I haven't found that many places to order film from in Sweden and Fuji Pro 400H has been the hardest to find. When I sat down yesterday to order a new batch from Brunos bildverkstad the price for a 135 roll had increased from 79 SEK to 110 SEK more or less overnight. That's almost a 40 percent difference. Crazy, but I understand this increase is a worldwide phenomenon. Perhaps Kodak film is the way forward.
I tried my first rolls of Ektar recently, during a sunny Saturday trip to Vombsjön. Even though the the focus issues of my Pentax 6×7 permeates each and every frame, I love the colors of this film. These images capture what I felt that day, not what I saw.
As for the focus issues, I decided to return my Pentax 6×7 and get a Pentax 67 in better shape instead, even though it costs more. I like the format enough to want to invest in better equipment.
All images are deeloped and scanned by UK Film Lab.
I’ve been dipping my toes in the waters of film photography for two months now and I’m slowly starting to feel at home. I’ve tried two cameras so far: my wife’s second hand Olympus OM-1 (more or less refurbished) with a 50mm/1.8 prime and an old Pentax 6×7, with a Tamumar 105mm/2.4 lens.
So far I’ve been gobsmacked by the results the Olympus gives me, even with an older, slightly soft lens. Unfortunately, I’ve had a bit of bad luck with the Pentax, my budget entry into the world of medium format film photography. After having shot my first roll the film the rewind crank promptly broke down. I got a replacement from the shop I bought from, but now, two moths later, I realize this replacement has an annoying front focus issue. I’ve been unable to get a single frame in focus, always finding the focus plane a few centimeters in front of what I see in the finder. At first I thought it was me, but after a bit of Googling I now suspect it to be a case of badly calibrated focus screen. The camera is still under warranty, but I consider upgrading it to a Pentax 67 in better shape. In spite of my focus issues, the light and bokkeh that the Takumar renders are heavenly. If I can sort out the focus issues, the high price per film frame will be worth it.
I really love this photo–lens flare and all.