2018 Film Resolutions

I started shooting film in 2010 on a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 that my grandma gave me. I put one or two rolls through them over the span of a few months and lost them. Film wasn't a large part of what I was doing photographically and at the time I just didn't want to spend money on film.

Fast forward to 2014. I wanted to get back into film and after a few days I want an eBay lot for 2 Canon AE-1s, one being an AE-1 Program. Snagged a 50mm lens with the money from selling the AE-1 Program and bought a few rolls of Superia and Kodak BW400CN. It took me forever to get through a few rolls and then after receiving the scans back from Walgreens, I was totally discouraged.

2015 came and I tried again, this time with medium format and home development. I bought a Mamiya RZ67 Pro and the Sekor 180mm lens and started really getting into shooting film. Since then I've shot on and off until the start of this website some months ago. 

2018 is a few days away and film is on the agenda

Things that WILL happen this year. ( Or so I tell myself)

  • Shoot more expired black and white film. 
  • Get away from Ilford's line of black and white films.
  • Shoot more color film at night.
  • Shoot more Polaroid and Fuji Fp-100C
  • Accept commissioned work.
  • Dial in a home development kit. (Instead of working out of a cardboard box)
  • Learn more about the science of development.
  • Introduction to large format. 
  • Produce a book.

I've been super inspired lately and I really want to shoot film as much as I can. I want to have a nice archive at the end of the year full of negatives that I'm proud of.


I have a new post coming soon for a roll I'm sorta stoked over as well as a trip to Nashville that I want to shoot. Till then...

Rise of Film / Dev Note / Bergger Pancro 400


Ahhhh the first post of the Rise of Film series. Hopefully Rollei Vario Chrome will come next (not much of a color shooter so will see how this goes) and Ferrania P30 will come next. 


Bergger Pancro 400 (35 mm)

Shot on Canonet QL17 GIII


Kodak HC-110 (1:31) with a total time of 8:20 @ 70 degrees. 30 second agitation at beginning and 10 second agitation at start of every following minute.


High quality H20 @ 70 degrees for a 0:45 agitation.


Kodak Pro for 6:30 with 30 second agitations every other 30 seconds. 


0:30 H20 agitation then dump.


5:00 H20 overflow.


0:30 agitation with Kodak Photo-flo.


Rise of Film / New Kids on the Block


I know I'm a little late to this party and I'm going to keep this post short and sweet.

Im stoked that companies are rolling out new films or reviving old films. The photo community is recognizing film more and more and its thanks to the growing #filmisnotdead / #filmsnotdead etc.. movement. 

I really hope film companies keep coming out with new films or start reproducing old films after they see the expanding community of people who will still buy the product. If this happens, the price of film could fall and it wouldn't cost people who don't develop their own junk so much money to get into film.

Some New (Relatively) Stuff...

  • Rollei Vario Chrome


This is a new color slide film from Macodirect which is intended for more low day-light situations with a tad bit of warmth to the tone. 200-400 iso available. Just remember its slide film so get that E-6 ready.

Few Samples from the MACO IG...


  • Ferrania P30


This is the rebirth of an italian cinema film brand that started in 1917 and nicknamed the "Kodak of Italy." Its new film stock, P30, is an 80 iso panchromatic film which is an emulsion that produces a realistic reproduction of a scene as it appears to the human eye. Im pretty stocked for this film but its going to be hard to get in the beginning of its life. Its an ALPHA right now so supply is very limited. 


  • Bergger Pancro 400


This is a newer stock im pretty excited about as well. Its fairly cheap on B&H. The tone of the greyscale gives an old world feel. 

"BERGGER Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film , composed with silver bromide and silver iodide. They differ by the size of their grain. These properties allow a wide exposure latitude.  Cristals are precipitated by double-jet process, under the control of a computer. The two emulsions are panchromatic, and are stabilized by high tech systems.

BERGGER Pancro400 in 135 is coated on a 135 microns acetate base and includes DX Coding. It is designed with an undercoated anti-halation layer which clarifies during processing, and a anti-curling layer." -Bergger




to by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

to by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

Photo by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

Photo by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

I'm going to attempt to get my hands on all these new films that have and will come out this year and post them in this series, "Film Revival Series." 

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Canon Canonet QL17 GIII Rangefinder

Front page of QL17 GIII Manual

Front page of QL17 GIII Manual

I've recently fallen in love with rangefinders. Every single model has an aura about them that only resembles something cool. For me, I think its the fact that you aren't peering through a concoction of angled mirrors, or maybe its just because I love boxy objects. Those Leica "M" line rangefinders have top plates that are so ridiculously sexy with that swooping L engraved into the Leica name. 

What do you do though when you can't afford a sexy Leica? You get the "poor man's Leica," as the QL17 GIII is so lovingly named. 

I picked one of these up off eBay a while back from a guy who services cameras and sells them. I payed a little more as it had just been serviced and he had replaced all the light seals. Canon produced the QL17 from 1972 to 1982 while creating three models or "gens," which you can see on the front of the camera (GIII).

One cool thing to notice is the CDS cell on the filter ring of the lens. If you have a filter screwed on this little thing will compensate for it which is sorta nifty I guess.

Rangefinders are usually pretty nice in size and this one is fairly compact. Its also really simple to use. All the parameters for aperture, shutter speed, and film speed are all set on a 40mm F/1.7 flash-sync lens as it is non-detachable. A little focus lever extends off the side of the lens, which for me is quite awkward to use and based on the first 6 or 7 rolls I shot, it's very hard to get a crisp subject wheN at f/4 and under.

The back yields a battery check button and light. Although the camera can be used with no battery whatsoever, when then lens is set to auto the internal light meter will automatically decide what aperture to use based off your shutter speed. When the lens is set to "A" the light meter is continuously running so you'll have to turn the aperture off auto when you aren't using the camera. 

The orange stripes in the little window dance back and forth when advancing the film to let you know that nothing is jacked up. 

When I first started shooting with this, I thought it was broken. Its so quiet that I couldn't hear the shutter slap. I had to slow it down to 1/4th sec and look down through lens to see if the shutter was opening and closing. QL17s tend to have sticky aperture blades which have to be accessed through the back of the camera which is a pain.

One of the things I don't like about this camera is its fastest shutter speed is 1/500th which makes it easy to underexpose in broad daylight. Your basically running f/16 and 1/500th the whole stupid time your in the midday sun. I also don't necessarily love the way you focus the thing. The little nub that sticks out is easy to miss in quick scenarios but overall, I love it.  

Cool stuff anyways. Looks pretty sexy with the G-III in red on the front. I take it with me just about everywhere I go.

A few recent shots from mine...

Ilford HP5+ 400

Ilford HP5+ 400

Ilford HP5+ 400

Ilford HP5+ 400

Ilford HP5+ 400

Ilford HP5+ 400

Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400