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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-03-2022, 11:29 PM  
Game Daily in August 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 26
Views: 644
That's brilliant. Well done :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-31-2022, 11:30 PM  
Game Daily in August 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 26
Views: 644
My SP1000 developed a fault. I ended up with six images lol. The joys of a film sic
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-31-2022, 02:29 PM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
I bought the Pentax SMC FA 50mm f1.4 as retail therapy after breaking my 40mm limited. Opinions are mixed but I have absolutely loved using this lens. As its an FA on APSC I can't tell if it has distortion or not. Wide open it is a little soft but not so much as to spoil my enjoyment. My favourite image of the month was shot wide open and on the K3 which I switched to for the last week. Its been great fun.

PKK37133 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

PKKP0827 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

PKKP0674 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

PKKP0606 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

PKKP0499 by Peter Kay, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-31-2022, 03:40 AM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
Well, the film sic was a failure! It looks like the spotmatic I was using developed a fault early on. I have maybe 12 shots from the month ***grumble grumble grumble***
Forum: General Talk 07-27-2022, 11:32 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 25,512
Views: 1,928,552
Wow its all about film today :) hopefully today I am going to get a 100ft roll of ilford xp2 super. It expired in 2020 but is still as good as new and I paid 55! Its 102 on ilford website :) so that's 26x24 exposures at just over 2 per roll! What a bargain
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 02:32 PM  
Liquid vs. powder chems, which are better? + is Foma the cheapest?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 28
Views: 819
@Alex645 looks like we were essay writing at the same time lolol
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 02:24 PM  
Liquid vs. powder chems, which are better? + is Foma the cheapest?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 28
Views: 819
If you intend to keep shooting film, bulk loading is excellent, but only if you can get a good deal on film. I have four! One with foma200 (a brilliant and inexpensive film, best shot at 125 and developed as if it was shot at 200) one will have ilford XP2, 400, when it arrives, one has some very expired ilford FP4 and one with 17m of equally expired Orwo NP27. The initial outlay for a bulk loader and bulk film is quite high but it pays for itself over time. A 17m roll will give you about 10 rolls of 36 exposures which means you are paying 2.50 per roll. You can also make up short rolls of say ten exposures if you want to test a camera or a developer. The problem is bulk film is getting expensive. Ilford are charging 110 for a 30m roll which works out at 5.50 per roll. Not much of a saving. Rollei films can be bought for a lot less so it still makes sense but be sure you are going to stick with film before you buy a bulk loader. The way they work is
1) load the bulk film into a loader in a darkroom or dark bag.
2) once loaded you can load your individual spools in daylight. For this you can either buy reloadable canisters or you can reuse film canisters provided there is a bit of film sticking out
3) when the film is in the loader, a small piece is accessible, normally under a flap. You fasten the film to the spool or protruding bit of film in a canister, place it in the loader, close the lids then you can wind as much film into the canister as you want.
4) once loaded, open the loader and cut the film. Cut a leader and go out and shoot.

There are plenty of YouTube videos demonstrating the process.

If you think you may be bulk loading it may be worth saving canisters. When you load your film onto your developing spool (in your dark bag or dark room) rather than cracking the top off and ruining the canister, think about loading it on to the spool directly from the canister. Once it is on the developing spool cut the film with scissors about 3cm from the canister. You will then have something to attach the new film to, should you get a bulk loader. Good luck :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 12:47 PM  
Cross Processed experiment by a rookie.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 22
Views: 1,959
Aaah OK, I think I am getting it :) I understand the basics of the process but chemical reactions, in fact chemistry as a whole is a mystery to me. Its a shame you aren't local. I could spin you up a roll. It will be interesting to see the results. The price I paid is similar to that of foma400 which I don't love. I have shot xp2 and had it developed in c41, its a really nice film, nicer IMO than HP5+ in fact it is one of three 400s that I really like, the others being Delta and Rollei Retro 400s, so if I can recreate the c41 quality I will be over the moon :) here's hoping. I am very encouraged by the images in this thread :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 11:53 AM  
Cross Processed experiment by a rookie.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 22
Views: 1,959
Yeah. One or two of the guys on other forums mentioned that the process was incomplete and long term storage of negatives is an issue. From my own perspective, I don't tend to keep negatives once I have checked the scans so longer (or mid) term degradation isn't an issue for me. It could be that I don't like the results in any B&W chems, in which case I will invest in c41, but I have seen some lovely results and I am hoping I get nice image quality. And if I do, then 55 for 100ft of XP2 is a steal :)

