1. Post #1721
    hzy
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    January 2009
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    In the market for an Olympus XA as a small camera I can take everywhere.
    Anyone have some experience with them? How are they compared to normal SLR's in terms of operation and image quality?
    someone is finally listening to me! They are incredible cameras, fucking awesome lens and the usability is just perfect.

    these are the photos that I've taken with mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhasleh...7626342161739/
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  2. Post #1722
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    July 2009
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    someone is finally listening to me! They are incredible cameras, fucking awesome lens and the usability is just perfect.

    these are the photos that I've taken with mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhasleh...7626342161739/
    Alllllllrighty then, bought one.
    One question though, what's the difference between the small lens in the XA and a lens like you would find on an SLR? Will it give equall results or is it worse than a standard lens like, say, a 50mm?

    Edited:

    Those were two questions!
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  3. Post #1723
    I will huff and puff and FLIP YOUR FUCKING TABLES
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    October 2005
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    So I've pretty much never done film photography before. A friend of my mom's has a Pentax K1000 lying around (probably with whatever lens came with it - 50 mm f/2, I believe) that he'll dig out and give to me in the next few weeks. So.. Is this a decent camera for a beginner?
    Also, do you guys develop your own photos or do you send it out to places?
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  4. Post #1724
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    September 2011
    225 Posts
    So I've pretty much never done film photography before. A friend of my mom's has a Pentax K1000 lying around (probably with whatever lens came with it - 50 mm f/2, I believe) that he'll dig out and give to me in the next few weeks. So.. Is this a decent camera for a beginner?
    Also, do you guys develop your own photos or do you send it out to places?
    Hi there,
    I have a Pentax myself, from around that same period. It's not the same model (mine is a Spotmatic II), however they should be comparable. I love mine! It's a lovely, beautiful camera.

    I still get mine sent out, but I'm still looking for my own equipment.

    Edited:


    Untitled by GuruLongie, on Flickr
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  5. Post #1725
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    September 2008
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    Just finished my first roll of 400tx, a friend of mine is going to teach me how to develop it later this month.
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  6. Post #1726
    hzy
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    Alllllllrighty then, bought one.
    One question though, what's the difference between the small lens in the XA and a lens like you would find on an SLR? Will it give equall results or is it worse than a standard lens like, say, a 50mm?

    Edited:

    Those were two questions!
    the crazy olympus engineers used what's called a retrofocal lens design, they basically put the rear element of a typical lens on the front and the front element on the back. That let them put the lens much closer to the film than what's otherwise possible.

    Not sure what you mean by 'better/worse than 50mm' it's a 35mm f2.8 lens and those specs are comparable no matter matter which camera you use.
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  7. Post #1727
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    March 2011
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    Finished a roll to test my Zorki 4, the roll has been through the Zenit TTL as it was dying, so some shots are overlapped.

    A self shot in an awkward way

    The awkward way to use a camera and flash by CommunistWolf, on Flickr

    Street by CommunistWolf, on Flickr

    Newcastle Theatre Royal by CommunistWolf, on Flickr
    I climbed to the top of Newcastle's New Castle Keep

    Tyne Bridge From the Keep by CommunistWolf, on Flickr

    Cathedral from New Castle Keep by CommunistWolf, on Flickr

    Millennium bridge from the Keep by CommunistWolf, on Flickr

    and then I went and got it developed.
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  8. Post #1728

    January 2012
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    My mom bought me film on the way back from work today it was lowered so she couldn't resist.
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  9. Post #1729
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    April 2009
    824 Posts
    Got my prints back finally from my AE-1P. I used cheap 400 iso fujifilm xtra.

