A friend of mine @kris247photo got some Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 for her Lomo Fisheye 2 the other day, and I’ve persuaded her to let me try one of the films. I wont be using this in my Diana+ but rather my AE1-Program. It seems that some people think that the Lomo branded film is something special to be used with their cameras, but this roll is in fact based on the discontinued Agfa RSX 200 emulsion, and is therefore perfectly fine to use in any 35mm camera.
I’m really interested to see what type of shots it produces for two reasons. 1) the fact that this film will produce high levels of colour saturation giving that old style cross-process (hence X-Pro) feel that is very popular these days, and 2) it will produce slides and not standard negative prints. If like me, your experience of slide film might be having to sit through a slide show of your parents holiday snaps. So you might recall that these shots are not printed out, but are mounted in a small white case. These little cases will sit in a slide projector for the images to be beautifully beamed onto a wall or screen. Cool hey!
Once I’ve gone out a taken some shots, I’ll post some photos up soon.
So after my last post about the Diana+, I’ve now had a further problem with the very first film that I took. I posted the film off to Peak Imaging to get processed but they gave me a call to say that there had been huge amounts of light leaked onto the film. They still processed the film to check, but as they suspected every shot was worthless.
It appears that you have to make sure that the film is kept as tight as possible on the spools to minimise the possibility of light leaking in.
I should have probably watched this video first showing the best method to load it.
I’ve now taken two rolls of film on my Diana+, and put the first one in to get processed this week. Now the Diana+ uses 120 medium format film, opposed to the more common 35mm. This has a number of implications. For starters it is harder to find the film, and not many places process it. Then, as per my recent tweet, it’s also going to be pricey. The film is not too expensive to buy, as you can see at amazon.co.uk, the cost is pretty competitive to 35mm. However, you get far fewer exposures on 120, either 12, or 16. So already the cost per shot is more. Then there’s processing. I recently got a standard 36 exposure 35mm film processed and put straight to CD for only £7. Compare that to the £19 I’ve just spent on getting 16 120 exposures processed, printed and put to CD, and you quickly realise that shooting with the Diana+ is going to be an expensive hobby, particularly when you consider the whole Lomography movement is about low-fi fun.
Looks like the folks at Lomography might be aware that 120 is not that suitable for the Diana+ as I’ve just spotted that you can get aLomo Diana 35mm Back adapter that replaces the original back of the camera that then allows you to load and shoot standard 35mm film. Problem solved.
I used to use Moor Street Station in Birmingham as part of my daily commute to and from work. It is by far the most aesthetic train station in Birmingham and has kept many of it’s original features and character.
On my way back from work one night, I had some time to wait for my train, so took some shots with my Canon AE-1 Program.
As it was really dark I swapped to my 50mm lens so that I could take advantage of the large f/1.8 aperture and get some much needed light onto the film, particularly as I don’t have a tripod.
There is a lot of grain in the images as I was shooting with a 200 ISO film, but I think, as often is the case, it just adds a nice feel to the images.
Picked up my films last night of the first shots I’d taken on my AE-1 Program. I’ve not really shot with 35mm before so this was good fun, and I loved the anticipation of waiting to see what sorts of photos I’d taken; and the verdict? Well I’m happy.
Firstly it’s nice to see that the camera and lens actually work, as at times I thought the shutter sounded exceedingly slow. I love the colours which are quite soft, and perhaps with a nice hint of green. There’s also a really nice grain in some of the more darker shots, which I really like, as it gives the shot a real vintage feel.
The films I used were a couple of Jessop’s 200 ISO, and were 3 years past their best before date! Now that I know the camera and lens are in good working order, I’m going to get a few more interesting films, not least a nice B&W.
Anyway, I’ve embedded a few shots below, so let me know what you think.