These are the 31 days and 34 articles that made EMULSIVE in August 2020. As usual, you’ll find a recap of all the articles published.


~ EM

My Canon AE-1 + Canon 50mm f/1.8 FD, Rich Stroffolino

5 Frames… Chasing a 2 year old on Ferrania P30 (35mm / El 80 / Canon AE-1 + Canon 50mm f/1.8 FD)

At the start of 2020, I decided to start seriously shooting film again. It’s a familiar story. When I was 12 I got a Pentax KX from my uncle and used it through college. I would have loved to keep shooting, but graduating into the Great Recession did little to free up to the discretionary income needed to keep shooting regularly. Plus after college I […]


How-to: Light portraits on film using LEDs + ideas for all budgets

Like anything in life, it’s important to choose the right tool for the job. When it comes to shooting portraits you can choose strobes or constant lights for your lighting. In this article, I’ll chat a little bit about my workflow for portraits with photographic film and why I choose a certain light type for a certain shoot. My hope is that you can use […]

My Seagull DF-300A + Seagull-610 MC 50mm f/1.8, Rizan H

5 Frames… Of the last time we all met on Kodak Pro Image 100 (35mm Format / El 100 / Seagull DF-300A + Seagull-610 MC 50mm f/1.8)

The semester was finally over and I had started to commit more of my time to my hobby of film photography. I’d recently got myself my first SLR: a Seagull DF-300A (a licensed third party copy of the Minolta’s X-300), which came with a not-so-sharp 50mm f/1.8 lens (the Seagull-610 MC) but that didn’t bother me too much. I also got myself some Kodak Pro […]

5 Frames... Of the apocalypse that never came (Holga 400 / 35mm Format / EI 400 / Canon A1) - by Mark John Hiemstra

5 Frames… Of the apocalypse that never came (Holga 400 / 35mm Format / EI 400 / Canon A1)

I panicked. A couple of months ago, I saw the apocalypse coming, and I ordered about $500 of film. I mostly bought film stocks I’d never shot before and then stocked up on some basics, like Kodak Gold 200, Fujicolor Pro 400H, Kodak Tri-X, that kind of thing. Along with those, I also bought a roll of Holga 400 35mm film. Fortunately, the apocalypse has […]

Cover - Chatting with Jeff “The Dude” Bridges, Panoramic Photographer - by Charys Schuler of SilvergrainClassics

Chatting with Jeff “The Dude” Bridges, Panoramic Photographer

I’m going to assume that you know who Jeff Bridges is. If you don’t, a quick online search will tell you all you need to know about his amazing career as an actor, and a few more minutes will reveal that he is also a musician, visual artist, and photographer. I’ll admit right at the start that I have been a fan of Jeff’s films […]

My Nikon Nikkor-P.C. 10.5 cm f:2.5 LTM and Leica M7, José Mendes de Almeida

5 Frames… With the curious Nikon Nikkor-P.C. 10.5 cm f/2.5 LTM on Adox Silvermax 100 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Leica M7)

Let me share some thoughts. For most of the year, my city has plenty of light. And good light, too. This is fortunate for a number of reasons but, in particular, it allows me to use lower ISO film for street photography. Good resolution and plenty of flexibility. ADOX Silvermax is a fantastic film for shooting in my everyday conditions and is quite easily available […]


Camera review: The unlovely (but very good) Pentax MZ-S

First an admission, I am an accidental Pentaxian. Like thousands of others, quite by chance I first learned to shoot film on a Pentax K1000. Since then many other Pentaxes have passed through my life: Spotmatic II, KM, MX, LX, 645n, both the 67 and 67ii and the MZ-S of course (twice!). The attraction is that they just work…without any fuss. So there’s an inbuilt […]

My Minolta Autocord RG1, Finlay Dalziel

5 Frames… Of medium format on a budget (Kodak Portra 160 / 120 Format / EI 160 / Minolta Autocord RG1)

I, like many of you here, suffer chronic GAS. It remains true that a great picture comes from the photographer, not the camera, but there is something uniquely satisfying about using a camera that looks and feels good. Although my student budget places heavy limitations upon my Leica-laden aspirations, bargains can be found, which may produce images just as good as the pricey alternatives. To […]

My Linhof Technika 5x7, Lars Bunch

5 Frames… Helping me contemplate my questionable life choices on 5×7 Arista EDU Ultra 100 (EI 200 / 5×7 Format / Linhof Technika)

This is what I was thinking… “Golly, that 5×7 camera is going for a good price. Anyway, I can always sell the lens (who am I kidding… I’m not going to sell the lens) and make some of my money back. Who cares that I’ve never shot 5×7 and don’t know if I would even like the format.” So now I have this 5×7 Linhof […]

My Kodak Medalist II, Rainer Otter

5 Frames of the smallest town in Germany: Blankenberg on respooled Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS (Kodak Medalist II / 120 format / EI 100)

