps which work quite well too, but only really for larger negatives. Hereís an image taken directly from a 6X6cm negative and ďscannedĒ with my iPhone X. Itís my Dad, aged about 20, sitting reading in my Mumís Isetta. Circa 1960.




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    Love that!

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    I have quite a few film cameras - mainly Nikon and Olympus but don't use them much. Also bought a small Rollei a while back and have a film in there that I haven't finished.

    Have thought about developing my own film and then scanning etc. but haven't done much about it (ok, nothing).

    Would be interested to re-learn about developing if anyone has any tips to share.

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    Yep. Never stopped, despite the digital proliferation.

    These days I'm shooting mostly color print films, and getting them processed locally for cheap, both in 135 and 120. The price of gear is slowly rising back to what it was in the early 2000s, at least for some higher-end camera systems.

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    The price of high end gear is really rising in the last few years.

    Certainly since I have been looking and buying. Film is having a massive resurgence looking at you tube and Instagram.

    I have been trying to track down a decent black Leica M6 for a bit, but I keep having to increase my budget.
    However I did pick up a fantastic condition Nikon F3 HP a few weeks ago.

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    Is it just the satisfaction of the photography and the developing process, or is the end product superior to digital in some way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Is it just the satisfaction of the photography and the developing process, or is the end product superior to digital in some way?
    Not necessarily superior but it does have a character of its own.

    I think thereís a parallel with the resurgence of vinyl- thereís a quality which is hard to define but which many people find attractive

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    ^Thanks.

    I remember from old What Hifi magazines that vinyl was often praised for its warmth. I went straight to CDs in the mid-to-late 80s and to an extent I regret that. Perhaps I'm making the same mistake with film.

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    [QUOTE=pastrana72;5275706]The price of high end gear is really rising in the last few years.

    Certainly since I have been looking and buying. Film is having a massive resurgence looking at you tube and Instagram.

    I popped into Cameraworld in Chelmsford while whiling away time, blimey, the price of the film cameras they had for sale was amazing, Nikon FM (older one not the 2n) was in excess of £150, F3 HP £400+ even the cheap (then) little EM was over £100, I'm amazed, especially as older digital SLR's are becoming so cheap. Wonder what my little Rollei 35LED is worth now? Cheers, John B4

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    Don't shoot anymore, but I remember back in the day, the thrill was dropping in the film, waiting a couple of days, then "collecting" the envelope of photos from the processor.
    Then expectation of a masterpiece in those 36 prints dashed in seconds.

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    Don't shoot anymore, but I remember back in the day, the thrill was dropping in the film, waiting a couple of days, then "collecting" the envelope of photos from the processor.
    Then expectation of a masterpiece in those 36 prints dashed in seconds.
    Yes, the magic is still there.

    I dropped in a blank roll of 400 portray the other week, oh boy did we laugh when we picked it up.

    I tend to shoot film along side digital. So at least I get something back.

    Starting shootings film again, makes me think more, than just firing away in digital. It has increased my enjoyment and I use the same principle when shooting digital.

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    I pulled my old Yashica FX-2 from the back of the cupboard last year, but the mirror stuck so I sent it off for a full service.
    Whilst waiting for it to be returned, I went on a charity shop binge.
    I now have 2 Praktica MTL 5, and an LTL, with a load of Zeiss, Vivitar and Cosina glass, an Olympus Is1000, Canon EOS 500, Ilford Sportsman 1, Pentax MZ 50 with assorted lens. I've yet to put a film through the Olympus but the rest have produced some good shots.

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    Still using film cameras here - my trusty Nikon FE bought over 30 years ago, a couple of FEDs bought from Russia on Ebay for the rangefinder experience and when I go on holiday I usually take an unobtrusive pocketable camera - either a Minox or Olympus XA.

    I'm lucky because there is a wonderful pro-am developing and printing lab in Paris (Negatif +) with a 24 hour service. There's always a sizeable queue when I go, often with quite a few young'uns, so I'm not alone to favour the old ways.

    I find using a film camera is easier to get the result I want. Changing the depth of field or shutter speed is second nature and takes a nano-second with the aperture ring or shutter speed dial (especially on the Nikon), but when I use a digital - I have a Lumix - fiddling about with menus, selecting options, pressing buttons, etc., is such a faff, and the outcome is often not at all what I wanted.

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    Just about to get Pentax MX and Me out again and see where they take me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Just about to get Pentax MX and Me out again and see where they take me.
    Pentax - I remember it well - still got quite a few film cameras, including my "beater" which I almost wore out, plus a LNIB which only had one film run through it




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    I have gone on a splurge on Nikonís this year. A FM,FM2n, FA & two FEs. One is for my wife for her birthday next month.

    Love them and all bar one bought from Japanese sellers on EBay. Better prices and not to bad on the dreaded import fees

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    Pentax - I remember it well - still got quite a few film cameras, including my "beater" which I almost wore out, plus a LNIB which only had one film run through it



    Funnily enough the ME is still boxed as well.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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