Announcement Rollup July 13th, 2018

CineStill Announces Df96 Monobath Developer 

About a month ago CineStill film announced a new monobath developer that they are calling Df96. At 80 °F (26 °C), with constant agitation it takes only 3:00 minutes to develop a roll of film and achieve an archival fix. The good folks over at CineStill have been working on Df96 for over two years, tweaking the formula. Df96 is supposed to work best with cubic grain films like Kodak’s classic emulsion Tri-X. 

We will be testing out Df96 when it arrives here, soon. 

Analogue Wonderland Has Multiple Announcements 

Today Analogue Wonderland launched a new brand of 35mm color negative films called Yodica. These films look to be similar to films like Revolog Kolor and Kono Colour where you never know what you will get until you develop it.  

Analogue Wonderland also announced that they will begin shipping to North America. Shipping will be about $14.00 USD or $17.00 CAD depending on the current exchange rates, with delivery in 7-10 business days.  

New 620 Films at B.R.T. Co. and More 

We just got a new emulsion in stock here at Through The Lens/Burning River Trade Co. We will be re-spooling some Kodak TMAX 400 as soon as we receive our next batch of 620 film spools. We will also be restocking on all of the other 620 films that we offer. We should have all this up in about a week. 

Unfortunately on Monday our prices will be going up to account for the increased sellers fees from Etsy. There will be an increase of about $0.50 USD per roll of film. 

We are also working on starting up a small lab where we will hand process your film. We will be starting with Black & White 35mm and 120 film. We will be using Rodinal as our developer with Ilford Rapid Fixer and will be providing scans on DVD or SD card. We are looking at costs of $8.00 to develop only and $18.00 for develop and scan to DVD. Scan to SD will be an additional cost, we are still looking for a vendor of SD cards. 

I also am working on posts covering caffenol-c and some intro to photography/cinematography. 

Update on Ektachrome

Yesterday while checking out what was new in the #FilmJune hashtag on twitter I stumbled upon an update from Kodak on Ektachrome. Finally they threw us the tiniest of bones on the much anticipated return of Ektachrome.

So let’s look at the Instagram version of the post, since that one has more than just the Macbeth Chart chips. When looking at the images of the Macbeth chart the first thing I notice is that the colors seem off and that there seems to be some pixilation on the edges of the color chips. This is causing me to wonder whether or not these are high enough quality scans to be making judgements on the quality of the images.

Now I will say that the color in the other images is beautiful. I am very pleased with what I am seeing. However the image of the can of soup has a lot of pixilation and has some color artifacts from the digitization process that are horrendous.

Kodak, please provide us with some better quality scans of these photos so that we can properly critique these images.

Leica M7 Takes Its Final Bow

As I was surfing through some photography blogs this morning I had noticed some more sad news. Leica announced this week that they have ceased production of the M7 rangefinder. Unlike Canon, Leica still has two other film cameras available, the MP and M-A available for sale, so all is not lost.  This is a troubling trend as film is starting to make a comeback as more and more younger people make the switch back to analog photography or pick it up for the first time.

Let’s hope that this trend of discontinuing film cameras comes to an end as the field of film photography starts growing again. Though we should all limit our expectations on what we can expect as film will probably never be as dominant as it was.

Another One Bites The Dust

Canon stops selling film cameras.

Yesterday, Canon announced that they will be ceasing sales of their last film camera, the EOS-1V. This is a sad announcement for the film photography community, as we are now left with fewer and fewer options for new equipment.

The EOS-1V was the last model of professional film cameras produced by Canon, and served as the basis for the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds digital SLR families. The EOS-1V was launched in 2000 and has been on sale for the past 18 years, though production ended in 2018. Canon intends to still service the cameras until 2025 or until parts run out.

Canon stepping out of the film SLR market leaves competitor Nikon with their FM10 and F6 cameras as the only new film SLR cameras left.

What Happened?

So I bet the few visitors of mine out there have been wondering what happened?

Apparently I forgot to update my debit card number after it went to Florida without me, and GoDaddy did not inform me that there was any problem with my hosting plan, and then that they were going to kill off my hosting plan, and then they killed the site. So I decided to take this time to start moving all of my products over to Amazon AWS finally.

All of the posts from the original site are now lost. I will try and recreate the one about cross processing color negative film in Rodinal, but the other few articles will be lost to the internet, as I wrote them directly in WordPress. I will be changing my process from now on and save a copy in word as well.

Thanks for staying with me through this.

Zak

P.S. I am not affiliated with either GoDaddy or Amazon. I have been using GoDaddy for the better part of a decade, but as my little corner of the internet grows with the expansion of the Missed Lectures Media family, GoDaddy no longer made much sense as they are not quite designed to handle what we need.