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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-12-2019, 08:31 AM  
First Film in Years - expensive though
Posted By Vendee
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Obviously that's the choice you have to make but I don't think the shot you posted would have looked so nice if it was shot digitally. You paid top money for your processing but to be fair, they did a very good job with no dust/scratches on the scan.

I reckon 50 would buy the gear/chemicals you will need to develop and 160 will buy a reasonable scanner. It would pay for itself after nine rolls and I personally find it enjoyable. The only thing to watch out for when printing out your scanned prints is that most inkjets give a slight colour cast on b&w prints. That's why went down the darkroom route.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-12-2019, 02:52 AM  
First Film in Years - expensive though
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 16
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That's a nice shot and obviously film. Yes you can apply photoshop filters to get a film effect but its not as good as the real thing. 24 is quite steep. For not much more than that you can buy a changing bag, tank, thermometer and chemicals to do it yourself. Obviously a scanner will cost a bit more but those 24 rolls will add up quickly. You can do your developing quite easily in a small bathroom or kitchen and it really isn't difficult. If you want to make proper prints rather than scans then you will need a proper darkroom but the prints look much better than inkjet prints or looking at them on a monitor. Good choice of film with the FP4. Its my favourite film now.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-10-2019, 03:37 AM  
Film developing 101
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 31
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The rinsing and drying of your developed film is almost as important in my opinion. If you live in a hard water area then the water will leave white marks on your negs so using demineralised water for the final rinse prevents that. When drying your negs, there is so much dust in the air that you can't see but it will certainly stick to the wet negs. Your scans or prints will look terrible. I always dry my film in the bathroom after having a steamy shower running for a few minutes. The steam takes most of the dust out of the air.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-07-2019, 04:12 AM  
Need help with Pentax ME Super
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 21
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I agree with you 100%. He should have started a new thread but not everyone is as forum-savvy as we are :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-07-2019, 02:37 AM  
Need help with Pentax ME Super
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 21
Views: 1,688
Perhaps we should cut the guy some slack. I've been a "Forum Warrior" since 1992, initially on Usenet text forums in the days before www and then web forums when they caught on. I'm a member of dozens of them on many different subjects. I know not to post to a old, dormant thread but there are people out there who don't live in the Internet and don't know the "etiquette".

I will say one thing though. Of all the forums I subscribe to, this is by far the most polite, civilised and easy going one. People seem respectful and there is no sign of the heavy handed and oppressive moderation that you see on some forums. Admittedly, I only frequent the bits of Pentaxforums concerned with analogue photography but I've no reason to doubt that all sections of this forum are just as pleasant. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 02:21 PM  
Fuji hiking film prices 30% April 1st (no fooling)
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I've got 2 rolls of Acros left in 35mm and 1 roll in 120. I don't think I would want to pay 10.50 for it. I'd rather buy 2 rolls of something else.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 01:40 AM  
Fuji hiking film prices 30% April 1st (no fooling)
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I prefer Ilford and Kodak but I do miss Neopan 400 and 1600.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 01:49 PM  
Fuji hiking film prices 30% April 1st (no fooling)
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They have been killing off product lines and now they plan raising prices by a silly amount. I can see them out of the film market completely in 5-10 years.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-10-2019, 03:53 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Vendee
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Love the live mannequins... well done to them.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-07-2019, 03:23 PM  
Ilford Simplicity
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I don't think it will catch on. For one thing, you will need to have purchased a dev tank, reel, changing bag and thermometer so why buy chemicals for only two films?

You can buy a 250ml bottle of rodinal and a 500ml bottle of fixer for the same price as this starter kit. Just add some cheap stop-bath and you have got enough to develop 20+ rolls. You can pick up some Ilfotol or Photo-Flo later.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-03-2019, 02:01 PM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 57
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I have a Canon EOS 3 which is quite a bit more advanced. It has a custom function which leaves the leader out.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-26-2019, 05:15 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Vendee
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The crop did look better, mainly because it got rid of the grainy sky. Shame it lost the lower legs of the foreground couple :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2019, 06:49 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Vendee
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Hammersmith flyover, London.
ME Super, K35 f/3.5, FP4+ in Rodinal.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2019, 03:01 AM  
Can't recommend Eric any longer
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 71
Views: 6,689
Having a potentially defective camera loaded with film is no good to anybody. You should fire off the remainder of the roll (banging the base between shots if you like) and have it developed to see if the banging has cured the problem. Once the film is out you will be able to wind and fire the camera while checking the shutter is operating correctly.

