5 Frames… With Kodak Verichrome Pan (EI 80 / 120 format / Mamiya C330 Pro S) – by Bob St. Cyr

At a recent darkroom group meeting, I was pleased to receive four rolls of 120 format Kodak Verichrome Pan. So after the meeting, I went home and loaded up my camera, and I was ready to try it out.

With film in pocket and camera, I went down to the Fraser River/Matsqui Trail to shoot a couple of rolls with my Mamiya C330 Professional S camera with the M/S 55mm lens mounted on the front and a yellow filter over the taking lens. I metred my exposures with my Sekonic L-408 5-degree spot metre and rated the film at EI 80, it was originally rated at ISO 125. Finally, I anchored everything with my Sirui 2204 tripod to secure the camera. It was a beautiful sunny day with some nice cloud patterns which meant that the parking lot near the river was FULL!


Later that evening I processed the film, but could not find any information about it at the Massive Development Chart website, however, my Google search lead me to a fellow Canadian: Alex Luyckx’s Blog, where I found that he has already been there done that as far as this film is concerned.


Thus, I followed his dilution and timing instructions for my trusty HC-110 developer. For the first time, I used a different dilution than I usually use, instead of 1:31 (B) for 5.30 minutes, I used 1:62 (H) for 8.30 minutes at ~20 ˚C and the film turned out quite good save for a bit of base fog, but as you can see from the sample images below, it doesn’t seem to have much effect on the images. Not too bad for a film that expired in March of 2001 – 18 years ago!

According to Alex Luyckx, this average purpose film was released by Kodak in 1956 and has a wide exposure latitude but I still bracketed exposures anyway. I can’t wait to get into a darkroom to make a contact sheet and some prints. I made audio notes for the various exposures and bracketed several shots because I wasn’t sure how this film would work out if at all.

~ Bob

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Bob St. Cyr
Bob St. Cyrhttps://stcyrphoto.blogspot.com/
I am a fine-art photographer who prefers to follow the LIGHT and do things with photographic film. I enjoy composing prints in a darkroom just as much as I like to be out and about photographing. I've been honoured to show some of my work through exhibitions both nationally and internationally. My interpretation through photography is to enjoy exploring possibilities from imagination through the lens and pinhole.

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