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31 Film Cameras, 73 lenses in 8 Years – My Film Cameras and Gears Journey

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Endless Gears Upgrade
The shallow depth of field or the lack of “bokeh” was one of the main reasons for the change.

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Creamy Bokeh from Noctilux 50mm f1.0, Japan 2016



From Canon 50mm f1.2 LTM to Noctilux 50mm f1.0, my later photography years were a period of endless gears upgrade as I focused heavily on the character of the different lenses. Trying the “King of Bokeh” Summicron 35/2 version 4 was not enough, I upgraded to Summicron 35mm f2 V1, “8 elements”, and this beast has a special power in bringing black and white images to the next level.

You know that feeling when your instinct tells you something isn’t right? I definitely get that with cameras. I’ve listed the gears I tried below. For some, I almost knew immediately that they won’t be the ones I keep, but for others, I might have owned them a couple of times. I strongly believe that the gears you own represent your photography mindset at the point in time; people’s taste and perspective change at different stages, there should be no shame in wanting to try something new out of your usual gears, it’s the variety that would lead you to another stage.

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In 2014, I had my first backpacking trip in Germany, that’s when I forced myself to pack one camera and two lenses only. Surprisingly, it was a very pleasant experience. Given that I had so few equipments to play around with, I had a lot of time to fully understand the characteristics and performance of the different lenses and films at a short time. By the end of it, it even got me started on colour negative films.

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After so many years, my philosophy is this: to only have one lense at each focal length. Just pick up a lense that you like most, at its best focal length, and start compositing. I am more of a rangefinder person than film SLR because I find rangefinder coupling easier to use. I tried many SLR cameras including Nikon F2, F100, Canon F1, point and shoot cameras Yashica T5, Rollei 35 (and the list goes on), but none of them gave me the full control. After all, I would still choose my Leica M2 over others.



Exploring the Medium Format Cameras
My dark age came in 2013 when I sold all of my beloved Leica cameras. It took me almost a year to start looking at cameras again and that is when I ‘met’ Hasselblad 500CM. I have never tried medium format before and I thought, why not give it a go and see if it can help me pick up my photography passion again.

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I quickly moved from 500CM to GW690II simply because I found the focusing screen hard to use and hard to handle. The Texas Leica is very reliable but it was never my first preferred camera, so I found him a new home in 2018. I have tried Pentax 67 twice in 2017, the images impressed me so much, the creamy bokeh from the 105mm f2.4 was superb it was slightly heavy to be carried around. I brought the “Tank” with me on a trip before but I sold it right after, that was when I knew I am not a medium format person.

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Medium-format-camera-Fuji-fujifilm-GW690II-6x9-rangefinder-filmrangefinder-EBC-super-120format-film-texas-leica-gearFujifilm GW690II(aka Texas Leica)
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I am sure everyone has their own habit and preference in capturing images with different cameras. For me, I try to really understand the camera by using it, but if I can’t comfortably enjoy its companion, I will get rid of it. I tried not to have too many items in my dry cabinet. I landed with a Rolleiflex 2.8F in 2017, hoping this creamy lens will do the magic for me. But indeed, this 120 format didn’t work out. I think the reason was because I couldn’t break my personal style and shape it to fit this camera. But if you are a portrait person, you should definitely try the medium format.

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Camera-gears-Mamiya-C330-TLR-6x6-medium-format-120-tripod-cheaper-option-to-start-withMamiya C330 in black and white film
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Out of Curiosity: Large Format Photography
Now that you are halfway through my article, the logical guess for my next step would obviously be large format. To backtrack slightly, I actually tried Large Format Cameras at a much earlier stage when I was picked up photography because I felt the best way to understand the subject is to start with the traditional equipments. I spent quite some time with the Chinese made Shenhao 4×5 camera sitting on the tripod, a Petzval classic brass lens and a Schneider 210mm f5.6 lens, shot mainly with black and white sheet film and Fujifilm Instant Pack Films.

