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8 Years, 32 Film Cameras, 500+ rolls of films – Beginning of My Film Photography Journey

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8 Years, 32 Film Cameras, 500+ rolls of films – Beginning of My Film Photography Journey
8 years ago in June 2010, I came across this Japanese drama called “Sunao ni Narenakute” talking about how social network brings people together. In the first scene of the first episode, the main character was staring at a camera displayed in a shop, and it looked absolutely beautiful.

My head kept replaying that same scene over and over again, and at the end, I decided to google it. I typed in “Leica M7” and there I was, my very first introduction to this German brand. Not just that, for someone who shoots with digital cameras for most of his life, it was a very sad surprise at the time to find out that it is an analog camera.

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My First Film Camera
When someone is hooked to a camera brand, you know what’s next – I spent days and nights searching for the different Leica models.

To give you some background, I bought my first Canon 40D DSLR in 2009, then became super obsessedwith Bokeh, wanted to try out all the lenses and upgraded every single lense to premium Canon L prime and zoom lense. In less than a year, I decided to sell my entire Canon DSLR and Prime lenses family and give film camera a try with my first ever Leica, M6 with the famous 35mm f2 Summicron aka King of Bokeh. The shutter impressed me most, so quiet, stable and clean. But I felt that something was still missing, I kept asking myself “what, is this it, surely Leica has much more to offer other than its solid and simple design!?”

Sometimes, Simple Is Perfect
After a while, I fell in love with Lecia like everyone else for the very reason, its simplicity. It has distinct shutter dial, ISO dial, Aperture ring and film insertion process. The simplicity cleared my mind from the complex setting of DSLR. Of course, DSLR has its own benefits and its settings help professional photographers to achieve better results. At the time, my head was just fixed on taking nice pictures and wanted to leverage the best tools for best results. But after using Leica, it gave me a moment to step back and realize that mindset is equally important, if not more, than the gears you use. It’s all in your head.

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Begin the Journey with the First Roll Of Film
YouTube and Google taught me how to load a film. I can still remember my first roll of film – Black and White Ilford XP2. It marked the beginning of my film photography journey. I was dying to get the film developed after hitting the shutter 36 times. Phew. The relief I felt when I received the scanned copies from a local lab, I got all 36 shots exposed. They were definitely not appealing from a professional photography perspective but to me, they meant the world, a vivid memory that would stay with me for life. Even today, I am still in awe when I flip through my archive sheets for this collection, trying to recall the mood and thoughts when these shots were taken.

8-years-film-photograph-journey-how-begin-film-Rollei-black-and-white-film-camera-bw-sydney-australiaFirst black and white film shots with Leica M6 and Summicron 35, Sydney 2010
8-years-film-photograph-journey-how-begin-film-Rollei-black-and-white-film-camera-sydney-australiaBlack and white film shots in Bondi, Sydney
Canonet-film-photography-color-negative-sunset-sydney-australia-begin-photographyVery first film images taken with a Canonet, Balmain Sydney
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Film Developing and Film Scanning by Myself
One day, my friend Franky said, “Hey Anson, let’s go shoot the Mardi Gras at Oxford Street”. Okay. I packed my film Leica with two 50mm lenses, hopped on the car, and off we go. After a quick ferry ride, we arrived at the Sydney City Centre.

In my bag there was Ilford HP5, Pan 400, Arista Premium 400 and Legacy Pro 400. These names shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you but unfortunately some have already discontinued. We shot from 2 to 9pm, then went home. Pouring, mixing and stirring, we got all the chemicals ready in the containers. Started with my favourite film developing app, Film Dev Chart, we began the process: develop, stop bath, fix, hypo clear. Twenty minutes later, I took the films out of the develop tank, hung it up and examined the picture one by one. I took a deep breath. I could have screwed this up in as many ways possible but yet I was so fearless.

leica-ilford-pan-400-Noctilux-50mm-f1-begin-film-start-photography-sydney-australia-bw-black-and-whiteSelf scanned and developed Ilford FP4 at ISO800, shot in Mardi Gras, Sydney 2011
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leica-ilford-pan-400-summicron-collapsible-begin-film-start-photography-sydney-australia-bw-black-and-white-portraits-dress-up-propsSelf-developed Ilford Pan 400, Sydney 2011

In all honesty, scanning films is not my favourite hobby, but I enjoy previewing the images from the negatives. The long hours needed for dust removal and color toning completely outweigh my interest in film. However, having improved my workflow consistently, I am now used to scanning black and white images only.

