Time-travel back to 1988...what were you using?--Color

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by skystrick, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. skystrick

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    Just curious to see how much the last 25 years has changed the field of photography...

    Just for fun!

    Okay, back in 1988, what were you using for:
    (1) Top most-used camera?
    (2) Top most-used color film?
    (3) Top most-used paper?
    (4) B&W enlarger w/ color pack, dichro color enlarger, or somethine else? - Bonus points if you can you remember the model!


    If 1988's too specific, we can just say "the 1980s". :smile:
     
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    For 1988 this:

    1) IIRC a 1959 nikon F
    2) Kodachrome 64
    3) Whatever the lab returned, or for BW, ilford/agfa/valca depending on offers
    4) by then I just moved across countries and I bought a cheap & unknow secondhand enlarger which was slightly wobbly, at that time most were slides.
     
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    I was 13 years old, shooting with the Olympus OM-G that my dad bought me for my 11th birthday. I had a 50mm f1.8 and a 28mm f2.8 lens, both Olympus Zuiko lenses. I had never used black and white film or done my own processing, that would have to wait till I took photography in high school a few years later. I shot Kodak's amateur color neg films. I think it was Kodacolor VR-G, usually in 100 speed. Got it processed by a local lab.

    I don't have the camera anymore. It was broken in a car accident when I was 16. Totaled my car, too. Replaced the camera with an Olympus OM-4T
     
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    That's 25 years back and I thought I was having problems with short term memory loss! The camera almost certainly a Nikon F or very similar but definitely a Nikon with prime lenses and possibly a Rollieflex 'T'. My enlarger was definitely a LPL7700 with a Nikkor lens for both formats (Still got it and only changed the bulb twice!) and the film would have been FP4/Tri X and for colour, Agfa slide. I didn't start C41 printing until about 1990.
     
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    In 1988 I was 24 and had only one camera. A Nikon FG.


    Steve.
     
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    I was using my Canon AE-1 that my dad gave me back in 1977 when I was 12.
     
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    In 1988 my wife and I sold our previous house and moved into our present one, I had 2 new Canon F1's, an A1 and a T90 and 2 mamiya C330F's, I sold the A1 recently and bought another new F1 body, I still have and use the same cameras. I used to shoot a lot of Agfa Portra 160 on those days and Agfa 50S and Ektachrome 64 slide film sadly all no longer with us.
     
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    A Nikon F3 which I still have
    My "go to" film was Kodachrome
    Color prints were on whatever the lab used, but my preference was Kodak.
    No darkroom at the time.
     
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    Looking through the family archive I think my parents quit using B&W film around the mid '60s. I remember on holiday we used to give our 110 cartridges to this processing place on the high street that boasted a 30 minutes turnaround, so quick the prints were still tacky. Their machine was in the window and prints would pass by as they were drying on a conveyor - interesting to see all the family photos - then excitement would come as we spotted our own shots. Kodak, Fuji and the rest were too expensive so we always bought the shop brands of film.
     
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    1988? My Brothers Olympus 35mm Point and Shoot, or my Plastic Kodak Brownie that took 110 film

    The film? Back then it would have had to be Kodacolor Gold.
     
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    1. Hasselblad 500 C/M
    2. Kodachrome 64 and 25
    3. Ilford Multigrade
    4. Besseler 45 MXT w/dichro color head
     
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    1) Nikon F
    2) Agfa color negative
    3) Lab prints
    4) n/a
     
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    Shooting Ektachrome 64, FP-4 and the last of my Panotomic X (this was a sad time).
     
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    My Mom's K1000.

    I don't remember what film I used mostly, but I think she'd bought it at Duffy's in Clovis NM.
    The camera disappeared at Disneyland a couple years later.
     
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    1. Nikon FA (I still have it)
    2. Fujichrome 100ASA slide film.
    3. Whatever the lab used.
    4. Not applicable to me.
     
  18. I was 16 years old and had just bought my first SLR: a Konica TC-X, that I bought for use in a high school photography class. That camera traveled around the world with me, and brought me many hours of happy shooting. I used whatever was readily available for film, mostly Kodak consumer films with a fair amount of black & white for good measure. I used to work at a drugstore, so I got a small discount on my film processing. I still have that camera today.
     
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    1988 is the year I bought a brand new Minolta 7000 kit. I shot whatever colour film I could find and had negs and prints made in the lab. I still have some of the prints and I think my brother still has the camera somewhere. I had no access to a darkroom at the time.
     
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    I was shooting a Minolta XD5 and Ektar 25 film.
     
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    I'm still using the same cameras as I did in 1988, I've only bought two since then a Canon EF body, and a new Canon F1 body, I don't like constantly changing cameras you can never operate them without thinking.
     
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    I was shooting mostly my wife's generic Minolta 35mm Point and Shoot. It took OK pictures.

    On occasion I would drag out my Olympus OM-1 but we were too active at that time to worry about photo gear.

    Grab and go was the theme of the day.

    I always bought Kodak color film at the drugstore/supermarket and got upset if my wife or daughters bought Fuji! :smile:

    Looking back at the old negatives now, the Kodak actually did hold up better over time.

    Cheap 1-hour mini-labs where popping up everywhere and their processing and prints have NOT held up over time. The stuff I sent out to Kodak labs for processing and prints is still beautiful even today. Especially the prints.

    I sure wish we could get color lab prints on that same paper! The stuff was perfect - not like the sh** (er.. junk) of today.
     
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    (1) Top most-used camera?

    Busch Pressman D with 120 film back. My Wista 45sp didn't come until 1989.

    (2) Top most-used color film?

    Oh gosh-maybe Fujichrome 100? If they made that then? I also shot some Extrachrome. A few polaroids.

    (3) Top most-used paper?

    Oriental Seagull, Kodak Elite

    (4) B&W enlarger w/ color pack, dichro color enlarger, or somethine else? - Bonus points if you can you remember the model!

    Omega DII with cold light head with 162mm Raptar, IIRC
     
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    Let's see in 1988 I didn't have a darkroom--I had one from 1973-1985. I would have been shooting Kodachrome in my F3HP using a 24mm f/2.8 or and 85mm f/2.0. Occasionally I would shoot Tri-X but it was killing me to not be able to process my own film.
     
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    In 1988? At that time I only have a Minolta SR-t 101 with a 28mm a 50mm and a 70-210mm zoom. I bought the whole set for $45. I was broke at the time. Don't have any other equipment. I started to buy equipment in 1977 and my first camera was a Nikon F2AS and then I added the EM and the F3HP and then the Olympus XA. I got the Beseler 23CII with the dichroic head and use Kodak ektacolor paper and EP2 chemistry. I managed an 1 hr lab in 1983 so I do most of my processing there and only the enlargement at home. In 1984 my F2AS got stolen and I sold the Olympus XA to a co-worker who never paid me. I went broke in 1985 so I sold all of my equipment then. I used the Minolta SRT way until 2002 when I bought the Nikon F5 and then several others after that.
     
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    In 1988 my primary color film was ECN 5247, ISO 100. I began transitioning to ECN 5297, ISO 250 that year. I used a Canon F-1n and a pair of FTbs.