My-large-format-photography-set-up-shenhao-4x5-sheet-film-gitzo-tripod-schneider-210mm-5.6-LFI was shocked and impressed with the image results from large formats, and this 4×5 (10cm x 12.5cm in actual measurements) gives you rich textures and sharpness as the size of the film is so large. I like how large format photos gives you high quality and you can possess a basic weekend photoshoot set-up at a relatively cheap price. I believe there is always a trade off between size and quality, but I am happy that I experienced the whole process of shooting portraits with large format cameras and enjoyed the time with friends walking around with this wooden box. Its emphasizes is on the communications between the subject and the photographer. You are moving from an “Observer” position to an actual “Involver” place. You stimulate the photographing process because the portraits and movement require extra care. Each shot requires the subject to stay still until the shutter is pressed and usually this process might take up to 2 minutes – focus, check the reading, set the lens aperture, change the aperture back to normal mode and shutter speed, make sure the subject is still holding the position then insert the film black, remove the plate, take the shot.

This form of communication and trust furthered developed myself to be an “involver” in different photography environments, to quickly blend in with the shooting subject and environment.

Portrait-of-bryan-taken-with-4x5-sheet-film-2011-large-format-photography-shenhao-4x5-schneider-210mm-5.6-portraitBlack and White Portrait with 4×5 sheet film (left) Fujifilm Pack film (right)
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From Black and White to Color – Golden Age
I first started shooting mostly with black and white films in 2010. Probably similar to many beginners, I was inspired by Magnum photographers. The form and texture of black and white are so strong that they capture the soul and mood of that moment, and at the same time, you can play around with the light and show easily. For my backpacking trips in 2014 and 2015, I shot only with black and white films, and used some color slide film when in Europe. But I still felt that something was missing. There should be warmth in a photo. I went to Cambodia in 2015 and started using color negative films to capture the vibrant colors in South East Asian countries (Cities Snap). I have seen so much work from photographers using color reversal films in these countries, with other popular countries including India, Cuba and Mexico. Before that, my Black and white to color films ratio was 9:1. Between 2016 to 2018, the ratio increased to 7:3, the 70% is color! In 2016, I bought a few rolls of Kodak Super Gold 400 (Jp Ver.), it is cheap with high quality and I especially like the warmth that Kodak films give me.

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My favourite black and white film is Kodak Double-X 5222 black and white film. But today, I try to use only 2 different films in Black and White and 2 different films for color. Ilford HP5 and Kodak Tri-X, Agfa Vista 400 and Kodak Portra 400. Occasionally I shoot some Cinestill 800T at night too.

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Seasonal changes of a photography journey
It changes depending on the your mood state at the point in time. Have you ever wondered why human has to try so many things, go through trial and error, before knowing what we truly like? Sometimes, I find myself quite stupid, wasting so much time to go round a big circle before finally landing at where I am now. But on the other hand, I know I need that experience. Each small incident from these great memories made me clearer and clearer of what I really want to shoot, and my preference of color palette in the digital world. Another big benefit is, once you have tried everything, you will grow this sense of content with your inner self, and that made me less prone to making impulsive purchase significantly.

Taking-pictures-of-children-kids-with-leica-in-trinidad-cuba-travelling-in-central-america-filson-backpackTaking pictures of local people in Trinidad and Havana Cuba 2017
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What Camera am I using now
So 8 years in, what is my current photography goal? The hardest thing to achieve is not about mastering a camera so that you take a good picture, but how to use a camera to create your own series of images that tell great stories. My ultimate goal is to be able to establish a colour tone and composition style that is unique to my character. I am satisfied with my Leica M2 who has been a great traveling companion; my other favourites also include Hasselblad Xpan II for panoramic shots and the pocket size Rollei 35 T. Go take a look at this short interview clip “Film is alive” if you are interested, it captures some great views on film photography and I had the honor to be featured.

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I love film photography because it not only let me capture the scenes I like but freezes the mood with it.

