Episode 39 - July 15, 2011

The radio show about film, film and more film! Discussions include film shrinkage, reclaiming your instant film neg, darkroom tips, vintage camera giveaway and much more! Hosted by Michael Raso with Mat Marrash and John Fedele.

Show Notes

Host Michael Raso is joined in the studio by co-hosts Mat Marrash and John Fedele as our Polaroid Packtastic Summer continues!  in our first segment, Mike goes over Polaroid Land Camera battery conversion.  Many of the old Packfilm cameras take batteries that can be hard to find, though we have some in the FPP Store!  Nevertheless, you may find that you’d prefer to put some AAA batteries in your camera.  It takes a bit of surgery and soldering, but Mike begins a battery conversion on the air.  Have a Polaroid Land camera you want converted?  Send it to us with a small donation ($30 US), and we’ll take care of you!

Watch a segment of How It’s Made, who recently covered the manufacture of The Impossible Project’s instant film!

Mat’s Book of the Month is “Collecting and Using Classic Cameras,” by Ivor Matanle.  It includes reviews of a bunch of classic cameras, including tips and tricks, as well as great organization by camera manufacturer.  Use it to learn more about great cameras of the past, or simply as a field guide for you Gear Acquisition Syndrome, otherwise affectionately known as GAS.

Meanwhile, Mike introduces the Polaroid Electric Zip camera, which shoots a 3.25” square image on the elusive Type 80 film.

Youtube video - Polaroid Electric Zip Camera!

The gang introduces the latest giveaway, the Yashica Electro GSN 35mm rangefinder camera!  In pristine sparkly condition, it’s donated from FPPer Chris Morrison and recently CLA'd by Russ Sisco (www.camerarefurb.com) in Bridgeport, CT.  It’s aperture-priority and features a beautiful 45mm f/1.7 lens. Enter via the giveaway section on this website!

Mat gives some darkroom tips on working with Kodak’s TMAX film.  Issues such as green tint, shrinkage, and film curl can occur, but they’re preventable if you develop the film with the right precautions.  Tune in to listen to how you might prevent such maladies from happening to your film!

Mike discusses the process of bleaching your Fujifilm FP-100C negatives (rather than chucking them in the bin!)  Using common household items, you can recover your negative for scanning, which can lead to an image with a completely different look!  Also in this segment, the gang discusses different film storage methods.  With all the film you shoot, you’ve got to explore the different ways of organizing and storing your film, not only to protect it but so you’ll be able to find your negatives again in the years to come.  From binders to shoeboxes, the gang looks at it all!  Even hanging Polaroid prints on clotheslines!

The Film Photography Podcast is an Internet radio show dedicated to promoting photography on film formats that range from ultra-large format to 110 film, instant film, and everything in between. Join us for a new episode on the 1st and 15th of every month!

Show notes by Dan Domme


Anicca Media's picture
Another great podcast! Regarding cleaning the black backing off of Fuji FP100C negatives. I use disposable (low lint) cotton oval makeup pads that come in bags of 50 or 100. They work great for applying the bleach, wiping it off and drying the negatives without the scratches a cheap brush could cause. I never rinse mine since the emulsion side is so very fragile. Also, you didn't mention it, but the negatives have to be securely taped to the glass (duct tape works, some electrical tapes work) so absolutely no bleach gets onto the emulsion side and ruins it. In my experience, FP100C negatives work much better for scanning than optical enlarging. It's possible to fit one in a 4x5 glass film carrier on enlargers that support them, but getting a decent print in color or black & white is tough.
alex luyckx's picture

On Negative Storage, I just had to laugh because my system of storage is very similar to what Mat uses, which makes me feel like I'm on the right track. I use the print file sleeves on the instances of my friend Julie who taught me b/w developing and printing last year. So I have five binders at this point of my negs, divided up by formats Medium, 35mm Strips, and 35mm Slide. All labeled with the event, date, camera and film stock used. I used to just toss it all into a big box, often leaving some rolled up, it took me a few months to sort through my box, I dumped a lot of my early work simply because it either a) sucked or b) I had no desire to keep it or work with it.

As for my Polaroids...they're all neatly boxed, but no real sorting done on them, that may be a fall project.

As for getting started, the best bet is to start filing now, any new stuff, create a system, and then work that into your workflow. For me, I keep my empty printfile sleeves by my computer and scanner and before I even turn on the scanning software I pull out the required number of sleeves and write in the information, then scan, and as soon as the scanning is done, I load up the next set, get that going and put the negs into the sleeves.

Then during times when you're not scanning, then work on the back log.

Aathaaa From Bawston's picture
Was thrilled to hear Mat talk about Ivor Matanle's great Collecting And Using Classic Cameras. His review of this book was spot on. I have taken the book out three times from my library over the past year. It truly is a "go-to" reference, and is a very easy read. And really sparks up the "GAS". Aathaaa From Bawston
Russ's picture

Hi! Just heard about your site and podcast from Chris Morrison, who donated the Electro 35 GSN that I CLA'd to you guys. I just listened to some of the show, and found it pretty interesting. Keep up the good work!

Russ Sisco


Michael Raso's picture

Thanks for the comments! Hi Russ, great to meet you. Thanks for listening.

- Michael

Oscar.p's picture

just created the account and looking forward to the 15th


film-forever's picture
For those who want to use regular batteries in a Yashica GSN (originally working with mercury batteries), there's an adapter offered by Yashica Guy: http://www.yashica-guy.com/document/battery.html

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