I have been toying with the idea of developing black and white film at home, the outlay is quite a bit (about £100) but in the long run I’ll save loads but I’ll need a decent 35mm neg scanner and the half decent ones go for over £100!
Really like the idea of using ‘alternative’ processing methods like using coffee but I’ll also use the proper ways, I just want to experiment and build upon my rather basic photography knowledge.
I know I have quite a bit to learn about all the different films and the vast range of looks and feel you can get from them as well as trying to fin the one that feels perfect for me.
Does anyone have any advice on the chemicals? Any hidden film gems?
The problem with film photography is the cost. I am on a rather tight budget and can only really use cheap films that are about £1 per roll and the cheapest place for me to get them developed is at my local boots and that costs £4.99 for 24exp and £5.99 for 36exp. I check eBay all the time to see if anyone is selling any film in bulk and I have come across some like 10 rolls of Tudor XLX 200 for £23 and 10 rolls of Solution VX 200 for £25. The problem with only buying the cheaper film is that it’s nearly always 200ISO or lower which is a bit crappy for the vast amount of grey days we have in the UK.
To go with the cheap films I use are the cheap cameras, most I have spent on one was £25 for a Lubitel with with a case, carry bag, light meter and some sort of weird side pistol grip that can hold a flash. Most of my cameras have been £15 and under nd I have found that the ones that give the best results have been under £5! My Konica Pop, Olympus SuperZoom and my BigView were all under £5 but the pictures that have come out have been stunning and that makes me wonder if I do actually need some of the more pricier 35mm cameras? Well I can can easily answer that and say no, I don’t need them but I wouldn’t say no if I had the chance to own one. I would love a LC-A, Diana F+and a Belair (all by Lomography) and I would love some nice old FED’s and a fisheye for my Zenits but these are all out of my price range for the time being so I will and do make do with what I have.
I will keep trudging along and enjoying what I use and chances are that when I do got something from my wishlist I will still enjoy using the cameras I started with.
The Fisheye Baby 110 Basic from Lomography is a tiny little toy camera that takes 110 film and currently Lomography is the only company that makes film of that size even tho you can still find some expired film on various sites.
It has a 170-degree lens, bulb mode (for long exposures) and is capable of multiple exposure straight out of the box.
I knew this was a small camera but it was not till I got my hands on it that I realised just how small it is! Im not joking when I say you can wear it as a necklace, it really is that small
See what I mean? There is it next to a normal 35mm film canister. Not only is it small but it’s also really light.
At the moment there is only 3 films being made for the 110 cameras and they are Colour Tiger, Lobster Redscale and B&W Orca. When I for it I opted for the Orca because I have never shot with black and white film before and thinking back maybe I should of gone for the colour film because most of my shots came out extremely under exposed but i’ll make that up as a lesson learnt .
Well I love it, we can blame this little camera for getting me hooked on film cameras and for making me want/need this cameras big brother (Lomography Fisheye 2) and a fisheye lens for my Zenits. It’s great for days out with friends and family because it’s so small you dont have to worry about it taking up too much space, just pop it round your neck or in your pocket! I must remember to get some films ready for summer 😉
So this is my first piece of post since starting on here. As you can see its some Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400…….in other words it’s 35mm camera film and yes people still shoot with film (shocking I know). It was a great little eBay find and only cost £10 including postage which is great because I have seen it going for about £3/£4 per roll. It is expired but only by one year and has been stored in a cool place but to be safe it’s gone straight into the film draw in our fridge. Can’t wait to give it a try but first I need to finish off the films in my Zenit’s.