THIS MAY WELL BE THE CHEAPEST FILM IN THE WORLD, BUT IT STILL LOOKS BETTER BIGGER. CLICK THE PICS AND SEE THEM IN THEIR OWN SUPER-GRAINY WINDOW.
Regular readers may have worked out that I’m a bit of a skinflint… If I can get away with doing something on the cheap then nine times out of ten, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
But…I’m also a bit of a snob…So, when I heard that ‘Poundland’, (schhh don’t tell anyone), was selling rolls of AGFA 200 asa colour print film for, (you guessed it), a pound, I was torn.
Should I bite the bullet and dash into the shop, hoping no-one sees me, swiftly grab a handful of rolls, chuck some coins at the cashier and scarper super quick, OR, should I pass up the chance of trying some 35mm colour film for a fraction of the normal cost but maintain my, very convincing, quasi-posh, middle class façade. It was a damn tough call.
In the end I did what any normal, aspirational, upwardly mobile, zeitgeist aware, man about town would do, and wore a disguise.
I haven’t shot colour print film for around thirty years…Last time I did I’m pretty sure it was on a camera that used cassette type film spools…GOD I’M OLD !
I used my wonderful little 1950’s ‘Werra 3’ rangefinder, 50mm Tessar lens and calculated exposure with a handheld ‘Leningrad’ light meter. Negs were developed in an hour at a high street lab, and I scanned them using my Epson V600 with just a slight widening of the histogram…Other than that they’re straight from camera.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde