Foma Film

Black and white photo of Hasselblad 500cm on bookshelf

5 Frames with a (possibly broken) Hasselblad 500cm – By Philip Ahlquist

The email from the lab came in two days before my long-planned holiday:

“We are contacting you to let you know that your film has been processed, but unfortunately it has come out blank. We’ve inspected your negatives and it seems that the film was not loaded properly in the camera, or there may be some issues with your camera which may need investigating!” ^

“Issues with your camera which may need investigating” – that is a stressful thought just before you go away for a break when you’re hoping to get some good images with the camera. With no time to take the camera to a technician and wait for an investigation and repair, I didn’t have many options. The only answer, as far as I could see, was to work out the answer myself. Since I’m not a technician, all I could do was load up a roll of black and white film which I could develop at home, and then shoot and develop it to check for problems. In no more than 48 hours.

Pentax Spotmatic 35mm SLR and Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens

5 frames with the Pentax Spotmatic and developed as Stand development – By Nick Ambrose

One of my more recent projects in the darkroom has been to explore further options on how to process my black and white film. I would in the past just follow the normal method of a 30 second agitation and then 4 inversions of the developing tank every minute. This over the normal timing of somewhere between 8 to 16 seconds depending on film and ISO rating.

Zorki 2C

5 Frames with the Zorki 2C (S) & Retropan 320 Soft – By David Hoult

I have been using film cameras since the late 70’s but became serious when I started my wedding photography company in the late 80’s into the 90’s using 35mm and medium format cameras for weddings and portraits eventually moving onto digital as they became more accessible using the Fuji S2&S3 pro cameras.
After a car accident ended my business I left photography for a number of years eventually returning to it by getting my first mirrorless camera a Fuji X-E1 and Fuji has been my go to cameras ever since.


5 Frames with a freshly serviced Yashicamat and Fomapan – by Phil Harrison

A couple of years ago I treated myself to a very tidy Yashicamat that was made in May 1965. I wrote about the camera here. I discovered recently that the shutter speeds had become faulty, finally succumbing to age (57 years) and making the camera unusable. Fortunately Newton Ellis & Co in Liverpool will service TLR’s. They get a full strip down and repair.

Yashica AW-Mini

5 frames with a Yashica AW-Mini and some Fomapan – BY Grégoire MBV

A few weeks ago, I was in Paris enjoying a long week end under a very sunny sky. So I decided to load a roll of Fomapan 200 in this new camera that I just got: a near mint Yashica AW-Mini. I wanted to test this impressively featured kind of cheap version of the T3 that I own already and love so much. So here we go! 5 pics with Fomapan 200 in a Yashica AW-Mini point and shoot camera.

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