Share your own story
If you want to understand my first half of the journey, you may refer to the post “My Film Photography Journey Part 1”. I am sure you have a very unique and interesting story to tell, and I would love to hear it. Please share your story with me by leaving a comment below or email to me at tahusa.co@gmail.com.

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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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Second part of my Film Cameras and Gears Journey, please click the link below

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Kodak Portra 400

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Name: Kodak Portra

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Accurate skin tone, high sharpness

 

Film Review brief Summary

Introducing you another essential film manufactured by Kodak and which is quite popular in the market with it’s well known character for natural skin tone and ideal for most lighting conditions. Kodak Portra is another popular stock film in everyone’s fridge including myself. Except Agfa Vista 400, it is the second film that I used extensively for my work.

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Colour and sharpness

It offers a natural skin tone which is great for shooting portraits. The most distinct character of it is that other film will result in a slightly reddish skin colour and it is quite obvious when comparing with different film using the same lens, such as Agfa Vista 400 and Kodak Ektar 100. The tone from Portra is definitely better as it has a more comfortable colour.

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Also, it is suitable to be used in different lighting conditions such as indoor, outdoor and low light situation (at night) and achieve its natural colour palette whereas Kodak Ektar 100 offers you more contrast and saturated colour. Personally I like Portra more than Ektar as it is more “all-rounded” to be used for different kinds of photography  except landscape. I prefer Portra to be shot with street photography and portraits, while Ektar’s character is more deep and better to be used for landscape photos.

I normally only use Portra 400 during my trips mainly because it is more expensive than other colour negative film available in Hong Kong but I think its quality is much better. It is great for street photographers who wants to achieve a consistent colour rendering. Especially if you are a warm tone person which choose Kodak over Fujifilm.

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Compare Kodak Portra 400 with Agfa Vista 400, Fujifilm Pro400H, Fujifilm X-tra 400 and Kodak Super Gold 400

Agfa Vista 400 has more reddish skin tone, super sensitive to red colour and saturated colour, sharpness is lower than Portra 400.

Fujifilm Pro400H achieves a more pastel colour palette but the grain is more coarse than Portra 400. So Portra 400 has finer grain. But both has really good highlight details without overblown and great to pushed with.

Fujifilm X-tra 400 has greenish tint and coarser grain but price is relatively cheaper than Portra 400 but it has discontinued in 2017.

Kodak Super Gold 400 results much warmer tone than Portra 400 but it is not as sharp as the Portra. But is is cheap bargain for serious film shooters.

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Film is very pushable

To be honest, I haven’t tried pushing the film or overexposing it at different ISO speed. But from what I have heard from other film users. They like it to be overexposed 1 or 2 stops to give you or pushed at ISO800 and still give you an optimal result.

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Using Portra 400 at night

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More images shot with Portra 400

古巴-夏灣拿-菲林-vintage-car-street-on-the-road-Portra-400-iso400-Kodak-Leica-M2-Summilux-35mm-f1.4-35-1.4-Asph-FLE-11663-Havana-Cuba-Analog-film-reviewHavana, Cuba (Leica MP Summilux 35/1.4 asph FLE) (left, right top and bottom)
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Kaleidoscope-brand-leather-jacket-flash-ad600-godox-Portra-400-iso400-Hong-Kong-HK-Nikon-F100-85mm-f1.8D-1.8-85-film-SLR-Analog-film-reviewGodox AD600, Nikon F100 50mm f1.4D
Kaleidoscope-brand-leather-jacket-flash-ad600-godox-Portra-400-iso400-Hong-Kong-HK-Nikon-F100-50mm-f1.4D-1.4-50-film-SLR-Analog-film-reviewGodox AD600, Nikon F100 85mm f1.8D

 

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古巴-夏灣拿-菲林-Barber-salon-haircut-kid-portrait-indoor-Portra-400-iso400-Kodak-Leica-M2-Summicron-35mm-f2-35-IV-7elements-cienfuegos-Cuba-Analog-film-review
古巴-夏灣拿-菲林-Barber-salon-haircut-men-portrait-indoor-Portra-400-iso400-Kodak-Leica-M2-Summicron-35mm-f2-35-IV-7elements-cienfuegos-Cuba-Analog-film-reviewCienfuegos, Cuba (Leica MP Summilux 35/1.5 asph FLE) (Top and bottom left and right)

