A few months ago there was a presentation of various black and white films on emulsive.org. It made me curious. Without further ado, I ordered the High ISO Set with films No. 99 and No. 10 from NoColorStudio in Lithuania. No. 99 has ISO 990 and No. has ISO 100. ISO 100 is High ISO? […]
5 Frames… Field testing an Agfa Clack 6×9 on ILFORD Delta 100 Professional
I had hesitated for a long time, but at the beginning of April, the time had come. I was again in possession of the camera that was once my first. An Agfa Clack, 6×9. Back then, around 1975, my brother-in-law gave it to me. I had exposed maybe one film at that time, because my […]
5 Frames… Of 1977-expired Agfapan 100 Professional with a Nikon FM2n (35mm format / EI 50 / Nikkor 50mm f/2.0 AI)
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I started shooting film next to digital photographs. I wanted to become a better photographer and as there were no more music events (I am a photographer in the music scene), I felt it was the right time to take on this analogue challenge. After about 10 rolls of […]
5 Frames… Of a triple waterfall in Luxembourg on ILFORD HP5 PLUS (120 Format / EI 400 / Agfa Billy I 6,3)
Over the last few months, I have fallen in love with old medium format cameras, so I took three old medium format cameras with me for this trip. Among them was a 6x9cm Agfa Billy I 6.3 with an Agnar f/6.3 / 105mm, model 1950. I loaded the Billy with an ILFORD HP5 PLUS. The […]
5 Frames… Of 15 year expired Agfa Scala 200 on a King Regula Cita III (35mm Format / EI 200 / Tessar f/2.8 lens)
After twenty years hiatus from film photography, I sold all my digital gear and got back to my roots, and what better film than two fifteen-year-old expired rolls of Agfa Scala, to play with! The shots were taken in different lighting conditions most in natural light conditions or just normal room tungsten lights, I find […]
Shooting expired Agfa Scala 200X as a negative film: the Historic Port of Santos, Brazil
Agfa Scala 200X is a black and white transparency film, well known in its day for being the only option for generating slides in monochrome. Even back when it was readily available it was still hard to find a lab that could process it. I had never shot with it because of the high price […]
5 Frames… On my father-in-law’s 80 year-old Agfa Billy Record I (120 Format / EI 125 / ILFORD FP4 PLUS)
I recently found my father-in-law’s 80 year-old Agfa Billy Record camera in a drawer. He bought in Germany in 1942 and it was last used about 70 years ago. This model was manufactured between 1936 and 1942. It shoots eight 6×9 cm photos on a roll of 120 film. Fortunately, I had a roll of […]
5 Frames… Of unperforated Agfa ASP 400S with a Voigtlander Vito (EI 400 / 35mm Format)
I have always been fascinated with panorama photos. With a background in filmmaking, there are of course many examples of exciting compositions in the wide format. Now, these 5 frames are nothing to do with panoramas, quite the opposite really. But the film in question was purchased by me to be used in my TLR […]
The evolution of the camera as seen through X-ray imaging
It’s no secret that for many film photographers, taking photos of their cameras is as enjoyable as making photographs with them. Don’t take my word for it, just take a quick look on social media (and probably your own phone’s camera roll) to confirm it’s the norm rather than the exception. Fine art photographer Kent […]
5 Frames… On 50+ year expired ILFORD HP3 (120 format / EI 12 / Agfa Isolette II)
My first foray into medium format photography nearly 3 years ago was a trusty and time-tested Kodak Brownie, however the lack of control and only getting 8 frames per roll of film made me want to try something new. So I hopped onto eBay and managed to find an Agfa Isolette II 120 camera for […]
5 Frames… With Agfa Vista Plus 200 (EI 200 / 35mm format / Agfa Silette)
A while ago I went to a flea market here and there I saw this Agfa Silette camera. It was in decent condition. The man was asking for 50kn, I told him I’d buy it for 35 (about US$5) and we agreed. According to a serial number inside the camera it was produced in 1954. […]
5 Frames… With Agfa Cinerex IC1N (35mm / EI 200 / Canon Prima Zoom 90u Date)
It has been a while since me and a friend started organizing these Sunday morning walks in downtown São Paulo. Sometimes we start at 6:30am, some people complain, then the next time we start at 8:30am and a lot of people show up. This was one of the latter and also a typical fall day […]
5 Frames… With Kodak T-MAX 400 (EI 200 / 120 format / Agfa Super Isolette)
The Agfa Super Isolette with its Agfa Solinar 75 mm f/3.5 lens is considered by many to be the finest 120 folding camera ever made so my expectations of this camera were very high when I purchased it from the well know folder repairman Certo6 in the US. This 1955 German-made camera has excellent build […]
5 Frames… With ILFORD SFX 200 (EI 200 / 120 format / Agfa Record III)
In April, I wrote a comparison of three bellows cameras from the 1950s I had bought on eBay: Agfa Record III, Voigtländer Perkeo, and…
An early swansong? Reviewing the CONTAX AX: autofocusing manual lenses
When it comes to autofocusing manual lenses on film cameras there is really only one option: the unique and relatively short-lived CONTAX AX. Chunky sibling of the CONTAX RX and…
5 Frames… With Agfa Precisa CT 100 (EI 100 / 35mm format / Pentax K1000)
On the Summer Solstice of 2017, I took these five photographs on one roll of Agfa Precisa CT 100, my Pentax K1000 and SMC Pentax-M 1/2 50mm lens.
Two out of three. A look at three bellows cameras from the 1950s: Agfa Record III, Voigtländer Perkeo I, and Agfa Isolette
Most of my photo output is from digital cameras, although I have an abiding love for film. I recently bought some 35mm and medium format cameras online.
5 Frames… With original Agfa APX 100 (EI 100 / 4×5 format / Toko 4×5)
Upon the anniversary of my 50th year on this chunk of dirt, my wife took me to Costa Rica.
Film showdown: ADOX Silvermax 100 vs original Agfa APX 100
Is ADOX Silvermax 100 film the same as the old and revered Agfa APX 100 film? One day I decided to find out.
EMULSIVE’s most popular articles of 2018
It’s the final part of this amazing series of 2018 listcles. Thank you for bearing with these lazy posts and rest safe in the knowledge that while you’ve been reading these, I’ve been away on holiday.