Anyone still shooting 35mm film?

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Terry Breedlove
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I have been in Art Wolfe's studio a few times down town Seattle. He had some very large prints on the wall shot with 35mm Fuji Velvia film. They looked great.

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fedway Contributing Member • Posts: 549
Re: Anyone still shooting 35mm film?

I have to say the lower one looks ordinary, the upper one looks special. The lower one is technically better but that's the problem, digital has made technically good photos commonplace.

Aberaeron Veteran Member • Posts: 7,379
Re: Anyone still shooting 35mm film?

fedway wrote:

I have to say the lower one looks ordinary, the upper one looks special. The lower one is technically better but that's the problem, digital has made technically good photos commonplace.

That, is a 'problem'? ROTFLOL.

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samtheman2014
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Re: Anyone still shooting 35mm film?

zuikowesty wrote:

samtheman2014 wrote:

MLP120 wrote:

I still after 50 years get excited when they deliver my package with my slides and prints. It's a feeling that only someone who shot film years ago would understand. Nothing wrong with film or digital. Shoot what works for you and be happy.

I agree the wee yellow Kodachrome box popping through the letter box is a treasured memory from my younger days. I see rumours that Kodachrome may be making a come back I hope it does I would love to give it a go for old time’s sake.

Yes, I'll be buying a roll of K64 for sure if that happens!

My parents had about 40 carousels of slides from the 60s and 70s, mostly shot on K25 and K64 that they tossed out a few years ago, after picking out the best and having them scanned. I was so choked that they tossed them - I would have at least had one more slide show... (ok, about 10-20 slideshows, as 2-3 carousels is my limit). It would be cool to see Banff and Jasper, and the West Coast as it was back in the 60s, in Kodachrome glory!

it is amazing how well old Kodachrome slides hold up over the years. I digitised y families photos going back over a 100yrs  { not that Kodachrome goes that far back  }it was a trial but worth it in the end { for me at least }. Kodachrome is a wee bit of a pain to scan. Hope it happens, though with its specialist processing requirements who knows

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Aberaeron Veteran Member • Posts: 7,379
Re: My Trip died on my trip ;)

Hiphopapotamus wrote:

peppermonkey wrote:

OzRay wrote:

I went on a trip and took my Trip:

Took it to Japan and alas the meter died... On the other hand, the last photo it took was a great (technically it was bad but from a memory standpoint, golden, I think the meter was already dying at that point) photo of my wife's grandmother.

That photo was also the last photo we have of her before she passed and it was a photo of her when we were saying good bye when leaving her house in Japan.

Incidentally it was also the last photo of her house before it was struck by the tsunami in the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 that took out the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And no, she wasn't present when that happened and had passed away a few years later.

Too bad I can't fix the meter. And yes, I can always buy another Trip for dirt cheap but I would rather fix it if I can.

You can get it repaired, it's about finding the people who can do it, and whether it's something mechanical that's fixable by today's standards where parts are hard to come by. My repairer of choice is a former Zeiss technician, trained in Germany, who knows mechanical cameras and lenses inside and out.

They will take your repairs from wherever you're at its just a matter of whether you think its cost effective or prohibitive.

http://mainlinephoto.com.au/

Best bet for sourcing parts is to buy one or two extra cameras and cannibalise them. It would be silly to cannibalise a good working one of course, but if the broken one in need of repair is 'important' enough, so be it.

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peppermonkey Veteran Member • Posts: 4,932
Pretty much my only choice...

Aberaeron wrote:

Hiphopapotamus wrote:

peppermonkey wrote:

OzRay wrote:

I went on a trip and took my Trip:

Took it to Japan and alas the meter died... On the other hand, the last photo it took was a great (technically it was bad but from a memory standpoint, golden, I think the meter was already dying at that point) photo of my wife's grandmother.

That photo was also the last photo we have of her before she passed and it was a photo of her when we were saying good bye when leaving her house in Japan.

Incidentally it was also the last photo of her house before it was struck by the tsunami in the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 that took out the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And no, she wasn't present when that happened and had passed away a few years later.

Too bad I can't fix the meter. And yes, I can always buy another Trip for dirt cheap but I would rather fix it if I can.

You can get it repaired, it's about finding the people who can do it, and whether it's something mechanical that's fixable by today's standards where parts are hard to come by. My repairer of choice is a former Zeiss technician, trained in Germany, who knows mechanical cameras and lenses inside and out.

They will take your repairs from wherever you're at its just a matter of whether you think its cost effective or prohibitive.

http://mainlinephoto.com.au/

Best bet for sourcing parts is to buy one or two extra cameras and cannibalise them. It would be silly to cannibalise a good working one of course, but if the broken one in need of repair is 'important' enough, so be it.

No use getting it repaired as they would just do what I would do and get parts from a working one. The selenium cell in the light meter died so unless I feel like making my own (err...yeah, okay...not), my only option is sourcing another and doing a transplant...then again, most likely, sourcing a working meter from another Trip 35 would generally mean finding a working Trip 35. Why transplant anyhow as the meter is one of, if not the most common source of breakdown.

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Hiphopapotamus Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
Re: My Trip died on my trip ;)

Aberaeron wrote:

Hiphopapotamus wrote:

peppermonkey wrote:

OzRay wrote:

I went on a trip and took my Trip:

Took it to Japan and alas the meter died... On the other hand, the last photo it took was a great (technically it was bad but from a memory standpoint, golden, I think the meter was already dying at that point) photo of my wife's grandmother.

That photo was also the last photo we have of her before she passed and it was a photo of her when we were saying good bye when leaving her house in Japan.

