Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

The best color film? Probably the Ektar. Pulls the colors out. Doesn’t saturate like velvia jpegs. Less grainy than portra. Right?

These came back and the scans popped out. Posted a few a couple of week’s ago. Still finding gems in this roll.

Ektar always makes me forget my digital camera.

Here you go:

Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Holeman Road, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

Silberra u400 | Rollei 35 S

OK. I have a new favorite film.

A few weeks back I ordered some Silberra u400 from the UK film powerhouse Analogue Wonderland. It’s a Russian film ordered by an American sent by a British company. I had no idea what I was getting.

The scans came back today and I was blown away by the shadows and contrast. Along with it’s near polar opposite (Ektar 100?) I’ll add this to my rotation.

I particularly liked how it rendered the reflections in the water.

Here are some shots.

Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.

Ilford Delta 400 | Rollei 35 S

Back from Moonphoto comes this weeks scans: Ilford Delta 400 shot with the Rollei 35 S.

The first three shots are architectural. Two from Ballard, including the first one of the award winning Ballard Library, and the third a building on the campus of Northwest Hospital.

Other writers have gushed about this film. I won’t go that far. My favorite black and white film is probably the Fomopan 100. But I may have been misusing this film. With the high, bright overcast sky, my pictures seem washed out a bit. I’d like to see more inky blacks; more charcoal.

But the following are acceptable to me. Especially the second and third.

Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Carkeek Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.

Kodak Portra 400 | Rollei 35 S

From the same roll as the Ballard post a few days ago, these photos show how Kodak’s Portra 400 renders nature’s greens and reds.

Greenlake.
Seattle, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Gig Harbor, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Ellensburg, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Gig Harbor, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Loyal Heights, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400

Ballard | Kodak Portra 400 | Rollei 35 S

Fast becoming my favorite camera, the Rollei 35 S is perfect for walking around. The lens is tack sharp when you get the zone focus right. It feels like a small brick.

Portra is a classic Kodak Film. I’ve shot the 160 and the 800. I think the 400 is really the sweet spot.

Here’s a few samples from mid September.

Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.

Taormina, Sicily | Kodak Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

More scans coming back from Moonphoto. This time it’s three rolls of Ektar 100.

The Rollei, when you get the focus right, takes truly incredible pictures.

Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

Fomopan 100 | Rollei 35 S

Looking at the undeveloped roll of Fomopan 400 sitting on my desk, I decided to check my archives and revisit some of my favorite black and white photos from a couple of years ago. I found some Fomopan 100.

Josh Soloman reviewed the film for Casual Photophile. His conclusion?

“Fomapan 100’s results for general photography leave me wanting. Every time I tried a casual snapshot, the film bit back with way too much contrast, not to mention that it featured a strange milky flatness in the midtones that makes skin look mannequin-esque. (Note: this quirk improves greatly in Fomapan 100’s 120 format – but that’s a review for another day). Unlike other slow black-and-white films like Fuji Acros, Ilford Delta 100, and Kodak T-max 100, Fomapan 100 can’t be used for every situation. In fact, I’d say that it’s one of the most inflexible films on the market. “

I like the inky blackness that comes with the Fomopan. It enhances the late winter chill; it empties the scene of color and warmth. -I’m probably not putting these photos on greeting cards, but I’ll definitely shoot some rolls this winter with my camera pointed at the dormant trees.

I’m never disappointed by the Rollei 35 S.

Ellensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Ellensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Elensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Seattle, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
King County Courthouse, Seattle, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Ballard, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.

What do you think?