Expired Film Day 2021

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Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S, 1/1000s, f2; – Kodacolor VR Plus 400 rated at ISO 100

I finally got around to sending the roll of Kodacolor VR Plus 400 film (believed to be at least 20 years out of date) I exposed on Expired Film Day 2021 away for processing and here are a couple of the images from that roll.

The local market town of Heanor isn’t the best place to look for colour images on a grey Monday morning but I did my best… 😀

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Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S, 1/125s, f5.6; – Kodacolor VR Plus 400 rated at ISO 100

Developed by AgLab and digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… A tree shades the goal…

A tree shades the goal…A tree shades the goal…
Nikkormat FT2, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/125, f16 – Ansco/Gaf Hypan 320 rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

A couple of years ago, as part of the Emulsive Secret Santa, I was sent a roll of 35mm film labelled ‘Hypan 320’ and I finally decided to shoot it on Expired Film Day last week.

I haven’t been able to find much out about this film other than it was likely to have been from a bulk roll of 1960s vintage, with the only exposure and developing advice I found suggesting exposing at ISO 200 and developing as per Ilford FP4 Plus and this is exactly what I did.

The development advice was spot on but the roll could’ve done with at least another stop of exposure… I’m pleased to get any image at all out of a roll of film so old though!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Sarah Ann

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Nikkormat FT2, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/125, f5.6 – Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

Another image from a roll that’s been sitting in a camera for months!

As an afterthought the last thing I packed for my trip to the Isle of Whithorn in October 2019 was an untested Nikkormat FT2 loaded with a roll of Kodak Tri-X (rated at ISO 200 by mistake).

When it came to (finally) developing the film I thought ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ and decided to use Adox Rodinal, a developer I’d never used before (a couple of people have expressed surprise at that fact!)

I’ve not shot much Tri-X so making comparisons is difficult but at first look I’m rather pleased with how this roll has turned out, with just the right amount of contrast and pleasant grain. It’ll be interesting to see how the roll of Tri-X (rated at ISO 400 this time) I’ve just finished compares…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

A stack of pancakes for Pancake Day!

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Nikon D5500, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX, 0.6s, f11, ISO 100

Physically thin, short barrelled lenses for single-lens reflex and mirrorless cameras are colloquially known as ‘Pancake’ lenses… for obvious reasons!

My collection is pictured above, from top to bottom we have the Minolta MD 45mm f/2, the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, the NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8P and the NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 AI-S.

I rather like the slightly wider view offered by the 40/45mm lenses and as can be seen in the image below (comparing the ‘pancake’ NIKKOR 50mm with the ‘standard’ NIKKOR 50mm) such lenses tend to be smaller and quite pocketable.

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Nikon D5500, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX, 1.3s, f11, ISO 100

Over the years I’ve used others… the Contax Tessar T* 45mm f/2.8, the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 and the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 but the ‘holy grail’ of such optics is definitely the Olympus Zuiko Auto-S 40mm f/2 for the OM system… I’d love to get my hands on one of those!

Single frame… ‘When the red, red robin comes bob-bob bobbin’ along…’

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Nikon D5500, Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD at 300mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 140

I’m not really a ‘twitcher’ (although I have just joined the RSPB) but photographing birds whilst out and about is proving to be very enjoyable and the acquisition of a Tamron SP 70-300mm lens for my wife’s Nikon D5500 has made doing so much easier…

Granted, so far a lot of my images are of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) but the UK’s favourite bird is incredibly numerous and not at all shy, making the capturing of images a breeze!