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Author: Tim Dobbs

5 Frames With… Lomography Color Negative 400 (EI 400 / 35mm / Olympus OM2S) by Tim Dobbs

My favourite colour negative film is Fuji Reala 100 which was discontinued quite a few years ago (thanks a lot Fuji). Luckily for me I have managed to source quite a bit of it from various places and have stockpiled a quite lot. But obviously there will come a time when I can’t get any more or the prices become exorbitant, so I have been trying various film stocks that are readily available to buy fresh. Lomography Colour Negative 400, which also comes in 100 & 800 ISO too but I am yet to try, is available in both...

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5 Frames With… Fuji Reala 100 (EI 100 / 120 / 6×4.5 / Mamiya 645 1000S) – by Tim Dobbs

Anyone who has seen my blog, or followed me on Twitter will know that I love to shoot a wide variety of film stocks either fresh or expired. But if I was only allowed to shoot one roll of colour for the rest of my days then it would have to be Fuji Reala 100. Sadly Fuji in their wisdom decided to discontinue this wonderful stock back in 2012, which seems to be a horrible trend on their part. The best thing about Reala for me is how it renders the Greens, even when the sun isn’t shining the...

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Camera review: Mamiya 645 1000S by Tim Dobbs

The Mamiya 645 1000S was not my first medium format camera. I dabbled with a Lubitel 166 followed by a Mamiya C3 both of which are 6×6 format, and aside from technical issues with both cameras, the main reason that I then bought the Mamiya 645 was my real struggle with the square format. I have always shot 35mm film and my eye has been sort of trained in the landscape/portrait aspect ratio. My first couple of rolls with those 6×6 format cameras left me feeling my composition was lacking and the 645 format seemed to be a better...

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Making and experimenting with homemade redscale film – Agfa Vista Plus 200

This article covers making and experimenting with redscale film at home. I’ll be walking you through the (very simple) steps you’ll need to roll your own, redscale film using Agfa Vista Plus 200, as well as showing you how my own tests went after shooting this film at EI 50, 100 and 200. But first, some background… After hearing about this year’s #BIFscale17, which is running through February 2017, I was not totally sure what it was all about…or even what exactly redscale film was. So, I started searching… To the uninitiated, redscale film is regular C41 colour film that has been...

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