I had to learn that it is good to trust the camera sometimes. especially if it is a camera that has rarely let you down. I tried my first roll of this film in a prior post on my blog. ISO 1.6 was outside of my comfort zone and I waffled on how best to expose. Go for the manual settings recommended on FPP’s website or set the camera up appropriately (ISO 6 and +2 exposure). And the results were as mixed as my approach to exposure. Went with an odd duck SIGMA SA-7N that time around. The camera’s exposure-ing worked out far better than the manual settings. Predictable. What was less predictable and a bit baffling was the flares and other light-related aberrations.
Not sure what happened with the flaring but as far as the exposure goes I decided that I would no longer second guess the camera. I have used 200, 400, and 800 ISO film enough that I can somewhat guesstimate exposure settings if I had to. ISO 1.6? I do not stand a chance.
Sidebar: I find it interesting that these inexpensive SLRs are able to accommodate such a low ISO while two, more fancy pants cameras, namely the Konica RF for example, could not. That low of an ISO would not allow me to dial in any exposure compensation. A win for the inexpensive odd ducks.
So… ISO 6 with +2 exposure comp, carry the two, and hello ISO 1.5 or thereabouts. This time I ignored something that threw me last time. The broad daylight manual setting suggestions from FPP’s website. Last time I second guessed the camera on and off all day… and found out afterward that I should have trusted the camera. I decided not to repeat this mistake.
Unlike last time I did not attempt any low light interior shots and stayed with broad daylight. As usual developed at home with Cinestill CS41.
The resulting pics this time? All are properly exposed. All 24 (All FPP saw fit to give.) came out and here are five of my favorites from the roll. Choosing 5 was more difficult than usual since I liked a good many of these photos.
Well, that wraps up my foray into ultra low ISO films. Will I buy more? I am glad I imagined you asked. At first, I thought likely not. Simply put there were insufficient tangible IQ advantages to outweigh the limitations of using such a low ISO. But it does have a unique look and trying something different was fun though so who knows?
I appreciate having this opportunity to share my experiences with these lenses.
Eric L. Woods
I shoot a variety of new and old digital and film cameras. Industrial Engineer by education, IT is my vocation, and I really enjoy using, testing, and writing about cameras. All three of the latter are very therapeutic exercises for me. If you are so inclined my blog address is ewoodsphoto.com and I can be found on twitter and Instagram. All the best to you.
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