agfamatic 200 camera
The Whole Roll

24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

May 15, 2020

As soon as I saw the post by Jeremy Strange on April 3rd, I thought what a great idea – a whole roll of photographs to look at. After all, it is all about seeing other peoples’ work, not just their words but in particular their actual images. And as soon as the challenge was set to share a whole roll, I knew this something I wanted to do.

A quick skim through the folders on my PC (all my negatives are scanned these days) and this appeared to be harder than I first thought: either there were too many mishaps per roll or too many comparable shots per roll. Who wants to see 24 pictures of trees? I really thought my first ‘whole roll’ post would be of a 2015 trip to the Isle of Arran in Scotland. I feel this roll might fit into the second category of images too similar, so maybe save this one for now.

In the end, I have chosen a sort of wild card. I have gone for a whole roll where all the photos have the potential to be mishaps or alike. So here is my whole roll of expired film, long expired film (Kodak Gold 200 dated 1992 to be precise), and even a camera from an expired format i.e  the Agfamatic 200.

Every now and then I like to go lo-fi and will shoot a roll of 126 or 110 cartridge, when I can find some. The results can be slightly unpredictable, although big grain and orange casts are usual features. Here it is then – a whole roll, in number order, shot over a few days in January around my home city of Medway, Kent…

empty road

tree and building behind hoarding

dock side basin

yellowing leaves on path

two trees framed by a third tree

two trees framed by a third tree

derelict building

frosty field with bridge in the distance

empty road with new tarmac

footpath between offices

empty London street with sun appearing

boat marina with reeds in foreground

early evening scene of railway crossing

child posing for photograph

fallen tree

mixture of trees in failing light

winter tree in woodlands

sun shining through the trees

tree branches against the sky

woodland scenery

valley scenery

log laying on the grass

dense woodland

tree and gate

You may have noticed that photos 5 and 6 are the same. I’ve added it twice to make up the full complement of 24 frames (the original frame 5 came out blank) and to highlight the orange colour cast that you often get with film that is well past it’s date.

All the photos here have required some post processing, most notably pulling the RGB white balance towards the cooler, blue end to compensate. I use DxO Optics Pro 8, not the most up to date program but it does the trick for me. For those unfamiliar with the 126 format, it was launched by Kodak in the 1960s. It was squarely aimed at the mass market: simple folk could load the simple cartridges in equally simple cameras. Most brands of camera makers jumped on the bandwagon. There is an awful lot of these out there still; you just have to find the cartridges!

Cheers, Rock (www.rocksreflex.com)

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Scott Edwards
    May 15, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for the ride! Beautiful, haunting, lovely, lonely. My sister just gave me her old Minolta, along w her husbands. (I have a Nikon F100 and a Minolta X570.) It will be interesting to see what the three rolls of Kodak from early 1980s might look like…

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 15, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      They will look rough and very orange, but that’s half the fun if you don’t expect too much.

  • Reply
    Peggy Marsh
    May 16, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    That roll looks like many I have. Half of the fun is in the using of the camera. It’s nice if they come out perfectly, not not a worry if they don’t. Enjoy the ride

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Peggy.

  • Reply
    Stephen
    May 17, 2020 at 4:18 am

    I was always sceptical about expired film but these photos have blown me away. They are actually quite moving. The composition seems straightforward but it is always exactly right, satisfying like a cold beer.

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 17, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Stephen, expired film is always worth a shot (so long as you don’t overpay for it, after all it is out of date!). As the 126 format is also expired (and 110 format nearly), all the film is expired…But it would be nice if one current film manufacturer did bring out some new emulsion. Glad you liked the set of photos.Cheers, Rock.

  • Reply
    Forrest Rogers
    May 17, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Gosh I love these so much! Expired Gold is so much fun to work with. Shot #8’s calling my name

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Forrest, thanks.

  • Reply
    Chris Pattison
    May 19, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Rock,
    What a timely post! I am currently attempting to amass enough 126 film for a project. An ebay seller based in Portugal has most of the world’s remaining stock, or so it seems.
    These photos are great. There’s some lovely countryside along the Medway.

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 19, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Sounds intriguing! Are you gonna use a basic camera like my Agfamatic, or one of the higher spec almost sophisticated models? I have used the guy in Portugal before for some lovely expired Perutz Primera. If you are feeling brave, you could re-spool 35mm into empty cartridges. Good luck

  • Reply
    jeremystrange
    May 19, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Rick, I liked quite a lot of these, the colour cast added to it somehow.

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 19, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      I’ve just had a roll of expired Kodak Max 400 developed and most came out with a massive magenta cast!

  • Reply
    jeremystrange
    May 19, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry, damn autocorrect, I meant Rock.

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      No worries, Facebook auto thingy changed a comment of mine yesterday from Portra to Ports

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