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First film trip after 15 years. A week in Bayern for a full immersion into Film Photography. Stay Tuned! ūüėÄ

Back to the past: Olympus OM 10 & Efke Kb 100 Test

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This time, a (rare) good deal found on a market stall, took me back in time to the year 1980 … In fact, I bought then an Olympus OM 10, with its manual adapter and standard 50 mm Zuiko lens. But, being a penniless student, I could not afford more Zuiko lenses, so I got a 28mm (can’t remember the brand) vignetting like an..Holga! But this time, the OM 10 came with¬†its Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 and also with¬†a Zuiko 28mm f/2.8. All in perfect condition. Since I had to test a roll of Efke KB 100 expired recently … what better opportunity to take a dip into the past?

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Holga: First Contact

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Just some shots from my first Holga 120 GN roll. I experienced a problem loading the reel but….. isn’t Lomography based on unexpected..? ūüėČ

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Someting Different: Helios 44M 4 Digital Bokeh Test

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For one time, I make a transgression in this blog devoted entirely to analog. But it is not so strange, because the passion for vintage photographic gears leads, inevitably, to accumulate lenses, thanks to appropriate adapter, can also be used on digital cameras, taking advantage of some positive features . One of these is the Bokeh, which is the practical result of the reduced depth of field (D.O.F.)  using wide apertures.

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My Tri-x is back…. and Jupiter 12 works well!

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The previous time I used the Kodak Tri-x in 35mm format I was quite unhappy with the results. But, as the most attentive readers of this blog already know, I have promised to do a new test soon, changing some key parameters. The results were as expected, and I “discovered” again the performance which are used to, notwithstanding the obvious differences between the 120 and the 35mm format in terms of grain.

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Ilford Xp2 Super 400 in Ars-Imago Fd developer – First Test

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Surely, many fans consider the ¬†XP2 Super an excellent¬†film. High sensitivity, fine grain and good tonal scale are the reasons for its success. There’s only one small problem: it is designed to be developed with C-41. The same process used to develop color films. In recent years, however, after the explosion of digital, the laboratories¬†that dealt with these films have gradually disappearing and often, those who want to use them, must resign themselves to send the rolls of exposed films¬†to other cities (with consequently higher costs and waiting times), or to develop by themselves.

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Zenit 11 & Rollei Rpx 25 in Ars-Imago Fd First Test

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Another Soviet camera: the¬†Zenit 11, another film: the Rollei Rpx 25. As usual, I do too many things together but, the pleasure of trying new things, and the need not to overstretch the times, forces me to concentrate several elements in a single test. Let’s¬†start from the camera: mine is really in very good condition … it looks almost mint¬†and I got it for few bucks. She comes¬†with the standard lens (later joined by a Pentacon 29mm f/2.8) Helios 44M 4 58mm f 2 and an uncoupled selenium light meter , apparently still working well.

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