New 55 is dead (and more).

New 55. who made polaroid film with a negative , has ceased business.  I found this out as i was about to find some of their R5 developer, which I used last. It made developing medium film easy. I will not be able to get the film. I may be able to get the developer.

We had to stop because the pod supplier dropped out.

The cessation of regular production of New55 PN is laid out here in Bob Crowley’s Dec 13th ’17 blog post, where Bob highlighted the project’s achievements and lessons learned.

For background, the “Pod Crisis” originated in summer-2017. It was very inconveniently timed during a crowdfunding campaign which had to be cancelled. The contemporaneous account is in the announcement made then on Kickstarter.

New55 is over. Famous Format ( will have what remains of stocks beginning mid-January. Monobath will be available then, too.

I would like to do a book. What do you think?

Yes, I have shot analogue and monochrome. Since Film Soup basically stopped, it has been hard to develop, and in the last year I have not had time to set up a darkroom.

Though I do have a shed, it does not have running water and is not lined. Or light tight.

I had to shrink this and shrink. Like I would a raw file.

In the meantime, I have managed to (use saved points) to acquire an AOC 4k screen. I chose this because it comes with the screen calibrated in the factory,

And it is huge. A screenshot is 5 MB: I have to reduce the photos to get them posted.

More importantly, the colours are accurate. This gives me more confidence with wildlife and (the very little) portraiture I do: it will help when I start scanning the New55 film I have kept.

And there is a little to share. To give you a hint, after I took this with the cellphone I went and got DLSR with a wide angle lens.



Dunedin, summer, and the death of film soup.

Reatha Kenny, who has run Film Soup, solo, is having to retire her business because of health issues. She has turned her facebook group into a place when people can discuss film, and she is finishing up the last orders she has. As part of this she asked me to find some photos.

This will leave a gap for people who can develop E6 (C41 is still fairly easy to get developed here). Here are three of the scans she did: there is more to come.

As Reatha has shut the business, I have removed her link from the site.

Today, however, I went electronic, using the Nikon V1, and a prime and wide angle lens. The camera (even though it only has a once inch (CX) sensor) produces 20 MP raw files, and I have been processing and cropping them in rawtherapee.

I will continue, of course, to shoot film. I am just going to have to increase my developing skills. C41 seems fairly easy, but e6 is a challenge.

St Clair, June Storm, Surfers.

This is from the June Analog files: Leica M6, 35 mm Voightlander. The files are foll size (and yes, there are surfers in most of these photos).

Let’s just say that the surfers were wearing their winter wetsuits.

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Winter Horses

Leica M6, 35 mm Lens, and the second snowfall of winter.

Photos transcribed from .tiff scans (done at Film Soup) in Shotwell, and are full size jpegs.

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It rained in Venice (analog)

Venice is as much about the people as the architecture.

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Bessa R, Voightlander 28 mm f1.4 lens, Ektar, processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup. Reatha deserves credit, because she spent a considerable amount of time in the scanning room getting this one right.

South Auckland rural, summer, Ektar.

I took a Mamiya TLR with me over summer (until it jammed) It was dry, and the film is somewhat saturated: but late December 2014 was golden.

Ektar, processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup. Minimal processing in Rawtherapee to 16 bit .pngs: be aware that even shrunk these files are over 7 MB if downloaded.

Why I use Film Soup (and you should to).

I sent seven films to Reatha at film soup over the weekend, having finished the last two films during a long walk with Robyn. Who is teaching me to switch off the automation on my DSLRs and mirrorless as well as the film cameras, where everything is manual.

The photos include: the Vienna trip, shots of birds at the gardens, and of my grandkids. Not all are for distribution. But it takes weeks to get the shots back, and this is because Reatha is meticulous about quality, and there is only one of her.

Particularly with E6 — as far as I know, she’s the only person who continues to do a good job with slide film. She is also relentlessly honest, and encouraging. But there is only one of her.

Eventually I will start developing my own black and white and scanning and printing the same. But until I have a darkroom set up, and for the more complex stuff, I continue to use Reatha.

And so should you. You can buy a good Nikon Autofocus SLR — or better, a rangefinder — for less than a baseline mirrorless camera. The lenses are cheap. It is far easier to travel with a few rolls of film and a couple of lenses and a rangefinder than with a DSLR. But you will have to be patient at the other end.

These were taken with a rangefinder — Leica M6 with Voightlander 35 mm lens. And they are the last of the summer films that worked.

Working Dunedin [Analog]

This is the first of multiple posts that will come from the summer’s film. The scans are slowly being posted — Reatha at Film Soup has done her usual good job.

Processing these from my end is quite easy: Reatha is slowly uploading the scans to dropbox, and I download them into Shotwell, which allows me to flip them around. The scans are fairly high quality.

As an aside, I’m moving away from using slideshows and back to mosaic approachs for the slideshows. All photos as 1200 pixels png.

St Kilda, Sunset, Ektar.

This is what happens when I have to cool down from an argument. I go somewhere by myself. In this case, St Kilda beach, on a cold spring evening, as the sun set.

C41 (Kodak Ektar) film: Mamiya 7 with 54 mm lens: processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup.