Good morning you war torn hardcore camera geeks! Just posted last night the latest (I don’t want to say last) installment of the “The Lonely Art Of Film Developing.”
As stated in the video, when I first thought of doing this, I just wanted to take you guys through the process, give people an idea of what a film developing session is like, for me at least.
The focus was not really to show you pretty results or anything, although the results are just a by product of this.
As you’ll see in the video, before I even thought of making the video, I was testing a Rolleiflex 3.5F with a 0.7x Mutar which is an add on lens that turns the 75mm lens of the 3.5F into a 55mm, or around 28 or 30mm in 35mm equivalent.
The goal was to see if this would work for me as a poor man’s Rollei Wide. The Rollei Wide is the Rolleiflex with the 55mm f/4 lens. The prices for these cameras are insane, like $3000-4000 insane! Like Crazy Eddie’s “Insane!!” 😀👍🏻
They have pretty much become collector’s items. In comparison my poor man’s version cost me $400 total.
I’ve read in many forums and discussions that the Mutar is junk, that it doesn’t get sharp until you stop it down to f/11 or f/16 even. But there were a few who said it was very good, fine even. Since opinions differ greatly, I wanted to find out for myself.
The above photo is a good example. I shot this probably at f/4 or 5.6. I definitely did not stop the lens down to f/11 or f/16.
Maybe I’m not as demanding as the $4000 Rollei collector but the sharpness is perfectly acceptable to me. Center sharpness is best but even corner sharpness is not bad. Sure it may not be a match for a $4000 Rollei Wide but the point here is that this is good enough for me! If you want to see the photo larger, just pinch the photo to enlarge it if you have a phone, tablet or smart computer.
The film was Ilford HP5 Plus developed in ID-11. This is one of the frames I developed in Part II of my video.
I still have some more testing to do with the 3.5F and Mutar but needless to say, it works for me! I’m happy with my poor man’s Rollei wide and as most of you know, you can’t get much better in photography than getting something good for cheap! 🙂
Also in this video I discuss a little bit of the basics you would need to get started in the fascinating world of black and white film developing.
To make it easier, here’s a list of the items you would need. Please understand, these are affiliate links. You pay nothing extra and I may get a few cents, maybe not even enough to buy a cup of coffee but every little bit helps the site to grow.
As always, thanks for reading and I truly appreciate your support!
LIST OF THINGS YOU NEED TO GET STARTED:
1) Patterson Tank https://amzn.to/3kstlBr
2) Kodak D76 Developer https://amzn.to/3kfJmue
3) HC-110 (Great Developer!) https://amzn.to/2T6PZTP
4) Kodak Rapid Fixer https://amzn.to/3m3Byw1
5) Kodak Photo Flo https://amzn.to/31qabEG