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Film and digital

21 Oct

Well. It’s been nearly a month now since I started my affair with film. Lots of mishaps in the developing tank but now with some experience I can confidently say I am 90% there, at least in achieving consistency of results and repeatability. I have now stocked up with lots and lots of bw film in my efforts to master 35mm film photography. I have a bunch of Ilford Delta 100, Ilford Delta 400, Ilford Delta 3200, Kodak T-Max, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and lots of Lucky SHD 100 films. I’ve also stocked myself with Ilford ID-11 developer, Ilford Ilfosol, ilford LC29 and the accompanying chemicals. Some new tanks and a rack to put them all in.

I’ve also dug up an old Seagull TLR and have been experimenting medium format 6×6 with the Ilford Delta 400 120 film.

Needless to say, I am having the time of my life. So much so that digital seems so impersonal to me now. The anticipation of looking at the negatives after developing can’t be matched by anything digital. To me, this is what photography is all about. I will continue to use my dSLR but its now the alternative instead of being the norm though I am planning to get Canon’s new EOS 5D II.

But the priority is to look for more lenses for my Leica, maybe the 28mm or 35mm as well as a telephoto like the 75 or 90mm for portrait work. I am also budgetting for a used medium format camera like a Hasselblad.

I have just completed development of 2 rolls of Ilford Delta 100 35mm and 2 rolls of Ilford Delta 400 120. The negatives looks good and I am waiting in anticipation for the scans.

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