New Camera: Pentax SV, Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8, Kodak Ektar 100

As the title says, I have recently doubled the number of analogue cameras I own, adding the beautiful, Asahi Pentax SV, (early, green ‘R’ version), to the legendary Rolleiflex T2. It came packaged with the Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens, which unfortunately had some mild lens fungus around the edges of the inside of the rear element, though after some internet research, I managed to – carefully – get it cleaned off.

It is always advisable to shoot a test roll when acquiring a new camera; as I found out the hard way with the Rolleiflex, (loading problems leading to scratched film); so I ran a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 through, a film that I have used a couple of times before in the Rollei. And another lesson that has come to light is that getting used to handholding manual-focus lenses is something that I’m going to have to practice, especially when limited to ‘available light’.

The film was developed, scanned and printed at Ag-Photographic‘s processing lab, Ag-Photolab, as we only have the basic facility to process our own B&W films at home.

Anyway, here are a few of the results:

We have lots of this kind of thing in our new house.
We have lots of this kind of thing in our new house.

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New Beginnings…

At last, we have developed our first film! After much bargaining, begging and borrowing, my partner Sarah and I have finally amassed enough equipment to construct our very first, (makeshift-but-useable), darkroom and having recently moved into a new apartment, we actually have a relatively defined space in which to do so.

I’m not going to talk too much in these posts to begin with, as we’re just starting out and have very little knowledge on the subject, but I would certainly welcome any pointers, critique etc…, so don’t feel shy and comment away!

A few initial observations and informations:

The film is scratched, due to feeding it ‘under’ the roller bar, rather than over it. Unfortunately we used a few films in this way before realising, so the first few posts here will show consistent vertical bars in all images.

The negatives have been ‘scanned’ using a lightbox and dSLR camera, shot at 155mm, ISO 100, f22 and at slightly variable shutter speeds; the latter defined by the image brightness.

Furthermore, we shot this particular film at ISO 100, but when negatives were inverted in Photoshop Elements, they appeared somewhat overexposed so contrast and brightness has been altered, (box speed or faster next time!).

Anyhow, here we have some shots from both the Peak and Lake Districts, shot earlier this year on a Rolleiflex T1, on medium format Ilford FP4+ 125, metered by the Rolleiflex, shot at ISO 100 and developed in Perceptol 1:3 for ISO 125, (in accordance with the Massive Dev Chart guidelines):

The Edale Valley - from Roman Road.
The Edale Valley – from Roman Road.

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