Film Photography Podcast – Episode 109 – September 15, 2014
The internet radio show for people who love to shoot film! 620 Film in 2014! Kodak Vision 3 Motion Picture Films! Nikon FE2! TLR Camerapalooza!
620 Film: Fresh Stock, Fresh Spools!
Yes, it’s been a dream of the FPP’s since the early days of the podcast to bring back newly produced 620 film spools and now after several years we experimented with 3D printing, but now we have newly produced 620 spools using injection molding techniques. And we’re been rolling fresh stock 120 film (same size, same paper) to these new reels. Or if you’re into it yourself you can purchase just the empty spools, or if you camera is missing them. So dust off your old 620 cameras and get shooting! 620 Spools / 620 Film – http://filmphotographyproject.com/store/film/620-film
In sad news, back in August Kodak Alaris announced the discontinuation of their BW400CN film, this is a black and white film that can be processed in regular C-41 chemistry both at home and at the lab. Kodak says that there’s enough stock out there to last another six months. You can still pick some up at the FPP Store, or sign up for our giveaway! If you want to shoot a similar film, Ilford’s Super XP2 is still being produced.
Ferrania is alive! If you’re on their mailing list you will have received over the summer a survey on film photography, which means they’re gearing up to start up production again! This is great news! Keep an eye on their website: to keep up on the latest news.
Fuji has released a new member of their Instax product line. The Instax Share SP-1 is a printer that uses Instax mini film, but you send the images from your Bluetooth enabled device. That’s right you can now print the images you shoot on your smartphone or tablet onto Instax Mini film! Although Michael has found that you might want to drop the brightness 20% before printing.
Svema Film in 120? Yes! Michael has been working through the massive archive of Law & Order TV Series on Netflix while making up spools (both 120 and 620) of Svema film to shoot. Massive bulk rolls of fresh stock and FPP created backing paper are being turned into rolls just for you! Svema 120 film here!
Kodak Vision 3 Film
Shooting motion picture film in your 35mm cameras is not a new idea, if you’re shooting Eastman Double-X 5222 you’re already doing it. But what about Kodak’s colour motion picture films? For the longest time most labs were hampered by a remjet layer. But now both Cinestill and Lomography have adapted this film so it no longer has this layer! Cinestill Xpro and Lomography Cine 200. But now you can get fresh rolled Vision3 500T directly from the FPP, but we only recommend processing at home. To remove the layer, simply make up a water bath at 90-100F (32-38C) with a touch of Baking Soda which will easily clear off they layer, and then just run it through with your FPP Unicolor kit! Fearful of Vision3 going away? Don’t be, several big name Hollywood Directors have approached Kodak and have made a five year deal to keep using Kodak Vision film in Hollywood pictures!
First off what is a TLR? TLR stands for Twin Lens Reflex, as the name implies the camera has two lens of the same focal length, one for taking the photo and one for composing it. The reflex part is from the mirror behind the viewing lens that bounces the image up onto the ground glass viewing screen. While the camera type started to catch on in the 1930s following the release of the original Rolleiflex, the camera can trace itself back to 1880. Today you can find TLRs in all formats, most are 120/220 cameras, but some take 620, 127 (Yashica-44 & Baby Rollei), and even be modified to accept 35mm. But they all share the same square picture format. Dane loves the waist level view finder, saying it gives a whole new way to see and compose the images. You can really get right down. And because you really can’t tell if the person is taking a photo (or even using a camera) it’s great for street photography. Even Viviane Maier used a Rolleiflex.
There are two major types of TLRs out there. Real TLRs feature coupled focusing, so when you focus the camera you can see the changes in the view lens as well, either by moving both at the same time or linking the lenses with geared edges. There are plenty of names out there, Yashica, Franke & Heidecke (Rollieflex & Rolleicord), Minolta, the Lomo Lubitel 2, and many more. Most of these cameas can swap accessories as the lenses have bayonets on them; the “bay” system was a standard among manufactures that allowed you to add filters or auxiliary lenses. There are Bay I through III in sizes. These are great cameras to use and shoot. The second category are pseudo-TLRs, these are little more than box cameras with two lenses. Often have the same limitations but can be just as great to shoot with. The Argus line, Kodak, and several toy cameras can all fall into this category. Some cameras to note, the Maymia C-series of TLRs feature full interchangeable lenses. The Yashica-635 could be converted to shoot 35mm film. And even today, you can still pick up a modern TLR, the Rolleiflex 2.8FX, if you have 9,000$ lying around that is.
Rick Paul takes a break from the Nikon professional line to bring the wonderful Nikon FE2. This was a 35mm SLR camera that was first released in 1983 as the replacement for the FE. As the name implies this is an electronic camera, as such you need a battery for it to operate. But it featured shutter speeds from 8 seconds to 1/4000” thanks to a sturdy titanium shutter. The camera features an aperture priority metering system with a match-needle display in the bright viewfinder. Despite being a compact semi-pro camera it has several features that you usually find on Pro cameras such as an exposure bias dial, depth of field preview, and interchangeable focusing screens. There’s a wide range of accessories such as data backs and motor drives. The cameras can accept AI, AI-S, and D-Type autofocus lenses. You can pick up one of these beauties for under 200$.
That’s it for this show! Are you a big fan or TLRs? Maybe you’ve used the SP-1? Send a line to let us know: email@example.com or just write us to let us know you’re still there! Have some candy to send us? We’ll gladly accept it! Mail it to: Film Photography Podcast PO Box 152 Butler NJ 07405. But we’ll be back in a short two weeks as we move towards our fifth anniversary!