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Making the Most of the Mist - Yashica 44 with Ektachrome 64 developed in Caffenol

One misty morning on my way to work I managed to capture some scenes with my Yashica 44.
The film is an expired Kodak Ektachrome 64 slide film which I've developed in Caffenol, like I did once before. (If you're interested in the technical aspect of the developing read to the end of that link.)

The below photos are from a later date. Same film, different roll.

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Panning Out Well - Exposing a Roll of Expired Agfa Isopan ISS in 127-Format

I recently had the opportunity to expose a roll of Agfa Isopan ISS which expired in 1974.
The Isopan ISS is a 100 ASA film, and in this instance was rolled onto a spool intended for 127-format cameras.

The exposures of 127 film are 4 cm wide. I used my Yashica 44 to make 4x4 cm size photographs.

I gave the film two stops extra light, since it is so old, hence measured for 25 ASA.

As always, using the Yashica 44, the experience was very satisfying. Now, seeing the photos, I am truly humbled by this old film.

I did not have to do any major editing to get these wonderful exposures out of the negatives, using my Canon 9000F Mark II scanner. I only added some contrast.

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Overlapping Interests - Kodak Instamatic 500 with AGFA ASP 400S

The film in question is 35 mm unsprocketed intended for traffic surveillance. 

I've modded my Kodak Instamatic 500 to accept unsprocketed film in the 126 cassettes. This was done by cutting off the feeler peg that usually finds each sprocketed exposure on the original films. It's my second time exposing non-native film in a Insta 500 and the results are similar - overlapping frames. But the results were not so bad.

Well, it depends on your intentions.

I wanted to see if I could use the unsprocketed film in the 126 cassettes. And that I could. I just have to advance the film twice for each exposure, to not end up with overlapping exposures. And in the process expose the first of those in the palm of my hand or something.

 The lens is just wonderful! Its so sharp! Actually I have modded one to fit my M39 mount cameras.

One bonus feature which occured when I cut off the sprocket feeler peg was that the camera is 'ready' to expose after each wind. Normally an Instamatic is woun…

Putting Rollfilm in a Pack-Film Camera - My Adventures in Packfilm Part 2

This is my Polaroll! A combinaton of Polaroid packfilm camera and rollfilm back.

The background story of how I got this idea is in My Adventures in Packfilm Part 1. Part 2 begins with a Polaroid Land 210 and a rollfilm back for an old large format camera.

I will illustrate some of the process with this Polaroid Land 104, a model which is practically identical to the 210.

1, 2, 3, 4. The four steps to taking a photo with the Polaroid are molded into the controls.

Four by Four Find - Ektachrome 64 in Caffenol

Hey, if I put it through caffenol, then that's a bunch of cheap film for an expensive system.

I got hold of some rolls of expired (1984) Kodak Ektachrome 64 for the 127 film system. That is a colour slide film from way back when, which shares its fate with loads of other photography (and the 127 format) in that it is based on technology which is available no more. There's no developing chemicals for the 64.
The rolls came as a bonus with other rolls of film that I'd actually paid for, so I didn't have to think twice before I decided to give the 64 a caffenol bath and see how it came out in black and white.
I exposed the film through my Yashica 44 yesterday and this morning, on my way to and from work, and mixed a new caffenol developer just before dinner. Below are the 12 photos from the roll - the entire roll. See for yourself if you think the idea was any good.

I have edited for more contrast on most of the photos.

The black blotches on this and the horse photo are from …