Güten Tag from the City of Angels

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by sidearm613, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. sidearm613

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    Greetings APUG!
    I recently joined this group because I love the look of black and white film and i love to get my hands dirty(ish) and develop my own film.
    I have been using film for a few years on a canon EOS.
    I always wanted that Hasselblad in the window, but i saw the price tag and realized i was jobless.
    I have a habit of shooting scenes that are more disgusting than grand. I would rather train my manual focus on a homeless man smoking a joint against a McDonalds drive through wall than photograph the Grand Canyon in all its splendor.
    I really want to try IR film, and i have been looking hard, but the stuff is expensive and hard to process.
    I would also like to shoot medium format, and if anybody has recommendations for an affordable 120 camera they should tell me.
    I'm rambling, so I'm gonna shut up now....

    David
     
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    Welcome to APUG, as for the camera, get an Holga!



    André
     
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    Welcome to APUG. There's lots of info here on B&W IR...just do a search. With the right filter and a meter (in or out of camera), you'll be fine.

    S
     
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    Hello from Richmond Va.

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    Hello from western PA. In addition to Holgas, there are old 120 folders that work well if you have a separate meter or are good at guessing. And IR isn't any tougher to process, you just need a light tight place to load the camera. Or start with Ilford's SFX - it isn't really IR, but can give the effect and it's pretty easy to deal with. Enjoy APUG! It's a great resource.
     
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    Welcome from the frozen Canadian prairies!
     
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    Howdy from Highland Park.

    Try Efke IR 820 with a Hoya R72 filter developed in D-19 for a start. Meter the film as EI 100, then add seven to ten stops! Use it in small format to get the most grain, and if you really want it as grainy as possible, give it even MORE exposure.
     
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    Greetings from Pittsburgh, Pa and Phoenix (I go back and forth due to work)!

    APUG is great.

    When I got into medium format I went to that auction site and found a medium format setup (camera, three lenses) that someone was unloading, got it cheap.

    It worked for me.
     
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    Welcome to the group. GREAT AVATAR.
     
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    I was thinking of using Rodinal simply because it works with IR 820 and Rollei IR. also, I use an EOS camera so i am a bit concerned about my sprocket counter and my pressure plate. any good ideas?
     
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    Andre,
    i heard that Holgas generate terrible exposures...is this true?
     
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    Check the manual for the EOS. It will probably say whether it is IR safe or not. Certain EOS cameras are not, and others are.

    Any b/w developer will work with any b/w film, so might as well use use whatever developer you have handy if you don't want to use D-19. The reason I suggested D-19 was to increase the grain and contrast to give the more stereotypical HIE look. If you don't use a harsh developer like D-19, expect to have to give one or two stops more exposure.
     
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    I don't know, I never used one, but it's cheap!


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    I think they are overpriced, personally...but I am biased because I don't like them all that much as it is. If I wanted a crap camera, I would pick up an old 120 Brownie or something similar for under $5. If you're gonna spend that much on a toy camera, I think the Diana package with the book is a better deal, even though it is a bit more money. At least you get a book and a pinhole. (It also looks cooler.)
     
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