One thing that is interesting, my friend developed XP2 in caffeinol six years ago and his negatives are as good as the day they were developed. I wonder if there is something in caffeinol that fixes the dyes
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 11:35 AM  
Liquid vs. powder chems, which are better? + is Foma the cheapest?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 28
Views: 819
Welcome to the rabbit hole we are tumbling down :) I have used ID-11 (powder) HC110, Rodinal (liquid Chem) and caffeinol (yup, its coffee :) ). All are really easy to use with great results. The problem is ID-11 goes off whereas HC110 and rodinal last for years. Hc110 is a nice, low grain developer whereas rodinal is very sharp if a bit grainy. Both these developers are produced by different companies so it is possible to get smaller bottles, allowing you to play. 250ml will do 25+ rolls :) the massive dev chart is the go to place for recipes, and if you download the app it has a timer which walks you through the whole process.

Re caffeinol, its a mixture of cheap and nasty coffee, washing soda, vitamin c powder and bromide/iodized salt that smells like a fish tank, but develops film chemical free. Instructions and background can be found in a free PDF called The Caffenol Cookbook
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-27-2022, 01:28 AM  
Cross Processed experiment by a rookie.
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 22
Views: 1,959
There is a guy on eBay uk selling bulk rolls of XP2 that expired in 2020 but were cold stored and have lost no sensitivity. They are 55, XP2 on ilfords site is 102 so its a steal. My plan is to try HC110, rodders and ID-11. That's the lovely thing about (and the fun of) bulk loading, I can do short rolls, not economical long term but great for testing. I will post when I have images.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-25-2022, 01:10 AM  
Game Daily in August 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 26
Views: 644
What film? I have a bulk loader (actually I have four lol), in it is Fomapan 200. The lovely thing about bulk loaders is you can make short rolls and fiddle about testing stuff. I did three short films on saturday, all Foma200
1) Shot at 125 & developed at box in ID11
2) Shot at 200 & developed at box in ID11
3) shot at 125 & developed at box in Rodinal 1:25
And last week, 4) Orwo NP27 400 expired in 1991, shot at 100 & developed in HC110
I did a single film in this month using Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow (a cool name for repackaged Kentmere 400), just a few days to go on that. I have ended up carrying three cameras round with me but I have to say it is so much fun. I can't wait to see what you got from the ME :)
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-25-2022, 12:13 AM  
Bulk loader weight & film remaining
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 0
Views: 243
I picked up an Alden 74 with film in. I wanted to know how much film but the dials weren't much help (some don't even have them) so I thought about weight. Film is 2g per foot, give or take (they are all different), spools are 5-7g so once you have the weight of the loader you can get to within a foot or two, so I compiled a list

Watson 100 - 326g

Alden 74 - 593

Computrol/Rowi - 367g

Lloyd's - 353g

Bobinquick/AP/Jessop - 302g
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2022, 12:53 AM  
Game Daily in August 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 26
Views: 644
Yeah, I am in :) I need to get shooting a mixture of cameras and lenses. I love the sic but I need to release the shackles for a month or two
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2022, 08:44 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 25,512
Views: 1,928,552
C41 films are all well and good, but ifyou are going to do film, and you will, its shockingly addictive, you need to get the equipment and develop in caffeinol :)
Footnote: as the main ingredient in caffeinol is coffee, why does the mixture smell like an unloved fish tank?
Forum: General Photography 07-16-2022, 11:42 PM  
Is Your Camera Your "BELOVED"?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 73
Views: 3,405
I am extremely attached to my KP and I love using it but it is over egging it. Its often used sarcastically here "the town planners, beloved by so many..." But that wouldn't fit either. I think I will go with @Paulh s definition as I would definitely react like gollum if anyone tried to take my precious KP.

Re, words that have been killed for me, "Awesome" Everest is awesome, travelling 1000 miles in a wheelchair for charity is awesome, posting a letter or having a long awaited bodily function isn't. Sorry, I expect it now from Kardashians but it winds me up when English people try to be American, and don't get me started on middle class boys from Leicestershire talking Gangsta lol

Kind Regards
Peter
Curmudgeon in Chief for the parish of Throbmorton in the Wolds
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-16-2022, 12:05 AM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
Well, the FA50mm f1.4 was, in part, something to soften the blow of losing my 40mm limited and it has performed so well that I don't miss that lens at all. Bearing in mind this is a cheap fast 50 (120) I have found it to be sharp, the oof bokeh is nice although the bokegons are a bit clunky, focusing is fast and accurate, colour render is really good and I have seen little fringing, its small and light and frankly, quite excellent. It lacks that extra je ne sais quoi that the limiteds, particularly the 15, 21 & 20-40 have, but its still tremendous. So, yeah, a good month so far.

