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[Personal Blog] Inspired by a Kids 35mm Camera Photo Contest

Several months ago, I took part in a kids camera challenge. The challenge consisted of locating a kids 35mm camera, take the entire roll of pictures, have the film developed within one week and submit these images to the judges. My images were overlooked by the judges. Since then I've wanted to try something differant.

Instead of using a kids Fujifilm waterproof camera, I've elected to try the Holga 120N Medium format plastic toy camera. Medium format is new to me and something I thought about getting into back in the 70's but never had the chance. My objective to test the modified Holga 120N camera along with my experimental polarizing filter. Finding out later, the 52mm lens ring fits over the existing Holga plastic lens. But over time, the filter mount kept falling off. I ended up making a small foil tab, bent over the lens ring that would apply just enough pressure to hold the generic filter mount in place.

Another add on, we had the shop creation a 3D printed shutter release mount. In conjunction with a $90.00 release cable (the most expensive thing about this entire outfit). The camera will be used strictly for long exposures. It's been difficult loading the film into the camera when a person like myself have arthritic hands. One thing I'd change about the Holga, I'd like to see a larger film advance knob.

Since getting the camera, I've used 11 rolls of film, My favorite is the Kodak Tri-x 400, but I also threw in the Ilford ISO 50 and one roll of Kodak Portra 160 just to get an idea of what to expect. At the end of this week, I'll finally have a chance to send at least 4 roll of the 120 film, and I'll make sure as to include the Ilford & Portra film. But will months of testing and shooting pay off or be a waste and a big disappointment. I wont know until the lab starts to develop something. However they have said that they will snip test the film before developing the entire roll.

I'm hoping to have something to show for my efforts very soon.
01.12.21, 19:01
Several months ago, I took part in a kids camera challenge. The challenge consisted of locating a kids 35mm camera, take the entire roll of pictures, have the film developed within one week and submit these images to the judges. My images were overlooked by the judges. Since then I've wanted to try something differant.

Instead of using a kids Fujifilm waterproof camera, I've elected to try the Holga 120N Medium format plastic toy camera. Medium format is new to me and something I thought about getting into back in the 70's but never had the chance. My objective to test the modified Holga 120N camera along with my experimental polarizing filter. Finding out later, the 52mm lens ring fits over the existing Holga plastic lens. But over time, the filter mount kept falling off. I ended up making a small foil tab, bent over the lens ring that would apply just enough pressure to hold the generic filter mount in place.

Another add on, we had the shop creation a 3D printed shutter release mount. In conjunction with a $90.00 release cable (the most expensive thing about this entire outfit). The camera will be used strictly for long exposures. It's been difficult loading the film into the camera when a person like myself have arthritic hands. One thing I'd change about the Holga, I'd like to see a larger film advance knob.

Since getting the camera, I've used 11 rolls of film, My favorite is the Kodak Tri-x 400, but I also threw in the Ilford ISO 50 and one roll of Kodak Portra 160 just to get an idea of what to expect. At the end of this week, I'll finally have a chance to send at least 4 roll of the 120 film, and I'll make sure as to include the Ilford & Portra film. But will months of testing and shooting pay off or be a waste and a big disappointment. I wont know until the lab starts to develop something. However they have said that they will snip test the film before developing the entire roll.

I'm hoping to have something to show for my efforts very soon.
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clarissaaa

what's a good amateur analog camera?

12.06.20, 20:06
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desertar

band proofs???

Help message:
In order to auto-translate a paper about media archaeology and old photographic films, I'm desperately looking for the (apparently) impossible English version or English translation for
"PROVINI IN BANDA"

It indicates the practice of printing all the frames on a long photographic paper (like 3x54-inches for a 36 negative roll, for example) with the "enlargement" limited to about 3x4 inches (7x10cm) per photo.
I think the french translation, by instance, could be "bande de lecture" (a reading, a preview)...
small prints side by side like in contact sheets but a bit larger and on a single line, not cut into strips (as uncut could be the film, cause a special device could realize it without cutting the film).
So, like proofs "in band", in strips, on a single line, or whatever, but with no relation to music!
It seems impossible to find it on internet, until now, but I can't believe that this (not uncommon) Italian old labs practice doesn't exist elsewhere....

With enlarged gratitude for your future help,
Arianna
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tri-x 400 dynamic range

Hi.

I'm looking into shooting on film as I like the look and feel of it. So I bought a canon ae1 and a 50mm lens from ebay. Got a roll of tri-x400 film and just went out and shot the whole roll in one day. I dropped it off at a local foto store but was a bit disappointed when I got the developed and printed fotos back. Generally all shots are lacking contrast. Looking at it in photoshop the values are clipped at a dark grey and light grey. So no real whites and no real blacks. I used the zone system to expose my shots but accidentally got a few underexposed shots and even they are clipped at a dark grey.
I'd like to look into developing the film myself but just want to find out at which stage I made a mistake.
Am I exposing wrong? But even then whites and blacks shouldn't be clipped, right?
Did the photo store do something wrong? Looking at the negative, as far as I can tell the range looks quite all right, completely transparent and fully opaque.
Maybe the negatives got fogged?

Thanks for your help,
Fabian
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