Dear Readers, I still have a few rolls of Ektar 25 in 120 size in my freezer. My rolls expired in 1995, but fortunately they seem to be responding correctly without obvious color shifts. Of course, now I wish I had bought much more 25 (or Royal Gold 25, which was the same thing) before it was discontinued around 2000. Winter in Mississippi has some days with drizzle or soft light with overcast skies, which are perfect for the Ektar’s unique palette.
A Hasselblad 501CM is not exactly a compact camera as per the 35MMC theme, but it is reasonably small for a 6×6 reflex camera, and I can operate it with gloves. All the examples below are tripod-mounted with the mirror pre-released, exposures 1 to 1/8 sec, light measured with a Gossen Luna-Pro Digital meter in incident mode at EI 25.
The lenses were the Planar 80mm f/2.8 CB and the Distagon 50mm f/4. I mounted the camera on an early 1900s wood Crown No. 4 tripod via a Linhof Profi II ball head. Wood is good material for tripods because it dampens vibrations quickly. I scan my negatives with an early-2000s Minolta Scan Multi medium format film scanner, operated with SilverFast software, all controlled by an old 32-bit Windows 7 computer.
Thank you for reading. For more film examples from Mississippi and elsewhere, please go to: https://worldofdecay.blogspot.com