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.
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 (http://famousformat.com) 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.
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.
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.
Venice is as much about the people as the architecture.
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.
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.
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.