False colour

A while back I came into a roll of film that expired in 1992. It was Kodak Ektar 125, discontinued in 1991, but famous for its saturated colours. I kept it aside and waited for sunny weather that would make the most of the colours. Eventually, I decided to shoot the film in an old […]

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Negative area

There’s a really useful diagram on Wikipedia that shows the relatives sizes of different digital camera sensors. But it doesn’t include medium format film – so I made my own version. Format Typical use Size Area Crop factor APS-C Most consumer DSLRs and APS film cameras ~22x15mm 330mm² 1.5-16× 35mm Professional full frame DSLRs and […]

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Old colour film

One of the classic cameras I took possession of this week was a 1959 Halina 35x, which happened to contain an unused film. I managed to date the film to between 1983-1987 (after 1983 as it had a DX code, and before 1987 because the film speed was given in ASA rather than ISO). Yesterday, […]

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My new darkroom

Last year I wrote about the darkroom I had set up in my loft. Since then I’ve moved house, so I need to build the darkroom again. This time I have a windowless utility room on the ground floor, with running water and a worktop, so it’s already better than what I had before. Here’s […]

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Film

I decided to have a quick count of the film I have in stock. It seems I have 37 rolls of 120-format film, and 10 rolls of 135 (35mm) format. That’s a total of 730 pictures, assuming I shoot the 120 film as 6×7 negatives with 10 frames per roll, and the 135 film with […]

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Focal lengths on different formats

Consumer photographic lenses are almost always sold by their focal length when used on a 35mm camera (or full-frame professional DSLR). It’s already confusing enough to work out what their effective focal length is when used on an APS-C sensor (most consumer DSLRs), but since I’ve been getting into medium-format photography it’s even more confusing […]

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