“My love affair with photography began about 45 years ago, parallel with my love affair with my first girlfriend. My passion for photography never ended. For about twenty years I used medium format cameras for the best quality feasible at the time, mostly 4.5×6 and 6×7. The lab process was also done in my own lab, both black & white and color. Many years I […]


Night photography with the MiNT Camera Instantkon RF70 and Fujifilm Instax Wide film

There have been few opportunities for me to take the Instax Wide format MiNT Camera Instantkon RF70 on a night shoot, a favourite activity of mine. With the “iso” in Sydney having lifted in June, I was excited to have an opportunity to see what it could really do in low light. The Instantkon RF70 is produced by MiNT Camera, a company that started selling […]

5 Frames... On Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H (120 Format / EI 400 / Pentax 645 + SMC Pentax-a 645 45mm f/2.8) - by Pete Crain

5 Frames… On Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 400H (120 Format / EI 400 / Pentax 645 + SMC Pentax-a 645 45mm f/2.8)

Being at home for the last two months has only afforded me opportunities to be outside shooting pictures here and there. One night while I was going through some images I had shot on a Lubitel 166b I had bought to start playing with medium format photography, I found myself yearning for something a bit more. The novelty of a Soviet camera being a comparatively […]

Cover - Stop cross processing your slide film- #Saynotoxpro - by Sandeep Sumal

Stop cross processing your slide film: #Saynotoxpro

That’s right I said it, stop cross-processing lovely slide film. Slide film was designed to produce lovely true striking colours, with great contrast, sharpness and fine grain. It allowed photographers, artists and printers to see exactly what they were getting. Yet you want to xpro it to make it grainy, blurry and a complete smorgasbord of washed-out colours that you totally knew you were going […]

My Nikon FM kit, Mitch Walker

5 Frames… Of ILFORD HP5 PLUS developed in Cinestill Df96 Monobath (35mm / EI 400 / Nikon FM2)

The staying indoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed me to work on several projects that I been neglecting for several months now. This time, I decided to develop some film I’ve been neglecting for several years. Originally I’ve ether been sending my film off for processing, or developing it myself. I’ve been rather lazy about doing it myself again at home, although I […]

5 Frames… Of stand developed ILFORD HP5 PLUS in DD-X at 30°c

I’ve found myself with quite a backlog to develop from the last few weeks of sun, but encountered an issue I hadn’t really faced before when developing – the heatwave we’ve been having here in the UK means that all of my chemicals would be quite a bit above the recommended 20°. Temperature is an important aspect of the process, and using my usual formulas […]

Month in review: July 2020

Month in review: July 2020

These are the 31 days and 33 articles that made EMULSIVE in July 2020. As usual, you’ll find a recap of all the articles published. Enjoy! ~ EM

My Nikon FG + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S "Pancake", Max J Raulff

5 Frames… Of a night out in Trastevere on Kodak T-MAX 400 pushed to 3200 (35mm format / EI 3200 / Nikon FG + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S “Pancake”)

The following five frames were taken on a typical summer night in Rome, in early June 2019, where I had moved to in the spring to spend a semester abroad and work in the Italian galleries. Back then, I could already reflect on a long career as a photographer if you consider my young age. In fact, I started to take photos when I was […]

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Fairchild K-20: the making of a meaningful portrait

A friend of mine gave me some 4×5 film a while back. It was originally purchased by her dad in 1979, who at the time was a professional photographer. He used mainly 120 medium format and 4×5 film for his work in that era, but did a ton of aerial work on a Fairchild K-20. Her dad is currently in a long term care facility, […]

5 Frames… Of a desolate Blackpool with Kodak ColorPlus 200 (35mm Format / EI 200 / OLYMPUS OM-2)

I’ve been shooting on film (or with any non-convenient high-megapixel low-character smartphone capacity) for a little under half a year now, starting very feebly with what I chose would be worthy of taking a photo of, I slowly garnered the courage to capture moments spontaneously without fear of running out of film – I started to truly embrace my joy of film photography. I always […]

5 Frames... Of ballet on film shot on Kodak Portra 800 (120 Format / EI 800 / Yashica 635 - by Lisa Cho

5 Frames… Of ballet on film shot on Kodak Portra 800 (120 Format / EI 800 / Yashica 635

‘Ballet on Film’ is an on-going collaboration with Honolulu Classical Ballet and artistic director Romi Beppu. It is an exploration into the rich hues, spirited movements and magical artistry that is ballet in Hawaii. Instead of focusing on the performance on stage, much of the visual story revolves around the in-between moments during rehearsal – all the little details that are woven together to create […]

5 Frames... On a panoramic mod Zeiss Ikonta 521/16 and Rollei Retro 400S (EI 4200 / 120 Format) - by Pablo Olvera

5 Frames… On a panoramic-mod Zeiss Ikonta 521/16 and Rollei Retro 400S (EI 4200 / 120 Format)

I have an obsession with panoramic photos and the cameras that take them. Walk into a museum or historical exhibit and chances are you’ll find a panorama; often impossibly long and expertly taken by masters of the past. Often there’s a bigger opportunity for unintended scenes, objects, people, and situations to be captured in time. Finding these candid moments are just one of the many […]

