Only 4 days ago I put my thoughts into words — after thinking about it for 3 weeks — and today I sold the last piece I was trying to sell. The Yashicaflex TLR was gone in an hour after posting the ad on Wednesday and the batch of color film was gone the next day. And today I sold the Welta Weltax folding camera. I’m now left with digital SLR system and three film cameras: the great and small Nikon EM, the awesome Yashica Mat EM and the fun Noon Pinhole, and a pile of black and white film and chemicals.
Guess where I’m going to invest the money I got from the camera sale? I’m going to buy a camera! Who would have guessed? The most probable camera to buy is the Fujifilm X10 compact camera which I’m going to go to check out it today in a local camera store.
I started replying to Niall’s blog post and noticed it wasn’t a comment anymore, it was a blog post. So here it is (with a few typo corrections).
You kind a wrote exactly what has been on my mind for the past few months. I went down similar road as you describe in your post — I never got to printing tho’. For 18 months (since fall 2009) I bought and tried almost every type of camera, film and developer I could imagine. I have sold most of the equipment that has not pleased me but I still own too large collection and I have film worth at least 300 euros in my fridge.
For the past 7-8 months I have barely touched a camera and it’s been months since I developed my last roll of film. (I cannot count the two rolls I processed this fall because the C-41 chemicals were dead and the results are better in b&w.) Since I moved into a new apartment 2.5 weeks ago, I’ve been thinking of downsizing both my camera and film stock. I think I keep only the great and sharp Yashica Mat EM and my first own film camera, Nikon EM, and keep shooting b&w film with them. I’ll sell the rest to the next enthusiast. I’ll continue using Agfa Rodinal as my main b&w developer. I’ll sell most of the C-41 film I’ve hoarded.
And I have the exact same problem. Which film to replace Neopan 400 with?!
I guess I have grown up.
I do not know how I was able to pull off the excellent pushed results back in December (Fuji Pro 400H @ 1600). I have not been able to repeat that with the same film and chemicals. In March I got dirty colors (mostly because of artificial lighting) and the latest run didn’t go well either.
Here are some of the frames that I shot with Nikon EM and Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8 lens on Fuji Pro 400H film that was exposed at ISO1250-1600. I developed the film with freshly mixed Digibase chemicals but the results are mediocre at best.
Development notes: Fuji Pro 400H film shot at ISO 1600 (2-stop push). The film was developed with freshly mixed Rollei Digibase C-41 chemicals in 38°C. Color developer time was 4:15 (3:15 + 2 x 30 seconds per stop). Bleach 4:00, fixer 5:00 and stab 1:30.