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S.S.Badger and S.S. Spartan | by John Mickevich
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S.S.Badger and S.S. Spartan

S.S. Badger and S.S. Spartan. Catching up on developing and scanning. Shot a roll of very expired film. This is one of the more interesting images from that roll. Taken with a No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr camera, manufactured 1914 thru 1925. It takes 116 film, and I came across some very expired Ansco Plenachrome "safety film", expired May 1956. I was not sure if I would get any images at all. Film is definitely very fogged, but I got images! Metered the film at ISO 1. Lens is a Bausch & Lomb Rapid Rectilinear, max aperture f/8. Aperture settings on this lens are very interesting. The aperture numbers go from 4 thru 128. But they are not f-stops, they are relative numbers, so 4 is twice the aperture of 8, 8 is twice the aperture of 16, etc. It works out that number 16 is equal to f/16. So, 4= f/8, 8=f/11, etc. By what I can see, Kodak used to refer to these numbers as the "U.S. system", in contrast to the "normal" aperture settings we are familiar with today, which they called the "F. system". At least, they did back in 1914 :-) Negatives developed in Rodinal 1+100 semi-stand development for 1 hour.


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Taken on March 15, 2019