 

 

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三家村-鋰魚門-fisherman-diving-to-catch-clams-cliff-Portra-400-iso400-Hong-Kong-HK-Lei-Yu-Mun-Mamiya-C330-80mm-f2.8-medium-format-120-Analog-film-reviewLei Yu Mun, Hong Kong (Mamiya C330 80mm f2.8) (left and right)
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Seville City Scanner 001

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Country: Spain
City: Seville
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

This is the second city that I have visited in Spain. It is quite different from Barcelona and somehow I like this place more than that. Photos were taken during the first day when I arrived in the city. I quickly grabbed my camera and rushed to Plaza de Espana and the sunset in there was beautiful after that I walked along the river side and try to capture something interesting.

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Osaka City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Osaka
Camera: Leica M9-P
Lens: Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 e58 v1

Pictures were taken during the sakura season in Osaka, Japan. Some of them were shot in Osaka Castle Park and the remaining were shot at Kyoto. Japan is a dynamic place to shoot around with colour or black and white.

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man-painting-drawing-under-tree-enjoying-osaka-castle-park-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera-travelMan drawing under sakura (Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 E58)
JR-station-movie-scene-man-standing-next-to-each-other-waiting-for-train-coming-kyoto-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera-travel
Man-with-his-dog-cycling-around-osaka-castle-park-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera-travel
Cute-girl-cycling-inside-osaka-castle-park-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera
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sakura-bokeh-in-Philosopher's-Walk-kyoto-sakura-season-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera-travel
man-feeding-cat-in-Philosopher's-Walk-kyoto-sakura-season-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Noctilux-50mm-50-f1-f1.0-e58-v1-digital-camera-travel
Fushimi-Inari-Shrine-伏見稻荷-京都-kyoto-japan-japanese-street-snap-portrait-using-leica-m9-m9p-Summicron-35mm-f2-v1-8elements-8ele-digital-camera-travelFushimi Inari Taisha with Leica Summicron 35mm f2 VI (above)

 

Hong Kong Night Tide 001

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH
Film: CineStill 800T Tungsten

After the heavy rain is always the best time to take your camera out and go for a walk in Hong Kong. City Night Tide is fabulous with different neon lights in the most condensed District – Mong Kok (All images were taken with CineStill 800 Tungsten pushed to ISO2400) For detail of this film, you may refer to CineStill 800T

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Rollei Vario Chrome 200-400

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Name: Rollei Vario Chrome

ISO: 320

Film type: Positive Slide

Character: High saturation with warm tone

 

Vintage feel and Warm tone

Rollei Vario Chrome is a daylight highspeed colour reversal film with good sharpness. The warmth produced from the film depends on the environment that you use, the brighter the sun is, the warmer the picture will be. Besides, I discovered that it is quite similar to its brother, Rollei CR200 slide film. Except that CR200 tends to be more attracted to green or blue colour. Rollei Vario Chrome tends to be more sensitive to yellow and orange colour. Also, it has strong orange cast in it and Vario tends to has a more vintage looking.

All of the sample images was taken on a dazzling day.

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a
Monk India Visiting Hong Kong Rollei Vacrio Chrome 400 Summicron leica

Quite special when you look at it again and again

At first, I was attracted by its fancy packaging and the beautiful film cassette. After the film was developed at my local lab. I was shocked looking at the slides, even Mike, the owner from Colourluxe lab also has his jaw dropped. Both of us were thinking why is it so warm? Few days later when I look at it again and again, I think it is quite special and distinguished from my other images.

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mmRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

Which ISO speed to shoot at? 200? 320? 400?

