Rediscovering Film – Part 2

Kodak Tri-X 400

Following on from my previous post, a couple of weeks after acquiring an old Pentax ES II film camera the perfect opportunity arose to give it a test outing. I enjoy street photography, especially with a group I belong to on Meetup.com, and I stumbled upon another group that looked interesting.

Their next meetup was in Soho, an area I love to wander around with a camera in hand, so I popped along for a natter, a couple of pints and a short walkabout to take a few test shots.

As I wasn’t sure the camera’s light meter was working correctly (I might have had the wrong type of battery, I’ve heard old film cameras can be finicky about voltage) I also took a handheld light meter to check exposure settings and also my Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens to make sure I came away with at least one or two worthwhile shots!

The top image above was the only one I really liked, but this outing was more about checking the camera than achieving great shots (and meeting some new people for a few pints!), so I was more than happy that I managed to get some decently exposed images. I finished the roll off in Richmond Park, here are a few other samples along with the final scan of the top image…

I won’t be ditching the Fuji anytime soon and I won’t be shooting masses of film (too damned expensive) but I do intend to shoot some night street photography using Cinestill 800T. It looks like it can deliver some amazing colours with neon lighting, especially the reds.

I’m sure there’ll be a part 3 soon (maybe even more) so stay tuned!

Update: Incidentally, having tested it I’m now selling the camera on eBay (UK only) if you’re interested in trying out film photography, although you’ll need to get a lens as I’m keeping that beauty!

Rediscovering Film – Part 3

2 thoughts on “Rediscovering Film – Part 2

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