If you really don't want to waste the roll of film, make a note of the current frame, rewind the film (but keep the leader out) then refit the film and advance just past the original frame.... obviously keeping the lens cap on while doing this.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 10:55 AM  
Pentax ME Super only firing at 125 (I think)
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 8
Views: 521
They are quite easy to take apart but difficult to reassemble correctly and I'm speaking from experience. The problem is identifying the fault with the circuit board once you have stripped it down. You might be lucky and find a wire which has become detached or you might spot a dry solder joint but without good electronic/soldering skills, you will struggle.

There are a couple of places in the UK where you can get it repaired but you would be looking at around 100 (including a service) which I suspect will be too much for you. Perhaps it would be better to spend 20-30 for one in working order and keep the other one for spares. Did your one come with a "decent" lens?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-25-2018, 01:56 AM  
60 year old B&W undeveloped film discovered -help?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 10
Views: 732
Thanks for getting back to us. The subject matter would indicate that your film was 70 years old so the results are pretty remarkable I think.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2018, 10:28 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 8,103
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What were their production issues? I know Ferrania were having production issues. I've got a few rolls of Bergger Pancro in 35mm. It is grainy but I don't think its too bad. I've got one roll in 120 but haven't got round to trying it yet.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2018, 02:33 AM  
CLA in the UK
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 18
Views: 1,228
Right....... prompted by your reply, I went to the Harrow Technical website and found that Robin is still doing repair work (presumably) from his own home now. Thanks for the info.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-08-2018, 01:55 AM  
Clayton F76!
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 33
Views: 2,331
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-19-2018, 11:40 AM  
Looking for a liquid film dev. with results like D-76?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 105
Views: 3,040
I never use a squeegee. Its so easy to scratch your negs. I do my final rinse in demineralised water with 1-2 ml of photo-flo which helps the water just run off. I also try not to let my film hang dead vertically. I have a metal clip on the bottom of the film to keep the film in tension. I tie some sting to this clip and pull it in such a way that it imparts about 30 degrees of angle to the whole strip. This encourages water to run towards the sprocket holes rather than all the way down the roll from frame 36 to frame 1.

Although I develop my film in my darkroom, I hang the film in a steamy bathroom which keeps the negs 95% dust free.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-19-2018, 05:41 AM  
Looking for a liquid film dev. with results like D-76?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 105
Views: 3,040
That's what I do. I live in a hard water area and using distilled or demineralised water for the final rinse solves the issue completely. I even use it for the final rinse of my wet prints and I find that helps a little but for negatives, its vital because any water spots get magnified in scanning or wet printing.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-14-2018, 07:49 AM  
Concert tonight, Tri-X... what EI?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 33
Views: 1,049
The Canon EOS 3 is like that. You can also set a fast or slow rewind and can chose to leave the leader in or out on rewind.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-13-2018, 11:50 AM  
Concert tonight, Tri-X... what EI?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 33
Views: 1,049
Just gone through some of my negs of concerts I've shot at. First one is Tmax @ 800 and the second is Delta 3200@1600. It would have been my ME Super with M50 f1.7 lens. I found it best to pre-focus on a spot then hold my camera up above the heads, shoot and hope for the best :lol:



Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-11-2018, 07:34 AM  
K1000 lapel pin
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 15
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I don't think I've ever worn cufflinks but if I did.... it would be those ones :cool:
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-06-2018, 11:47 PM  
Looking for a liquid film dev. with results like D-76?
Posted By Vendee
Replies: 105
Views: 3,040
I keep my D-76 in bottles like that. They reckon in will keep up to 6 months but I limit mine to 4 months.
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