5 Frames... In Leipzig with Kodak ColorPlus 200 (EI 100 : Revue 400SE) - by Heiko Englert

5 Frames… In Leipzig with Kodak ColorPlus 200 (EI 100 / Revue 400SE)

One day I woke up with the feeling that I really needed to have a classic rangefinder from the late 1970s. After some Googling in fora and other resources, I decided to go for the REVUE 400SE – a white-labelled camera based on a standard design that has been used by other brands like Konica or Minolta and introduced in1978 by Foto-Quelle. Its bold mechanics and […]

Cover - Building the Cameradactyl Brancopan

Building the CAMERADACTYL Brancopan

“Are you drilling?” asked my bleary-eyed wife, coming out of the bedroom of our small apartment at 1:30am. My desk was cluttered with tools, plastic shavings, and a half-completed CAMERADACTYL Brancopan 3D-printed camera. Of course I was drilling: the Brancopan has 27 fasteners with 1,094 thread revolutions, and there was no way that I was tightening them all by hand. I have standards. Reason prevailed […]

My Olympus OM-1N and mini studio, Sandeep Sumal

5 Frames… Of everyday household objects in a tiny “Studio” on Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 (EI 400 / 35mm Format / Olympus OM-1N)

I don’t know about the rest of you but the COVID-19 lockdown pretty much took away my photography mojo for a while. I mean, when you are worried about the health of your family, friends and yourself, these things are going to take a back seat. What I found eventually once we settled into the new norm, was that photography was one of the things […]

My Nikkormat FT2 and Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S lens, Matthew Sandiford

5 Frames… Of Prague on ILFORD FP4 PLUS with my new Nikkormat FT2 (EI 125 / 35mm Format)

The Czech Republic has not escaped pandemic-related restrictions, with the country entering a state of emergency and national lockdown fairly early in the crisis. Outings for daily exercise were permitted, and while Prague’s parks were busy, the city centre – usually thronged with tourists – was all but deserted for several weekends. ILFORD FP4 PLUS has always been one of my favourite films, but in […]

Feathers and Flowers - Contax RTS with 50mm lens, Rollei RPX 25

EMULSIVE Interview #221: I am Gaetan Cormier Interview and this is why I shoot film

Stormchaser, landscape photographer and portraiture, today’s interviewee has a long and varied photographic history. Please give a warm welcome to Montrealean (-er? -an?), Gaetan Cormier! Over to you, Gaetan. Hi Gaetan, what’s this picture, then? GC: I learned about these cute farm buildings and trees on a Facebook group about beautiful trees of Quebec. Location was vague so I used Google Maps to locate the […]

My CAMERADACTYL Brancopan loaded with Fomapan 400 Action, Virgil Roger

5 Wide Frames… With a CAMERADACTYL Brancopan and Fomapan 400 Action (35mm Format / EI 1600)

Well, here it is. My second 3D printed camera in all its glorious plastic glory, with a Mamiya universal press lens again. Actually, the same lens as the one on my Goodman One, the 65mm f/6.3. This time I’m using 35mm film, not 120…and a 2.5:1 aspect ratio because why not? That’s 24x60mm negs for those in the back that aren’t paying attention. So, wide. […]

Cover - Kodak Tri-X 400 follow-up: Does it even really matter? - By Simon King

Kodak Tri-X 400 follow-up: Does it even really matter?

I wrote an article here on EMULSIVE in April 2019 where I discussed some of the steps I made early on in my film photography process. I covered my earliest roll in 2016 to my then most recent work on Kodak Tri-X 400. I had sampled almost everything on offer by ILFORD, quite a few by Fujifilm, Agfa, Cinestill, and Kodak – but had left […]

5 Frames... Of Kodak Plus-X Aerecon II 3404 (35mm format / EI 50 / Nikkormat FTN + Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 Non-AI - James Harr

5 Frames… Of Kodak Plus-X Aerecon II 3404 (35mm format / EI 50 / Nikkormat FTN)

I bought this film in a “group buy” with a couple of other people over on and honestly, I didn’t know anything about it. I remembered shooting Plus-X back in the day and liking it, but that was the extent of my “knowledge”. As it turns out, I think that this is NOT Plus-X emulsion on a thin estar base designed for aerial reconnaissance. […]

The Leica M3- 5 reasons why it's the greatest camera ever

The Leica M3: 5 reasons why it’s the greatest camera ever

The Leica M3 doesn’t do anything that another camera can’t. In fact, by today’s standards, it is severely lacking in features that are normally considered standard. No light meter. No hot shoe. No autofocus. No automatic exposure. Limited frame line selection (50/90/135). 1/50 max flash sync speed… On paper then, one might ask why anyone would choose a camera that costs roughly $1,500 — used […]

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