8 years on, I have tried Nikon Coolscan V, Epson V700 and V850, and the last one is what I still use now.

ilford-ddx-rodinal-developers-film-stop-bath-fixer-tried-photography-self-development-journey-black-and-whiteMy favourite developer Ilford DDX and famous Rodinal
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JCH Street Pan 400

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An alternative for Black and White Film Shooters?

I am always so excited whenever there is new film launched in the market, so I picked few rolls of JCH Street Pan 400 out of curiosity. I pre-assumed that this film is just a normal black and white film with high contrast and little details. But after the film was developed by lab. I was happy with the result and decided to try few rolls more. I spoke to the lab about it and they said the film base is similar to Rollei/AGFA, very thin and top and bottom unexposed areas are transparent after developed.

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Name:
 JCH Street Pan 400

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with fine grain structure

 


The Reborn of a Surveillance film

JCH Street Pan 400 is not having a newly invented emulsion, it is an old discontinued surveillance film that was made by AGFA. In 2016, Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter decided to bring this film back to life. JCH website mentioned that It has high sensitivity to red lights, and it is optimal for different weather conditions and under low light environments.

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Contrast and Greyscale 

The contrast of JCH Street Pan is fairly high at box speed. But it helps to bring out the mood with such contrast level keeping a great tonality. It has rich greyscale, but not as broad as Kodak Tri-X and the tone is great for street photography which performs really well under different weather conditions. So you don’t have to worry about getting a grey and flat result on a cloudy day as other black and white film needs more sunlight and push the film to get the same tonality.

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Compare JCH Pan 400 with Kodak Tri-x, ilford HP5 (Grain, Contrast, Mood)

I would describe JCH Pan 400 is a film between Tri-x and ilford HP5, a mixture of both. JCH Street Pan 400 is characterised by its fine grain structure. It is not as grainy as Tri-X or HP5 and the grain structure is similar to HP5. It can easily render the mood that I want at box speed. However, to get the same mood with HP5 or Tri-X you have to push the film to ISO800 or even 1600.     

Development times:

R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 25 10:30
R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 50 22:00
R09 Spezial / Studional 1 + 15 8:30
R09 Spezial / Studionial 1 + 31 17:00
Rollei Supergrain 1 + 12 7:00
Rollei RLS (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 4 14:30 (24°)
Ilford Ilfosol 3 1 + 3 5:00
Illord ID-11 / Kodak D-76 1 +1 10:50
Ilford Perceptol 1 + 1 10:00
Kodak HC-110 B (1+31) 5:00
Kodak X-Tol 1 + 1 17:00
Tanol (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 1 + 100 19:30
T-max Dev 1+4 at 20c 9:00

Source from JCH Website

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What cameras/gears did I use to take the images?

Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV
GW690II

Where to buy?

Barton1972
JCH Offical website

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Which black and white film should I start with?

For people who are new to photography, this is one of the most often asked questions. People are usually either impressed by the unique result produced from the black and white film or are attracted by the texture of the photo which cannot be replicated in digital format. In my opinion, shooting in black and white can help film shooters practice using different light sources and obtain more layers of gradients without worrying about the colours. As long as you like black and white photography, you can’t go wrong with this film.

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Name: Ilford HP5+

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with high grain structure

Overview

Ilford HP5+ is a classic black and white film with grainy texture. Among all other types of black and white film, I would describe HP5 and Kodak Tri-x as two extremes. It has relatively better contrast and higher grain structure while the later one gives lower contrast and is usually used by many famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson.



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Greyscale and sharpness 

HP5 has a rough character. It gives your image that journalistic feel yet with a vintage tone when you shoot it at ISO400, while the same line up of Delta 400 gives you a more pictorial result. I like to use HP5 in documentary type of photography and it gives me the timeliness feeling. I also do prefer it over the Kodak Tri-X mainly because Tri-X makes the picture looks too greyish when there isn’t much contrast.

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How is HP5 different from other brands?

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

Grain

With classic emulsion, it has high grain structure at ISO 400 and of course, it also depends on which developer you use. If you develop it with HC-110, the grain will be coarser. However, if you pair this with DDX, it will be silky smooth. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 looks less classic but with more fine grain structure. Then in that case, why do people still go for HP5 instead of Delta 400? It all depends on your taste and HP5 can easily be recognized by its unique characters.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford HP5 plus has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO1600 or even at ISO3200, and the result is excellent. I would recommend processing it with Ilford DDX developer in order to achieve the finest grain and to improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take these images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 radioactive

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v3

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