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Better on black - please press "L".


I first got a 35mm SLR about thirty odd years ago and used to use slide films and develop and print my own black and white films.


I then drifted away from photography before getting my first DSLR about 18 months ago.


I've been curious as to how film compares with modern digital cameras for quite a while now. Things have changed - we didn't have 10 stop neutral density filters etc in those days for one thing. Or computers and Photoshop for the most part.


So I bought a second hand Bronica medium format camera and decided to have a go with film again. I also dusted off my old Pentax ME Super and K1000 to see how 35mm films stood up too.


This was taken with the Pentax ME Super (a tiny 35mm SLR) handheld. The film was Ilford FP4 Plus (when I last bought this it was just FP4 - dunno what they changed when they added the "Plus") pulled one stop to hopefully control the grain and contrast. The negative was scanned using an Epson Perfection V750 that I found in the office at work (result!).


The result is nowhere near as clean as my last post of a similar subject, but there are many factors contributing to this. I like it anyway for all its faults. For 35mm format this was probably the wrong film to use here. It looks much smoother in medium format however.


I have still to experiment with other slower films - Pan F Plus and also "modern emulsion" films like TMax or Ilford's Delta 100 - which I always treated with the greatest of suspicion years ago! - but I'm looking for smooth grain now.

This was taken while I wandered about the beach waiting for the Bronica to complete a 22 minute exposure based on my questionable calculations regarding 10 stop filters and reciprocity law failure... The Nikon D7000 would only have needed about 2 minutes, but what would 22 minutes on film produce?


Pentax ME Super.

Ilford FP4 Plus at ISO 50.

1/1000 second (I think) f11 (I think).

Developed in Ilford DDX 8 minutes.

Epson V750 Scanner at 4800 dpi.

Photoshop CS6 split toned.

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Taken on October 29, 2012