The box speed is at ISO320. But offical website mentioned that the ISO speed is ranging from 200 to 400. The concept is that if you use it at ISO200, it will be slightly overexposed and achieve with lower saturation. At ISO400, the image will be slightly underexposed. So you can follow this rule to set the ISO to determine what kind of images result you would like to have. In my opinion, I like it at ISO400, exposure is similar to other positive slide film.

200 – 320 ISO: Lower saturation (preferable for scanning applications)

320 – 400 ISO: Higher saturation (preferable for slide projection)

Source from macodirect

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm
Rollei Vario Chrome HK Hong Kong Street Snap Photo walk 320 at 400 Leica Summicron 35mm king of bokeh Warm tone New film reviewRollei Vario Chrome at ISO400 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-a

 


What lenses did I use
to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-asph

Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

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Motion picture black and white film?

Most of you must have already been using motion picture colour negative film such as CineStill 50D, CineStill 800T…etc. Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X is Kodak’s legendary 35mm black and white cine film available for use in 35mm camera. Films such as Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000) and Casino Royale (2006) have used Double-X to evoke strong emotions like only black-and-white can do.

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Name: Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

ISO: 200 (Tungsten), 250 (Daylight)

Film type: Black and white

Character: Medium contrast with medium grain structure

 

Wide greyscale and sharpness 

Double-X has the subtleties in tone scale with a scratch-resistant backing layer. It also has a great depth of field without increased illumination. With its stunning tones and dynamic range, any developer in the market could have it developed nicely and resulted in good sharpness. Comparing the Eastman Double-X with Kodak Tri-X, the later one gives you a relatively harder sharpness. If you like softer tone and use with vintage Leica glass, then Double-X for sure is something that you are looking for.

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Superb dynamic range and Fine grain

It has very long density range and with medium contrast for movie making. When you use the film in high contrast environments, highlights and shadows are kept in great details. I have developed some of them in Kodak HC-110 (B) before and resulted in low contrast. Some online forum suggested that using Kodak D76 developer is the perfect match! Eastman Double-X is mainly for movie making and the grain is much finer than Kodak Tri-X and I think the grain intensity is between Ilford HP5 and Delta 400.

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Comparing Double-X with other black and white film

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

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Double-X is flexible to be pushed up to ISO800 and usually I rate it at ISO 400 for street snaps in daylight. At ISO 400, aperture step down, compose and shoot! It gives you autonomy to use at different ISO speed in different circumstances and it ease the pain to consider which film to bring for your own trip.

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What lenses did I use?

Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2 asph

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58 v1

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Ilford Delta Professional 400

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Ilford Delta 400

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Name: Ilford Delta Professional

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Fine grain, high sharpness with medium contrast

Difference between Delta 400 and HP5+

Ilford Delta 400 is a high-speed black and white film which has a modern emulsion (tabular-grain film) that can result with finer grain but with less latitude. I would say its tone belongs to the modern days while Ilford HP5+ belongs to the past with more grain and tonal range. Delta 400 gives you a much cooler tone and produce “cleaner” images especially using it for portrait.

Greyscale and sharpness 

Delta 400 offers superior depth in greyscale. It has more even tonal range which gives you a modern feeling and absolute predictability on the image result. While HP5 plus is more classic and artistic and producing images in charcoal like drawings. Beside, it has great sharpness at ISO 400 or even up to ISO 1600. With such a great gradation on tone, it is one of the best high speed films for portrait photography.

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How is Delta different from other brands?

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Grain

With the use of core-shell crystal technology, it produced fine grain structure at ISO 400. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 is more modern because of its uniform grain structure. But why do some of us still prefer HP5+ instead of Delta 400 even its grain is so smooth? The reason might be the smoother grain lack of strong character and images are relatively flat. However, the coarser grain from HP5+ gives you better texture and a more unique character.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford Delta has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO800 or even at ISO3200, same as HP5+ and the result is excellent, except that HP5+ will be grainy but Delta Professional can keep its contrast consistently at different rate. I would recommend it to be processed using Ilford DDX developer to achieve the finest grain and improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Rolleiflex 2.8F

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