So, I bought a pile of 65mm negative film

I found a good deal on some 65mm film. Now what?

My plan is to slit it down to make 220 film. I like my Hasselblad 500c/m and the E6 out of it is just amazing on the lighttable. So, how to cost effectively shoot more? Hence, the 65mm film.

Since 120/220 is nominally 60mm wide, how hard can it be to accurately trim 2.5mm off each side? Hmm…


But I’m getting ahead of myself here. What are my options for exposing this stuff? With a usable space between the sprocket holes of ~52mm, we are not very far from the actual 56x56mm image area of normal Hasselblad images.


The A12V back is a 4.5×6 back that gives you portrait format 645 on standard 120 film, at the expense of image area on the right and left. Given I have the sprocket holes already taking up space, the loss offends me a lot less. So lets slip the film into the back and mark the maximum image with a pen:


It doesn’t look too bad. By the way, the thick (badly aligned) lines are actually a 60mmx45mm. So the A12V is noticeably smaller than that. Closer to ~53×39, but still a very good option and likely to give the A12V more work than it currently gets.

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What about an A12 6×6? Actually, this doesn’t look too bad does it? The sprocket holes are only just intruding into the image area. I’m liking this more and more.


Ok, can I process this stuff? If I can’t easily get it into my reels, then life gets much harder. On my first try, the radial spokes in my stainless steel reel kinked the film and made loading impossible. So, I trimmed ~2mm off one side. Much better, I could load, but the film still kinked at each spoke, so another 2mm off the other side. Very good. The film loads easily (the base is much stiffer than the commercial 120 I’m used to) and has a very small amount of play side to side. Just like normal 120.

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Now, of course, I need some way to slit 33 inches (840mm) of the stuff to make 120 and twice that for 220. In the dark. Without cutting me too. Time to go to the hardware store and start experimenting.


Hot crossed buns

I have been making at least a few batches of hot crossed buns every year for many years. But Amelia turned out to be so sensitive to wheat that initially I couldn’t even cook wheat containing meals in the same kitchen. I tried making various wheat free versions. But now that we are wheat, egg, rice and corn free…. I’ve not succeeded in making an acceptable tapioca bun.

This year, things are under better control. I can make some wheat things like pancakes without bad reactions, so I started a small batch of buns last night

When I baked them today we got tasty light buns. So happy.

A view that no longer exists…


A photo from 2009 when we still lived in the flat in Sutherland.

Now there is a block of flats and a rail commuter car park where this photo is looking.

Our house is great, but we can’t see the horizon for sunrise or sunset. I miss sunset especially in autumn as it mostly coincided with cooking the evening meal. The photo is much the same view as I had from the kitchen. So, life moves on I guess.

Old is new again

Back in the 80s, Dad let me use his Nikon F with the photomic finder. Here is a slide from that era:

(Remember, these sat around for ~30 years before processing. This is a crop and was taken near the wreck of the Cherry Venture, at a guess Dad shot this with his F3)

Much later I’d use the same camera with a 55mm macro to make many of the pictures in my PhD thesis. I wonder where those negatives are?

Now, with new light seals, and the meter back in working condition, I’m having a blast shooting the back yard.


Has it really been that long?

You SHOULD own (lots of) gear

It seems it’s all the rage now to write blog posts about how you dumped 20k of canon/nikon gear, got a M4/3 (or whatever) and “found” your artistic vision. Whatever works for you. But I don’t think you should try to persuade everyone else that this is the “one true way” though.

I’ve got lots of nice film gear. And lots of nice digital gear. And some cool medium format and rangefinder stuff. At a stretch I can do 4×5 with some salvaged technical microscope cameras too. I love it all. I want more of it.

I don’t take it all out with me. That would be madness. But seriously. A 200/2.8 makes nice portraits. But it does lots of other stuff too just walk a bit. Take one camera/lens and shoot. Then think about it. And shoot some more.

At five, my daughter had started to pose. This had made the natural photos harder to get. But I’m getting more opportunities to shoot carefully. I don’t see me reducing the amount of gear anytime soon.

I still want a big format camera too.


Toys are fun

D300 ISO200

Nikkor 70-210 f/4=> 210, f/4, 1/640

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Nikkor 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 => 300, f/5.6, 1/320

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Nikkor 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 => 190, f/5.3, 1/400

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Nikkor 300 f/4 => 1/400

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Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 => f/4, 1/800

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Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 => f/2.8, 1/1600

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