What I hesitated for a long time. No, I don’t need this camera. Why should I? I have a Minolta X-300 and I’m very happy with it, so why should I get an SR-T 101 or 303? Damn, it’s fully mechanical and except for a light meter, doesn’t need any power. All right, in no time I found a SR-T 303b, equipped with an MD f1.7/50mm.

When it arrived, I first took a good look at it and tested it dry. All was well, so film in.
This would be a good opportunity to try the Washi A: a 50 ISO orthochromatic black& white “leader” film. Ideal in this dull weather with the f/1.7 lens. It was not so gloomy after all on the Saturday morning I decided to shoot the roll, so I set off on a long walk through woods, fields and open countryside.

I had read that the film doesn’t like hard contrasts because it is hard as a stick itself. But what is the name of a record by the rock band Nazareth? Expect no mercy.
On my tour it could not be avoided that a bright sky and a shady meadow or shady forest came on the picture.

While I was walking along, I had some doubts. Leader film, for film texts, orthochromatic?

I remembered lith and line films from my earlier work on the large repro camera. Okay, lith film was a little softer than line film, and the developers were also highly concentrated, so there really was and could only be black and clear. With a thinner developer, it should actually be possible to tease out a few shades of gray. It’ll work out.

To conclude the film, the opportunity arose for a photo that had been floating around in my head for a long time.

At my neighbor is a large stone in the garden and next to it is already for months a wheelbarrow. But that was not enough for me, there was still something missing. I had already agreed with him before and one evening, it was already dawning, was the chance. Published with the kind permission of Mario.

And now off to develop: 13 min in Rodinal 1+50. ISO 50 and Rodinal 1+50 promise a fine grain and indeed, hardly a grain visible. And yes, the contrasts became very hard but still with plenty of grayscale. And maximum density hovered around 2.3, so ideal for scanning or enlarging.

A film that makes you want to see more. And the Minolta? A great camera that offers everything I need.

~ Olaf

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I'm a hobby photographer who has been pursuing this for a long time. I really started in the mid-1980s, when I got my first and especially my second SLR camera, a Minolta X-300. It still serves me faithfully today. But then it went blow by blow, I discovered...


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  1. Lovely shots and lovely film! I’ve shot one roll before and you’re right it’s super contrasty, but it is possible to save some mid tones as well.