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Coffee on the Go - or Panoramas on Caffenol

I developed two rolls the other day: One Ilford HP 400 127-format film and one Fomapan 400Action 120-format film. The Fomapan I've had lots of experience developing, also in 35mm. I think it responds well to the stand development (Caffenol Stand - 1hr) process that I use. I then have Ilford chemicals to stop, fix and wash the negatives.
I have not used this developing process with Ilford HP film before. (It was kept in a Rera Pan 400 can, pictured.) Only once before did I develop a 127-film and it turned out very well. You can see a couple of photos from that roll (a Rera Pan 100) and read more about cameras using the 127-film format here in an older post.
Your standard film holders for developing tanks have a setting for 127-film as a default. Not so long ago it was actually a standard film format.


As you can see the photos from the 120-film are panoramas. I haven't cropped them in editing but added a masking to the film plane with electrical tape to make the camera take panoramas - 24 of them per roll actually!

This is how you position the film so you get 24 exposures that don't overlap too much: For starters you have to use a simple model TLR like my Seagull with a film wind system where you see the exposure indicator which is printed on the film backing paper in the (round) display window on the back. First you have to mask the film plane. Once you've exposed the first photograph (at indicator '1') you wind till you see the first dot on the backing paper - which originally indicates that you are nearing exposure number '2'. Well, you stop at the first dot because you are now halfway to '2' so can make another exposure. Then you wind on to '2', etc.
The Ilford HP photos were exposed by two cameras on the same roll. The first was the Bencini Comet III, some photos can be seen in the above mentioned post. A very simple camera but fitted with a couple of aperture settings and with manual focusing!
  The second set of photos is exposed with my coveted Yashica 44 which is fully equipped in the manual exposure department. It is very similar to the classic TLRs but is smaller as you can see in the picture below. For comparison my Seagull, on the left, is similar in size to Rolleiflexes and Yashica-Mat:s.
These are very easy to use TLR:s. As you can see the lens on the Seagull is a 75 mm, which is something of a wide-angle on medium format. The Yashica has a 60 mm. I am not sure how that translates to 127 format, but would guess that it is rather wide as well.



The photos show some vignetting. I will not attribute it to the lens yet, as it can be due to my rather crude scanning.
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