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09-29-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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Where can i order hi speed BW film

My older brother recently gave me his ME Super. Its in excellent condition and everything functions fine. Its fun to use but I often forget to wind it. I'll post some pics from my first roll down below. In my area on the olympic peninsula, Bremerton, WA, i've not been able to find any BW film higher than 400 asa in local shops. I'd like some really fast BW film like 1600 and 3200. I've shot my K20 digital in dark areas using up to 6400 iso and of course the noise is pretty ugly.
I live close to Seattle by ferry, any still great outlets there?
For developing, can i rely on the local Costco or should i look for a developing shop in Seattle?
Also, when i push a film's speed, how does that work. If i push 800 ASA film to 3200, do i just advance to +4x on the circular rim for the asa speed?
Any help would be much appreciated!! thank you


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09-29-2010, 02:03 AM   #2
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Places to buy higher ISO/ASA film would be Adorama or B&H.

Here's Fujifilm 1600 @ B&H
Fujifilm Neopan-1600 135-36 Professional Black & 10348579 -

Looking at the camera review here, the ASA rating only goes to 1600. So you couldn't set it for 3200. Did you get the manual with the camera?

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09-29-2010, 03:22 AM   #3
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Freestyle has the Ilford Delta Pro 3200, Fuji Neopan 1600, and Kodak Tmax 3200
Search Results - Freestyle Photographic Supplies

I just checked my ME super, 1600 is the max ISO and at that point there's no - EV adjustment possible, so that's the max metered speed. The 3200 speed films probably would be OK at 1600; however, you can meter at 1600 in manual exposure mode and then subtract 1 stop more to get 3200.


Phil, these films are traditional B&W and so it is unlikely Costco can develop. You'd have to find a traditional camera shop or similar to develop this kind of film, or of course learn to develop it yourself (it is easy!)...

On pushing, yes, changing the EV compensation would work, but the best way is to simply set the ISO to the speed you need. But with pushing, whether color or b&w, you're back to the specialist developing shop and you'll be paying extra for them to do push.

An alternative- Kodak and Fuji make ISO 800 color print film that is pretty good and can be developed at Costco.
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The camera dial only goes to 1600
you have to manually underexpose 1 to get to 3200 but can be done.
Get some Delta 3200 from Adorama, Freestyle or B&H and play with it.

PS. Manual for the camera here

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Finding some place to develop your BW film was not very common 25 years ago; it's even more difficult now. Like Nesster said, you can do it yourself pretty easy and really that's the way to go for BW but now you'd need to get a scanner. So it now becomes more of a commitment both financially and to the medium.

I take it you need the the high ASA film for handhold shutter speeds opposed to using a tripod and a slower shutter?
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Wow, thanks for all the help...

Photolady, Nesster, Tritisol,Tuco,
This is exactly the information i wanted. I think i'll start with the 1600BW fuji film, lot cheaper than the 3200 iso variety. I'm no stranger to a tripod, but I have to handhold for an old steel bridge that i like to take street pictures from in the evening. it vibrates so much when the cars cross it. I have one more year to get pictures on this bridge because they are building its replacement next to it as i write :-(

Thanks also for the manual, e.g. i found out that i wasn't loading the film correctly. "if all else fails, read the manual" i guess :-)

I have a scanner thats a few years old and it might do the trick. It would be a lot of fun to develop my own film - seems like i saw a post about something like that from tuco. I belong to a photo club in Port Townsend, and there's a guy there still only does film. I bet he'd probably help me if i have problems with it.

Tuco - looked at your pictures in the gallery - excellent work - the abandon ship image was my favorite, but they were all consistently at a high level.

Thanks again, Phil
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If you decide to start developing by your self you can get some pretty amazing results when pushing Tri-X and stand developing it in Rodinal. I'll post some examples below. I also did some prints from this roll and I cannot for the world imagine that the are shot at 6400.

Why has flickr downsized my pics from large to medium after the site changes btw? any ideas?

If you want larger pics to examine I can post some full res pics.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Jimfear Quote
If you decide to start developing by your self you can get some pretty amazing results when pushing Tri-X and stand developing it in Rodinal.
I just shot a roll of 400TX at EI1600 that is waiting to be developed that way.

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Why has flickr downsized my pics from large to medium after the site changes btw? any ideas?
In Flickr, grab the original size BB code to cut/paste here and change the [img] tag to [imgwide]

Here is a shot of 100 Acros accidentally shot 6 stop under exposed (forgot to put the camera on bulb) making it EI6400 developed with semi-stand in Rodinal. The green filter darken this red car to black but would have been more interesting to see it without the green filter. I think a hour long stand with a little more agitation would produced a denser negative. I may have to experiment with that. There is not much grain for such a large push you often get.




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QuoteOriginally posted by philbaum Quote
I live close to Seattle by ferry, any still great outlets there?
For developing, can i rely on the local Costco or should i look for a developing shop in Seattle?
You should be able to get Neopan 1600 or Ilford Delta 3200 from Glazer's camera supply in Seattle. Call first, sometimes they have stuff in stock even when their web site indicates that they do not.

I'd suggest Panda Lab in Seattle for processing (if you don't want to start DIY processing right away).
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