Film Photography Podcast – Episode 130 – August 15th, 2015
Show Notes By Alex Luyckx
It’s a super-special-surprise podcast! Joining Michael Raso is joined in the studio with the much missed John Fedele and Mark Dalzell! Join them on your favourite podcast about shooting film as they discuss more on Super8 (both Shooting and Processing), FPP RetroChrome, and the Life-O-Rama III Camera! Keep it tuned in!
Shooting Kodak Vision3 film? Need a lab to send it to because your local lab won’t process the film because of the ramjet layer? Well we have great news! The Camera Shop, a lab in Minnesota processes the ECN-II Kodak Vision 3 films! So now you can send your Vision 3 film to The Little Film Lab ord The Camera Shop! Don’t worry, we include this information when you order the film from our FPP on-line shop!
FPP Retrochrome color slide film is taking the world by storm! This is government surplus film that once was used for surveillance of nuclear test sites out in the Nevada desert!
above: Daniel Lachman's awesome video review of FPP 35mm retroChrome color slide film!
The FPP Store stocks two great stocks the RetroChrome High-Speed rated at ISO 320-400 and a slower RetroChrome ISO 160 flavour! Mike tells us that the High Spped retroChrome is only $2.99/roll when you order the 9-Roll Box (til August 30)!
To make the deal even sweeter, you can get your own FPP color slide processing starter kit that includes the processing kit, two free rolls of Retrochrome, free slide mounts and FPP stickers for only thirty bucks! There’s a limited quantity HERE so head over to the store and pick one up today!
Processing E-6 color slides at home! So you picked up the FPP Unicolor E-6 kit but what do you get in it? Mark explains, that like the C-41 color negative kit, there are three different chemicals - first developer, second developer and blix (bleach and fix). Like all colour processing you need to nail the temperatures to avoid major colour shifts. If you can’t process at the recommended 100F there are times for colder temperatures. And like all other forms of developing when you pull that first roll or sheet out it’s just magic! Just don’t give a smell of the second developer…you’ll be tasting the colour of purple for a couple hours afterwards!
Galaxy Direct Positive Photo Paper! So the fine folks at Galaxy are looking to bring back a high speed (ISO-120) direct positive paper. That’s pretty darn fast in the world of paper, so if you’re interested give them a look and if you want toss them some bucks at their Kickstarter Campaign!
Summer of Super 8 Film Making! Michael and John are getting back into Super8 motion picture making! Right now Michael is using three different Super8 cameras currently, the first is the Canon 514XL, the GAF Anscomatic ST/87 and finally a Braun Nizo S40. John uses a Minolta Autopack-8 K11. Michael recommends not getting a camera that can do sound recording mostly because Super 8 Sound film is no longer made, so you’ll be paying for a feature that you cannot use. Like any camera you buy, especially off Ebay, make sure that the selling has tested the camera and ensured that all the battery compartments are free of corrosion. Also, your camera may have a built in 85b filter some may have a manual switch or have an automatic switch so that if you’re shooting Tungsten (or T) films you’re good to shoot it outside!
FPP has been expanding their online selection of Super 8 film (and adding more every month). Right now you can get several great flavours such as Kodak Tri-X, Vision3 500T, Vision3 50D, and WittnerChrome 200D! The Vision3 film kits includes processing through the fine folks at Pro8! With the best prices online it’s a great place to get started with shooting your own Super 8 movies!
above: Super 8 Home Movie - Canon 514 XL Camera Test - shot by Michael Raso on Father's Day 2015 at his parents home in New Jersey.
So where can you get your Super 8 film processed? Pro8mm handles the Vision3 or colour negative films which are great for digitally scanning and editing. If you want to project (Just be careful when buying used projectors, test them out first with blank leader film so your film doesn't get chewed up!) you’ll want colour positive film, such as WhitterChrome 200D. You can send color positive Super 8 film to Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, KS or Yale Film & Video. If you’re shooting B&W (Tri-X) or the Vision 3 negative there’s Cinelab in MA!
NEW MAN Super 8 Short Film - FPP Listener Sean Anderson has even been bitten by the Super 8 bug and shot his own Sci-Fi/Horror flick even the audio was recorded on an audio cassette. You can check it out below or on Vimeo! There’s also a great contest called Straight 8 where you shoot the film then send it into the contest and you’ll be able to watch it at the premiere…for the first time.
A metaphysical scientist gets in way over his head.
Camera: Canon 310XL
Film: Kodak Tri-X B&W Reversal
Life-O-Rama III 120 Folder Camera - Better known as the Dacora I, the Life-O-Rama III (also known as the Sears Tower 60) is a medium format folding camera first released in 1952 and shoots in the square, 6x6 format. Mark’s example has the 75mm f/5.6 lens that produces a very vintage images sharp and the center and nice fall off towards the edges.
The camera also has a Prontor shutter with speeds between 1/300” to 1” and Bulb. Mark loves these cameras, mostly because it’s a medium format camera that you can fold up and put in your pocket and not have to bother with light meters and all that, and to his enjoyment the shutter release is mounted on the body rather than the lens.
PP Photo Walk Meet-Up in Ann Arbor - Oct 3, 2015! The FPP is doing a meet-up on October 3rd, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Join Michael Raso, Leslie, Lazenby, Mat Marrash, Mark O’Brien (pictured above - oh and me! - Alex Luyckx will be there too!!!) for a good old fashioned FPP Meetup!
Meet at the Camera Store and then walk along the way to the Argus Museum! Visit filmphotographproject.com for more details and how to register to get your own FPP goodie bag! It's free! Sign up at our Meet Up page HERE!