Trying film again after years of shooting digital

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OP Daniel Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
Re: Trying film again after years of shooting digital

Autonerd wrote:

I really did like your Flickr page, and it made me wonder whether I should not try T Max 400 instead of my trusty old Tri-X.

Thank you for the kind words, Daniel. I shot one roll of T-Max and wasn't super-pleased with the results... a little flat and grain so fine I may as well be shooting digital (and then I'd get better contrast). Back in The Day I was always chasing the finest grain, but now of course it doesn't bother me. So I say, of the two, Tri-X all the way.

I have shot a couple of rolls of Tri-X (in fact it was the first film I shot in my new-to-me Nikomat FT2) but I find that the negatives curl a lot, so they don't sit nicely in the carrier for my flatbed scanner. I've been shooting Ilford HP5+ and it works well for me (as it did Back In The Day). I feel bad because I'm a Rochester boy but I guess with Kodak Alaris, Tri-X is now British as well...

I like your horse pic. The one I have is of my wife's two horses. A rare moment of tranquility... usually the white (gray) one tries to make friends with the brown one, and the brown one pins his ears and snaps at him. I captured one second of detente (the closed eyes were a lucky break) before the one chased off the other.

Usually I have to photo the horses with a 28mm lens because the white one wants to walk over and make friends. That day I knelt down in the arena to get a low shot and he started licking my forehead. Never seen a horse do that. It's not entirely unpleasant.


I'm so glad you said that, Aaron! Try-X has always been my go-to b&w film. Of course, these days I don't even develop it myself any more; the lab takes care of that and scans the negative far better than I ever could, so I don't have to worry about the negs curling.

I did shoot a roll of two of Ilford in the days when there was no digital, but I never really cared for the result. For me, it was always Kodak film and Ilford paper. I suppose it's what you're used to. Interestingly enough, I never cared for Fuji colors, either. I shot Kodachrome 25 most of the time; I spent the summer of 1974 in Cambridge (UK, not Mass.), basically alternating between Sri-X and Kodachrome. Once I had to buy a roll of Fujichrome (don't even know what type); when I look at the slides today, Kodak's look as if I had shote the pictures yesterday and the Fujichromes have all developed a hideous green cast. I'm sure they've improved things in the following years, but I tend to stick with what I know works.

These days, my main camera is a Fujifilm X-T30, and strangely enough it does some beautiful film simulations of various Fuji films.

I was interested to know that you have a Nikkormat FT2 as well. When I started shooting with my Minolta SR-T-303 again, my sister-in-law gave me her Nikkormat which still works perfectly well. It weighs a ton and you don't want to drop it for fear of denting the sidewalk, but it's a pleasure to pick up, but changing shutter speed and ISO is a pain!



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Fujifilm X100S Fujifilm X-T30 Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS
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