I haven't been commenting, huge apologies but lately there aren't enough hours in the day. Blame it on my obsession with film.

This month I am also using the sic to learn Photoshop. Boy have I overdeveloped some images lolol

I am also doing a film sic with my spotmatic SP1000, my Takumar 35mm f3.5 and a roll of Agent Shadow (cool name for repackaged Kentmere 400). Whilst I don't have a clue as to whether any shots are up to the mark, it is really good because, like Mikey Floyd, I have one shot per day so have to try and make it a belter :)

I am quite surprised about Keith's ( @Minimonster) opinion of the DA* 55mm f1.4, having said that, I don't think it sings for everyone. It was top of my wish list and is still high up but the SDM worries me a bit too so it has been replaced by the FA43mm limited. It'll be interesting to see where and why you feel it failed.
Forum: General Talk 07-13-2022, 03:11 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 25,512
Views: 1,928,552
17m of Orwo NP27 400iso expired in 1992 for 22. i shot some test frames at 200 and they were very thin but recoverable. next roll will be shot at 100 :)
PKKP0754 by Peter Kay, on Flickr
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-10-2022, 02:08 PM  
Should I fix my 40?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 57
Views: 1,906
The 40mm raised 40 :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2022, 12:14 AM  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 29: Focus Point Size
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 17
Views: 1,037
Utterly brilliant. The tips are a great reminder for those of us who have been shooting for a while and the way you present them, well, it is such an enjoyable read :) I feel quite bucked up, as opposed to a similar phrase that would get be suspended ..... again
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2022, 11:32 PM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
That's what I am expecting :)

---------- Post added 06-07-22 at 11:47 PM ----------



Some people don't realise how invested and attached we become. I feel sorry for them because they havent experienced it
He is on chicken and rice and extra cuddles, he loves it :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2022, 12:23 AM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
Thanks for that Mike. He has perked up a fair bit and is enjoying life a bit more. He won't leave the red zone because he is fifteen but we are watching him like a hawk to make sure he isn't suffering in any way. When its time, I will be holding him when he goes although just the thought of that does me in. Dogs grow up with us, support and communicate with us. They are intelligent and empathic. They make us get up and out :) most of my images were taken on walkies and he made me go to places I wouldn't have seen. I think anyone who doesn't understand that a dog is a valid household member and alternative to a child just isn't thinking about it hard enough. It doesn't look like we will get grand children so grand doggies will have to do, and they do...do :) as for our next hairy child, we are saying never again, but we are dog people. I just know a hairy whackadoodle will need some love and we will sign up for another ten years, although Bailey will be a very hard act to follow.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-05-2022, 02:19 AM  
Should I fix my 40?
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 57
Views: 1,906
Well, I bought an smc fa 50mm f1.4 from MPB and I am delighted with it, I paid 119 and am sic'ing it at the moment. I haven't found the softness to be a major issue so far but stopped down it is blowing me away. The 43mm will come, you have convinced me :) as will the DA* 55, although the SDM concerns me on that one, but for now the low budget option has made me quite forget the 40mm (which is currently on eBay for 30)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-04-2022, 11:40 PM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
Hahahaha estoy European totalmente y permanentemente tambien :) ..... *Section deleted to avoid "Politics"!* yeah, the jubilee was very good (Rod Stewarts rendition of sweet Caroline aside)

---------- Post added 04-07-22 at 11:50 PM ----------

Yesterday we made the appointment to have Bailey pts. We have cancelled it because we are not ready. He is firmly in the red zone but we just can't let him go, yet! How do people who have had a number of dogs go through this every time! Anyway, when I posted yesterday I meant to add this supplementary picture of the Saxon church just below the headland (most of you have seen It before but it is too epic not to photograph.) @Riggomatic mentioned expecting to see an ancient ship sailing into the bay, well there are viking graves in this churchyard, it really is that old.

PKKP0499 by Peter Kay, on Flickr

Thanks for the lovely comments on the image. They are always massively appreciated. I am going to comment more. I know I keep saying this but I am! I love the shots on here. The image quality from concept, through composition to the finished image really is first rate.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-04-2022, 07:53 AM  
Game Single in July 2022
Posted By Cerebum
Replies: 146
Views: 2,966
Yeah, the horrible mess we are in is wholly of our own making :)
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