Enter the Konica Wai Wai

Somehow, I’ve managed to be on Twitter at just the right time, twice, to catch generous offers from Dan K: first for a giveaway, through which I scored a bunch of different black & white films, some disposables, and some other stuff; the second to score 1 of 4 reloaded Konica Wai Wai disposables…

I tried to come up with some sort of clever title for this post. “It’s my Konica and I’ll Wai Wai if I want to” was the clear favorite, but still seemed too silly, and while the Wai Wai is a 15 year old, plastic, disposable camera, maybe it deserves a bit more respect than that. Continue reading “Enter the Konica Wai Wai”

Rollei RPX 100 – a review in 3 parts

Back in October 2017, I was blessed to take part in one of Dan K’s generous giveaways over on Twitter. It consisted of a gift certificate to Camera Film Photo and shipping, and I picked up a bunch of black & white film that I hadn’t tried before, including 5 rolls of Rollei RPX 100 in a Japan Camera Hunter Half Case.

I shot the first three rolls rather quickly, but sat on the last two for a few months, and by April 2018, I was all out. Will I buy more? I don’t know. Maybe. It’s a nice enough film, with pleasant grain, good tonal separation and nice contrast, but it’s a bit expensive, almost double the price of Fomapan 200 and a third more than FP4+, both of which I prefer. Still, it’s a nice enough film, and I’m glad I tried it. Continue reading “Rollei RPX 100 – a review in 3 parts”

Kosmo Foto Mono at the Neighborhood Picnic

The weekend before Ramadan, the neighborhood got together for a picnic. Fun! About 5 minutes after it was supposed to start, I received a frantic call from brother Riyaz, one of the organizers. He was breathless. “Brother James… we need a photographer here… hurry.”

I was happy to oblige, and, interestingly, I had just received 3 rolls of Kosmo Foto Mono, so I grabbed 3 cameras, loaded the 3 rolls of Kosmo into them, and off I went… Continue reading “Kosmo Foto Mono at the Neighborhood Picnic”

Fun with Bulk Loading (and broken cameras)

When bulk-loading film with small, daylight-type bulkloaders, you’re likely to have some film wastage, especially if you don’t your bulk loading in a darkroom (or sweaty dark bag). This can make for some fun color washes, sure, but it stops being fun after awhile, especially when you lose 6-8 frames at the beginning of every roll. And then there’s the last frame: you’re always going to lose that due to the taping-on that’s usually done in the light. And then there are the manufacturing defects (or whatever) that sometimes show up. And then there’s the issue of broken cameras…

So many issues, and good times, all. Continue reading “Fun with Bulk Loading (and broken cameras)”

Lomography Color 800 – first rolls review

Everyone needs a good, fast color stock. And with Fuji(not)Film discontinuing it’s excellent Natura 1600, it looks like we’re down to 4: Cinestill 800T, Fuji Superia X-TRA 800 (but for how long?), Kodak Portra 800, and Lomography Color 800. I’m sitting on a dozen rolls of frozen Natura, but that’s my retirement fund, so I’m looking for a good, fast color stock, so I picked up some Lomography 800 and took it for a spin. Continue reading “Lomography Color 800 – first rolls review”

FP4Partying with the Cambo C2 roll film holder

I’m not sure where I got the itch for a 6×7 format camera, but I’ve had it for awhile. I thought seriously about buying an RB or RZ 67 camera some years ago when the prices were still cheap, and every now and again go looking at Mamiya 7s and Plaubel Makina 67s and Pentax 67s and just hang my head.

But there is one option out there where the price has actually come down… Roll Film Holders for 4×5 cameras. Continue reading “FP4Partying with the Cambo C2 roll film holder”