further experiments: my first roll of medium-format film, on an untested 1950s folding camera, using Ilford XP2, which is not meant to be developed in normal B&W chemistry so I had to make up the times.

Amazingly, there are actually pictures coming out on the film. I mean, let's not assume they're in focus or reasonably exposed, but still.


The camera itself is surprisingly well-preserved for something that has "MADE IN GERMANY US-ZONE" on the back. Retail UK price was £10/4/4 for this model, which is pretty close to what I paid on ebay last week.

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Technically really interesting to use as well - the shutter controls are all on the lens itself, so you set aperture and exposure, cock the shutter, and then that's it. No meter, but thankfully a phone takes care of that these days...

Focusing is entirely by a distance dial - this was the cheap model of the series, with no rangefinder. (You paid almost twice as much for that, but you did also get a wider lens)

Medium format film seemed quite scary (separate paper backing! little sticky tabs! no canister!) but turned out very straightforward to use - spooling it into a tank was really smooth and honestly a bit less fiddly than 35mm. No need for cutting anything. Not sure this is going to be a regular thing, but definitely fun.

Second 120 film today - spooling a little fiddlier but came out OK. Quality looks excellent for a 70-year-old camera & lens! Going to be a pain to scan, though...

(in my notes this is "Dud shot at f/16 1/200", I had assumed it was underexposed and written it off. Phone metering remains a bit challenging.)

I really need to find something better than a flatbed for this, but it's definitely working.

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