    02-16-2012 03;12;14PM by Kristian Carreon, on Flickr

    02-16-2012 03;16;29PM by Kristian Carreon, on Flickr

    34/366 by Kristian Carreon, on Flickr

    29/366 by Kristian Carreon, on Flickr

    02-16-2012 03;22;35PM by Kristian Carreon, on Flickr
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  10. Post #1730
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    March 2011
    634 Posts
    That cheap 400 iso fujifilm x-tra is one of my favourite films.
    Its really the only 400 iso film I used so its going to be one f my favourites/
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  11. Post #1731
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    July 2009
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    That cheap 400 iso fujifilm x-tra is one of my favourite films.
    Its really the only 400 iso film I used so its going to be one f my favourites/
    I really like it too. It's pretty good for what it is
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  12. Post #1732
    communistcat's Avatar
    March 2011
    634 Posts
    The best price I found it in retail is £12 for 3 or £6 a roll. Its a bloody brilliant film

    The only sunset picture I took that I like was with this film

    Tyne Bridge Sunset by CommunistWolf, on Flickr
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  13. Post #1733

    January 2012
    37 Posts
    Guys thinking of developing my own film, would it be cheaper to develop it and let them scan it?
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  14. Post #1734
    hzy
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    January 2009
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    Guys thinking of developing my own film, would it be cheaper to develop it and let them scan it?
    the reverse is what I do.


    I get my colour dev'd for $2.50 a roll and scan at home (self-scanning gives way way way more control). for B&W I do that in my laundry. The colour chems are a lot harder to work with and are also rather dangerous.
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  15. Post #1735

    January 2012
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    the reverse is what I do.


    I get my colour dev'd for $2.50 a roll and scan at home (self-scanning gives way way way more control). for B&W I do that in my laundry. The colour chems are a lot harder to work with and are also rather dangerous.
    What scanner do you use?
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  16. Post #1736
    churboi austin
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    October 2007
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    epson v500
    at least that's what i think everyone uses
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  17. Post #1737
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    July 2007
    620 Posts
    yeah basicly everyone here uses the epson v500.
    I think i am the only one who uses a real filmscanner (old as hell though), the Nikon Coolscan III.
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  18. Post #1738
    soy un perdedor
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    July 2010
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    v500 is cheap and available, and does a usable enough job. You can use it to scan normal shit too.

    From what I understand, it's basically a watered down v700 which although isn't 'real', is used by quite a few active professionals.
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  19. Post #1739

    January 2012
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    Thanks guys :D
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  20. Post #1740
    communistcat's Avatar
    March 2011
    634 Posts
    Just got a Voigtlander Bessa a folding camera from about 1935 and it uses 120 film.
    Do shops have a problem with 6x9 frame size?
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  21. Post #1741
    dai
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    Just got a Voigtlander Bessa a folding camera from about 1935 and it uses 120 film.
    Do shops have a problem with 6x9 frame size?
    depends on where you live, but 120 film isn't something 'problematic', just uncommon enough that it probably needs some extra attention in getting it where it needs to be. I know around here we don't have many dedicated film developing locations left so any store I go to will TAKE the 120, then ship it off to some place down in the city. It cost me like $26 to get a single roll developed due to shipping and handling fees (thanks to the guy behind the counter for telling me an in-house price than charging me for the shipping AFTER I got back). Alternatively, use the money on gas and drive to the location yourself, or ship it without the middle man.

    so, if that's your case, at least take a couple rolls before sending them out so it cost less because you ship the lot of them together
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  22. Post #1742
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    March 2011
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    depends on where you live, but 120 film isn't something 'problematic', just uncommon enough that it probably needs some extra attention in getting it where it needs to be. I know around here we don't have many dedicated film developing locations left so any store I go to will TAKE the 120, then ship it off to some place down in the city. It cost me like $26 to get a single roll developed due to shipping and handling fees (thanks to the guy behind the counter for telling me an in-house price than charging me for the shipping AFTER I got back). Alternatively, use the money on gas and drive to the location yourself, or ship it without the middle man.

    so, if that's your case, at least take a couple rolls before sending them out so it cost less because you ship the lot of them together
    I have a shop that should be able to do it, if not I'll just try to do it myself but I'm sure I read somewhere that some shops may have a problem with the 6x9 frame size
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  23. Post #1743
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    September 2010
    2,898 Posts
    xpost from creative thread

    film shite


    silhouette by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    milngavie by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    up arthurs seat by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    trees by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    ewan taking a photo by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    selfie by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    glasgow central low level by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    defective door by codenamecueball, on Flickr
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  24. Post #1744
    communistcat's Avatar
    March 2011
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    Also I got 2 rolls of fuji press 800 for a pound each
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  25. Post #1745
    soy un perdedor
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    July 2010
    4,362 Posts
    Shinya Arimoto’s fridge.

