I often wonder how many other people are still shooting film around the Bay of Plenty, is there anyone else out there??? It's rare to see a fellow photographer out and about in these parts let alone another analogue geek.....
The shots in this post were all taken a couple of weeks ago and have once again been developed by me, in the Jobo, earlier this week as it happens, the joy's of being in control! I have to say I'm pretty confident with it now, having developed a dozen rolls from my recent travels in the last few days alone, I'm so pleased I got it. I'm still using up the C41 chemicals from the Digibase pre-mixed kit, they will be depleted shortly then it's on to some slightly more advanced chemistry.
Pausing for a moment at this small Catholic chapel it seems like an appropriate place to make a confession. In this recent post I intimated that I would shortly be writing up my scanning workflow, this is still going to happen, it just won't be my current workflow.
If I'm not making sense that's because a new scanner is now sitting beside my desk, the V700, the Reflecta Proscan 7200 and the Canoscan FS400US are all still here, pending sale.
To use some plain English, scanning has been "doing my head in" for ages. Whilst I wasn't unhappy with the scanners I had it was always in the knowledge that I, like many other scanner owners was tolerating their shortcomings.
I'd been exploring other options for some time, I got close to acquiring a Fuji Frontier, only to be denied at the final hurdle, despite having redundant scanners, Fuji NZ won't sell them. I then considered once again the Plustek OpticFilm 120 and the Braun FS 120, these aren't cheap and deep down I was still sure they'd disappoint me. I was ready to pull the trigger on a Pakon F135, this is a scanner that has really impressed me and seems to be gaining a lot of popularity despite only used units being sold. If you need a dedicated 35mm scanner for under $400 including shipping I'd give these some serious consideration. At this point something unexpected happened.....
So, what scanner have I bought? Well, I've gone retro scanner to match my retro cameras!!! I've picked up an Imacon 848, it's just had a full service by Hasselblad and it's in great shape, built like a tank. It comes with 13 film holders of various configurations and the Batch Feeder. I'm still getting to grips with the FlexColor software and all the images in the post are from the Imacon. I've made progress with the software but there is some way to go and I've quite possibly got a problem I never envisaged I would have, maybe some of the images are too sharp, again something to work on.
All images taken on Agfa Vista 200 and Kodak Ektar 100 with the Leica M6 - 35mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph and 50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph.
My setup is complete, time to shoot more film!