Posted on October 8, 2013
I used to shoot a lot of slide film, I have boxes of plastic trays filled with mounted 35mm slides, hundreds of trays, thousands of slides. But nobody really shoots it anymore, most photographers don’t see the point…I don’t see the point, to be honest. 10 years ago you could buy dozens of different slide emulations, in 35mm, 120 and large format, but most manufacturers have cut production back to only a handful of films, or like Kodak, stopped production all together.
Slide film, or colour reversal film, is even more of a niche product than standard colour negative film these days — its primary uses are in projectors and professional print work, though more recently it’s been popular with lo-fi photographers who use it for cross-processing. I don’t know many photographers that shoot slide film.
Anyway, I decided to have one last play with slide film, and before departing to France a couple of weeks ago I ordered a roll of slightly out of date Fuji Provia 400X off Amazon. Yes, A roll, as in one, singular – at £11 I wasn’t going to invest in more than one roll on something that was little more than a romantic glimpse into the past.
I shot the roll using an Olympus OM1 (which I accidentally discovered was capable of multiple exposures) and mailed the film to Peak Imaging. The developed film and a disc of high res’ scans was waiting for me on my return. These are some of the results.
Posted on May 5, 2013
I’m having a love/hate relationship with a Fuji X-Pro1 digital camera & 35mm 1.4 lens. Most of the hates are minor – the exposure compensation dial is very easy the knock out, but I solved that the way I do with a lot other other loose dials – gaffer tape. All the other hates are so minor I can’t even remember what they are…?…anyway, the BIG negative – the focusing. I did the 2.03 firmware update yesterday, the one that, and I’ll quote Fuji, “Much improves accuracy of auto focus performance under various shooting conditions”.
Well, well-done Fuji, I have no idea how you managed it, but you have actually made the autofocus slower and less accurate. Good job.
I think I was well on the road to giving-up on this quirky little camera, until last night – I took it to the pub and took a few snap-shots of friends. The low light picture quality is AMAZING. All the images here were taken at 3200 ISO, which is incredible. The colour shots are as they came out of the camera. The black and white shots were converted using Silver Efex Pro 2 (I’ve got 3 mono converters on trial at the minute – Silver Efex, Alien Skin and DxO)
For any photojournalist looking for a reasonably priced, discreet digital camera, I’d say the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is pretty close to perfect.
Posted on January 19, 2012
I haven’t used a 35mm camera for a while, when I’m shooting film I shoot medium format. A couple of weeks ago I borrowed a Nikon FM3a camera, it’s a beautiful piece of kit. I only managed to shoot a couple of rolls before I had to give the camera back to Simon Campbell, the new and rightful owner (Simon has just been sucked into the addictive world of film photography)