Well the one use camera project failed – but while Nita was snapping away with a light leaking dog toy, I was using Poundland film in my trusty little Olympus XA2. This film costs me a quid a roll of 35mm. Labelled as AgfaPhoto (to distinguish it from the defunct Agfa) Vista Plus 200, it’s rumoured to be a repackaged variant of Fujifilm C200. Incredible value colour film. However, I’m not yet inspired enough to try and develop C41 film. But I do have plenty of Ilford B&W chemicals and a Paterson tank. I can get it commercially C41 process developed at a local photo lab or two, but that’s more expense, and I’m trying to be the tight fisted photographer. To be honest, I could get it developed only (no prints) at one local photo lab for only three quid a film. Tempting, but it’s nice to DIY isn’t it?
So cross process it was. In the same tank as the Kodak GT800 that I posted on yesterday. A dilution of 3:1 water/ ID11 stock at 20C for 22 minutes. Inversions 10s in each minute.
The negatives are ugly, and you need to tweak the scanner to produce results on digitalisation. I scan using my Epson Perfection V500 set for color negatives, but saving as 16 bit greyscale images. A bit more tweaking post scan on Gimp, particularly on Levels. I think that’s passable b&w film photography. A quid a roll and cheap b&w home developing. Cheapskate tight fisted film photography, and with the 50p compact camera!
Talking about Poundland film, I have recently heard rumours that some stores are temporarily retailing 36 exposure AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200, rather than the 24 exposure films.
A few years ago, Poundland stores were selling a mixture of colour 135 film types, but shifting to the AgfaPhoto brand. At first, this was not a problem, as they were 36 exposure films, incredible value for GBP £1.00. A local photo lab would C41 develop them for me (no prints) for £2.50 a film – regardless of 24 or 36 frame. That worked out to an incredibly cheap rate of 8p per exposure – cost of film and developing! I did buy quite a few, but when new supplies reached the stores a year ago, they were replaced by 24 exposure films. Still great value, but less exposures for your pound.
I recently ran out of 36’s, and started to resort to 24’s, when I heard the rumour. My local Poundland is still retailing the 24’s. However, on a visit to Kings Lynn today, I popped in the Lynn branch …. and there sat a box with twenty beautiful AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 36 exposure 135 films!!! Of course I bought the bloody lot. The box underneath were 24’s. Sorry Kings Lynn cheapskate photographers, I raided your supply. Twenty quid for 720 x 35 mm exposure frames. Now that’s tight fisted.