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5 Frames of Adox Color Mission with a Zeiss 85 1.4 on a Nikon F2 – By Flo

April 21, 2022

There are plenty of reasons to shoot film. If you are one who swears by the choice of film stocks, there is now one more reason for film. Adox Color Mission probably does not need an introduction here. Despite the shipping costs, I decide to order only a single role on the day of introduction. Not just because, you know, who knows what it’s like, but also because it’s an interesting experiment of its own to test a film with just 36 shots.

Adox promises minty greens, peachy reds and airy grain. Now what could I shoot to test out a color rendering that comes with the sort of analogies you usually find in the description of some fine bottle of wine? Late afternoon, early evening light seems to be a good fit for a film that is said to be a tad on the warmer side. To challenge the film a bit, I also add a day in the snow covered Swiss Alps to the menu.

Ship on lake Zürich

Lake Vibes

As a vague motif I have melting colors in mind, so I choose the Zeiss Planar 85mm 1.4 ZF on my trusty Nikon F2; a camera that clearly looks like it has been tested much more seriously before I bought it and decided to hunt for peachy reds in early evening sun light.

Deep snow formations

Deep snow

Generally, I do not see the output of a scanner as ‘true to the negative’. So if necessary, I edit my film scans with a layer of RGB curves. For the urban pictures, I reduced the greens in the shadows a bit to fit my taste. For the snow pictures I had to work a bit harder and the curves ended up being a bit more complex.

Two pidgeons in the city

Pidgeons

Two trees in front of a building

Trees

Will I shoot more Color Mission? Tricky question for someone who shot tri-X exclusively for ten years and only decided two years ago that color is probably too big to ignore… My fascination for film lies a bit more in the fact that it makes me think about light before taking pictures rather than the subtle rendering differences between different film stocks. So for a comparison to Portra and friends, I am probably the wrong one to ask. Surely, the grain of Portra 160 is finer. But I certainly got the results I wanted with pretty minimal post-processing.

A snow covered water reservoir

Snow covered water reservoir

That being said, I am sure there are many more interesting film stocks that could be developed (ha!) and it’s great to see someone quite literally invest in this direction. At a time where film is clearly niche. In that sense, all the best, Adox on this color mission…

City silhouette with clouds

Old town silhouette

If you are curious to see more of my pictures, check out my instagram account and for a presentation beyond 1080 pixels, swing by my website f8low.com

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    thorsten
    April 21, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Excellent work, flo. How did you meter?

    • Reply
      Flo
      April 21, 2022 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Thorsten! I am sort of used to sunny 16 but probably should have brought the sekonic l-208. The sunset ones are likely at an f5.6 equivalent… for the last one I tried to expose for the highlight to get some drama…

  • Reply
    Lee
    April 21, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Lovely photos, especially the ones with pigeons and the snowy mountainside with trees. It’s always exciting when a new film is released. I guess that’s why it’s not surprising to see two posts on 35mmc using the new Adox Color Mission film in the same week.

  • Reply
    Troy Phillips
    April 21, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Yes like the previous commenter excellent photos my friend. Love the warm hues and how the shadows look . Great use of this film stock .

    • Reply
      Flo
      April 21, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      Glad you like it 🙂 Yeah, I really wanted to include some warm moody scenery…

  • Reply
    Justin Kingery
    April 21, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    All these bangers from a single roll?! Fantastic work—great range of subject and setting. I love the grain and would certainly buy this film. I also enjoyed my stroll through your website. Keep up the great work! It’s inspiring.

    • Reply
      Flo
      April 21, 2022 at 6:30 pm

      Haha thanks a lot. Yeah, the project required quite some patience – there were a lot of shots I didn’t take. But those make the remaining ones better 😂

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