PDXchange Portland Oregon March 4th-7th 2004


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6.jpg Hmmm, my Metz 54 flash is acting funny. Oh well, nothing to worry about. I trust German engineering.
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Friday

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12.jpg Bam! Right before Chazz Young starts his performance, my Metz 54 flash explodes right above my left ear. This is or was a super professional flash and it didn't even last a year! Naturally I had left all of my backup flashes at home, so everything here on is non-flash.
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28.jpg OK I have a replacement flash but its color temperature is a little funny.
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Sunday Afternoon

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81.jpg I'm continuing my experiment with using B&W film in ancient cameras for the outdoor events. I have very little experience with film much less cameras that are manual focus and manual exposure. I started this at the Seattle Exchange. But this time I'm using cheap crappy B&W film.
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82.jpg This Agfa APX 400 is the worst of the lot. Good god. No contrast, no sharpness and grain grain grain! I was shooting at ISO 320. I guess it's OK if you just want to scan them and post them on the Internet but then maybe you could use a Barbie Digital Camera for that.
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83.jpg BTW the lenses I'm using are a 200mm f2.8, a 28mm f2.8, and a fifty year old 55mm f1.2.
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86.jpg Uh, it looks like this 30 year old shutter doesn't work too well at 1/1000th seconds any more!
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93.jpg OK now we're on to Kodak T-Max 400. Not so bad. It's got a little too much grain but at least it has reasonable contrast. It's also very cheap.
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108.jpg Next up... Ilford HP5 400. Not as much contrast (maybe I shouldn't have shot it at ISO 320) but less grain than the other two. I think it looks smoother than the FP4 I used at the Seattle Exchange and this is a faster film.
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114.jpg It doesn't hold the overexposed areas as well as the Kodak. Blonde hair and light areas tend to blow out but I did purposely overexpose it a little.
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120.jpg Now I'm using my favorite B&W film -- Ilford XP2. Yes I used it at the Seattle Exchange and it's awesome. Technically it's not B&W film (it's color film treated to print B&W) and it's kind of expensive but damn it's got everything! It scans very very well at 2000x3000.
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128.jpg Do you see any grain here? I don't and I had them scanned at 2000x3000.
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129.jpg Holy moly, see how smooth this film is?
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132.jpg Here you can see how it falls apart with a little underexposure (the backlight off of the building was throwing off the ancient meter). Areas get a little grey but they don't grain out.
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