Incidentally it was also the last photo of her house before it was struck by the tsunami in the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 that took out the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And no, she wasn't present when that happened and had passed away a few years later.

Too bad I can't fix the meter. And yes, I can always buy another Trip for dirt cheap but I would rather fix it if I can.

You can get it repaired, it's about finding the people who can do it, and whether it's something mechanical that's fixable by today's standards where parts are hard to come by. My repairer of choice is a former Zeiss technician, trained in Germany, who knows mechanical cameras and lenses inside and out.

They will take your repairs from wherever you're at its just a matter of whether you think its cost effective or prohibitive.

http://mainlinephoto.com.au/

Best bet for sourcing parts is to buy one or two extra cameras and cannibalise them. It would be silly to cannibalise a good working one of course, but if the broken one in need of repair is 'important' enough, so be it.

At this stage yes and no, you may well actually still find new parts for Olympus OM cameras in Japan, which is a better option in keeping existing camera stocks plentiful before canablising another camera.

The thing is, most of these faults with these mechanical cameras are mechanical by their very nature, and they work and can be repaired just like a grandfather clock for the next 300 odd years. Rarely does something mechanical inside them actually break, it's usually just an alignment issue or something else that is simple to fix.

The difference is that these cameras were made to last the life of a human being compared to today's plastic fantastic things that when something breaks you send it away and get a "refurbished" copy at a nominal price.

It's fun when you actually pull one of these things down and you realise that the inside of them look just like a Rolex. I don't do it much because its actually beyond my knowledge as someone who was born in the middle part of the 1980s but I pulled the lid off one of my Mamiya film backs just to have a look at it and the winder mechanism is almost exactly identical to that of a grandfather clock.

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Unfortunately...
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Hiphopapotamus wrote:

Aberaeron wrote:

Hiphopapotamus wrote:

peppermonkey wrote:

OzRay wrote:

I went on a trip and took my Trip:

Took it to Japan and alas the meter died... On the other hand, the last photo it took was a great (technically it was bad but from a memory standpoint, golden, I think the meter was already dying at that point) photo of my wife's grandmother.

That photo was also the last photo we have of her before she passed and it was a photo of her when we were saying good bye when leaving her house in Japan.

Incidentally it was also the last photo of her house before it was struck by the tsunami in the Tohoku earthquake of 2011 that took out the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And no, she wasn't present when that happened and had passed away a few years later.

Too bad I can't fix the meter. And yes, I can always buy another Trip for dirt cheap but I would rather fix it if I can.

You can get it repaired, it's about finding the people who can do it, and whether it's something mechanical that's fixable by today's standards where parts are hard to come by. My repairer of choice is a former Zeiss technician, trained in Germany, who knows mechanical cameras and lenses inside and out.

They will take your repairs from wherever you're at its just a matter of whether you think its cost effective or prohibitive.

http://mainlinephoto.com.au/

Best bet for sourcing parts is to buy one or two extra cameras and cannibalise them. It would be silly to cannibalise a good working one of course, but if the broken one in need of repair is 'important' enough, so be it.

At this stage yes and no, you may well actually still find new parts for Olympus OM cameras in Japan, which is a better option in keeping existing camera stocks plentiful before canablising another camera.

the part that died is the Selenium Cell...which you really can't build yourself... (well, not in any practical sense anyhow). And no, there won't be any 'new' parts around...and if there is new parts, they are probably past their expiry date and can die themselves any time. Basically think of it like a battery that has long past their noted expiry date.

The thing is, most of these faults with these mechanical cameras are mechanical by their very nature, and they work and can be repaired just like a grandfather clock for the next 300 odd years. Rarely does something mechanical inside them actually break, it's usually just an alignment issue or something else that is simple to fix.

Yup, I have fixed (or cleaned) a number (and broke an equal number I think) of old cameras and lenses. Older they are, generally the easier to fix.

The difference is that these cameras were made to last the life of a human being compared to today's plastic fantastic things that when something breaks you send it away and get a "refurbished" copy at a nominal price.

Yup, the plastic fantastic's of the 80's are the worst...

It's fun when you actually pull one of these things down and you realise that the inside of them look just like a Rolex. I don't do it much because its actually beyond my knowledge as someone who was born in the middle part of the 1980s but I pulled the lid off one of my Mamiya film backs just to have a look at it and the winder mechanism is almost exactly identical to that of a grandfather clock.

Assuming you find instructions (or the equivalent of blue prints) on the web (and there are tons of them surprisingly), and you are careful not to lose any parts (lose one tiny screw and you may have just created a brick), they are generally not 'that' hard. Of course, some are worse than others.

Have a number of cameras slated to be fixed...if only I had time...

(the original Voigtlander Vito, Bessa L, Zorki 4 among others...)

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Hiphopapotamus Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
Re: Unfortunately...

I use my phone or my digital camera for light metering now it's surprisingly accurate, but then I'm also using a full mechanical camera that doesn't have anything electrical in it. Your case is obviously different.

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I use an app

Hiphopapotamus wrote:

I use my phone or my digital camera for light metering now it's surprisingly accurate, but then I'm also using a full mechanical camera that doesn't have anything electrical in it. Your case is obviously different.

for light metering as well, well, when I don't have a proper light meter with me anyhow. And yeah, it is surprisingly accurate. Then again, it just uses your smartphone camera's light meter so as long as the smartphones light meter is accurate...

Anyhow, yeah, my case is different. The trip needs the light meter in order to work.

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I would love a digital back that would work with an OM1 or OM2.

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