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01/19/2009 11:07:28 AM · #26
If your looking for aplace to develop and print i suggest trying "The whole picture online" fast service with free cd and free postage! nice stuff
01/19/2009 11:21:43 AM · #27
You may want to try shooting a shot or two with your digital camera to check exposure when you are shooting with the film camera. It may save you some film and developing costs. We used to do that with polaroid film before the digital age.
01/19/2009 11:46:58 AM · #28
I've always used Tri-X Pan 320. It's been around a really long and is such a great film. I don't know about labs, but if your going to be shooting a lot of medium format, consider doing your own developing. It's really easy, and you don't need a darkroom to develop film. If you develop your own film, then you can experiment with pushing and pulling development times and really play around to get a certain tonal range.

Seriously think about doing your own developing Barry, it will save you a ton of money if this is something you think you might take a shine to. Labs can be super expensive. This is an excellent book to get you started with your own developing.

ETA: goofy grammar

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01/19/2009 09:58:14 PM · #29
Developing the film yourself is not too difficult or overly expensive if you can find the materials and a developing tank. If you get the negatives, you can copy them to digital, and use a program to flip them to positive images, and save some on the processing.
01/19/2009 10:28:20 PM · #30
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Developing the film yourself is not too difficult or overly expensive if you can find the materials and a developing tank. If you get the negatives, you can copy them to digital, and use a program to flip them to positive images, and save some on the processing.


It really is pretty simple. If you get a film changing bag you won't need a darkroom. The changing bag is just a lightproof bag with two holes to slip your hands into. You can load the developing tank with the film, then remove it from the bag and develop it. The bags are in the $25 range for a good one.

You DO want a dustproof area to dry the film. But if you decide to go this route just do some reseacrh on developing b&w film. I used to shoot extensively with the Mamiya C-series cameras that used the 6x6 (2 1/4" x 2 1/4") 120/220 film. While my darkroom was light tight enough for developing prints, I would always load the film into the developing tank using a changing bag (film is a heck of a lot more sensitive than phto paper). It will feel a bit weird at first but it really is a "feel" thing. Very soon you will get the hang of it.

One thing I would suggest is to get a few of the cheapest rolls of 120 film you can find and practice in room light loading them (unexposed, of course!) onto the reel of the developing tank. That way you will become fasmilair visually with whay you are feeling inside of the changing bag.
01/19/2009 11:00:00 PM · #31
Lots of great advice here! Ah, makes me yearn for the days of developing my own b&w film!!
Sadly, Agfa quite producing 120 film. They made GREAT film.
Enjoy your new toy.!

01/19/2009 11:11:51 PM · #32
Originally posted by bergiekat:

Lots of great advice here! Ah, makes me yearn for the days of developing my own b&w film!!
Sadly, Agfa quite producing 120 film. They made GREAT film.
Enjoy your new toy.!


I used to trek around with my Mamiya C33 or C330 with Panatomic-X (ASA 32). Was shooting architecture, stautues in the Cambridge MA Mount Aubrun Cemetery (the countrie's largest "Garden Cemetery" - at least at that time). But I must say! The results were amazing.

Damn I wish I had those negs. In a fot of despair and frustration, I threw away all of my negs and prints over 30 years ago when, going commercial made me ultimately loath the hobby I most loved (yes - photography). I miss those images.
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