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  26. Post #1746
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    February 2008
    2,928 Posts
    Are those yellow bottles juice or developing fluids?
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  27. Post #1747
    soy un perdedor
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    July 2010
    4,362 Posts
    Welch's HC 110 Lemonade.
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  28. Post #1748
    churboi austin
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    October 2007
    12,860 Posts
    color film tastes so much better than b/w
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  29. Post #1749
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    November 2009
    1,171 Posts
    i imagine color film would taste like skittles, and b&w would taste like chocolate milk.

    does that make me a fat ass?
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  30. Post #1750
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    August 2008
    627 Posts
    I just got a Nikon FE a few weeks ago from my dad with a sigma macro lens on it, works really well, just need to scan the pictures then I'll post them here. He found a Konica Autoreflex TC in our basement today as well, with a standard lens and a Hoya 80-200mm lens. Not sure what else the Hoya lens will fit, besides the Konica.
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  31. Post #1751
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    July 2007
    620 Posts
    Just dropped off 8 rolls of film (4xBW and 4Colour including 1 APS roll) to be developed.
    Hehe, last time i had film developed was like half an year ago
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  32. Post #1752

    January 2012
    37 Posts
    Just dropped off 8 rolls of film (4xBW and 4Colour including 1 APS roll) to be developed.
    Hehe, last time i had film developed was like half an year ago
    How much did it cost?
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  33. Post #1753
    frag4life's Avatar
    July 2007
    620 Posts
    How much did it cost?
    For APS film it costs 2,90 euro per roll.
    35mm C41 and BW film costs 2,59 euro per roll.
    (E6 would cost 2,75 euro per roll and framing them +2.75 euro)
    Our Dutch FP'ers who want to know where I'm letting them being developed: It's the Hema (http://www.hema.nl/foto/2-dagen-analoog.aspx).
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  34. Post #1754
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    For APS film it costs 2,90 euro per roll.
    35mm C41 and BW film costs 2,59 euro per roll.
    (E6 would cost 2,75 euro per roll and framing them +2.75 euro)
    Our Dutch FP'ers who want to know where I'm letting them being developed: It's the Hema (http://www.hema.nl/foto/2-dagen-analoog.aspx).
    whoa, E6 at 2.75 euro per roll? i asked at the place where i normally get films developed, they told me £11 per 35mm roll of E6 D:
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  35. Post #1755
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    July 2007
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    whoa, E6 at 2.75 euro per roll? i asked at the place where i normally get films developed, they told me £11 per 35mm roll of E6 D:
    I think this is so cheap because they send the rolls to the Fujifilm facility in Steenbergen, The Netherlands. They don't develop their own film. This is the cheapest way of having your pictures developed in the Netherlands AFAIK.
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  36. Post #1756

    February 2010
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    someone is finally listening to me! They are incredible cameras, fucking awesome lens and the usability is just perfect.

    these are the photos that I've taken with mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhasleh...7626342161739/
    imo the Canon AF35ML is one of the best compact 35mm camera's, you can find them quite cheap as well
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  37. Post #1757
    hzy
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    January 2009
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    imo the Canon AF35ML is one of the best compact 35mm camera's, you can find them quite cheap as well
    looked it up, seems pretty nice. 35mm is a tad too long for me. I'm looking at getting an Olympus Mju-II sometime in the near future.
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  38. Post #1758
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    April 2006
    956 Posts
    Just developed my first black and white film an hour ago, won't get to really look at them until next week though, so excited.
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  39. Post #1759

    January 2012
    37 Posts
    Pictures came out horrible D: don't know if to blame the people who did it or me?
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  40. Post #1760
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    September 2008
    1,508 Posts
    What's wrong with them?
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