Film Photography Podcast – Episode 122 – April 1, 2015
The internet radio show for people who love to shoot film! Olympus Wide-E! Minolta 7 Range Finder! Book of the Month and More!
Lots of people enjoy shooting expired film, but there are some risks associated with it. But one of the most frequently asked questions is what speed do I shoot the film at. Well the general rule of thumb is to cut the speed one stop for every decade (10 years) since the expiry date, one stop is basically halfing the film speed. So for example you have a roll of Kodak Tri-X that expired in 1995 (Tri-X being an ASA/ISO 400 speed film) so with it being 20 years past expiry you’d half the speed twice. So 400/2 = 200 then 200/2 = 100. So you’d set your meter for ASA/ISO 100 and shoot from there. You will have to adjust your developing time accordingly or let your lab know you’ve shot the film at 100. Of course you don’t have to do this, some films survive the years very well, Plus-X, Panatomic-X, and Verichrome Pan if stored well will maintain a good level of sensitivity. But if you want sure fire results, why not pick up some fresh film at our store!
Leslie’s second camera of the show is something new for her, which is rare. The Olympus Wide E was the second model of the Wide series of cameras. These were the first cameras produced by Olympus to feature an uncoupled meter. The Wide E features a selenium meter and a Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 lens. While the Wide E only has guess focusing, a later version Wide S(upper) has a coupled rangefinder.
Today’s book-of-the-show is one that we may have covered before but worth covering again. It’s Walker Evans: American Photographs 75th Anniversary Edition. Produced as part of the 75th anniversary show at MoMA of the original Walker Evans photos that have basically become iconic Americana. Walker is one of Mat’s favourite photographers and while he wasn’t able to make the physical show the book is really the next best thing. If you want to see some of the work that is featured you can view the MoMA’s collection online, or just go on Amazon and pick up a copy.
Tired of those dim focusing screens on your Medium or Large format cameras, well Mat has the answer. He recently discovered a gentleman in George, Bill Maxwell, who through his company, Maxwell Precision Optics produces super bright (we’re talking 5 stops brighter than the average OEM focusing screen) for your medium format or large format cameras, of course the product isn’t cheap, but you can check them out on Facebook or better yet shoot an email to Bill for full details: firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it for this show, but don’t worry we’ll be back in a short two weeks. In the mean time we’d love to hear from you. You can email us: email@example.com write us: Film Photography Podcast PO Box 152 Butler, NJ, 07405 or even leave a short message on our hotline (FYI: Message only – we don’t call back) 973-850-6330.