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Long Daylight Exposure Chart: Fomapan 100

By popular request by the infamous Phil Bond of Phil Bond Photography , here's a chart for Fomapan 100. I'll post the 200 Fomapan chart in a separate chart. But first a few words of caution. This is data I've found and not tested. In this case, the reciprocity corrections come from an Android reciprocity exposure correction app. And that app acknowledges Foma only publishes corrections up to 100 seconds, so the author extrapolated. Also I did all the calculations by hand and could have screwed up. Another word of caution, films with very poor reciprocity characteristics are subject to another problem: high contrast. That having been said, here's the chart.

Who Makes Ultrafine Film?

One of these 120 paper backings stands out as being different. Not a big surprise, since one is Kodak, and another is Ilford. But our mystery film Ultrafine has the *exact* same backing paper as seen in this scan. What does this mean? There are a few possibilities that come to mind. It's always possible that the backing paper is made by a third party I suppose. Not likely, as there isn't much of a market for 120 film anymore, and I've never seen another non-Ilford film with the same backing paper. So is this mystery film, Ultrafine actually Ilford then? Another, more likely theory is that it is made by Kentmere. Kentmere and Ilford are both part of the Harman group . In researching this I just read that Harman was the name of the founder of Ilford company in the late 19th century. So how is are the Ultrafine (E)Xtreme films? I bought a bulk roll of the 400 speed. Frankly it's pretty grainy and soft. I don't hate it, and I'm trying to work with the grain.

Scans from the archives - The Pentacon System in 1990

Decades ago, I owned a Pentacon Six. In fact, I owned several other cameras in that system- the Exacta 66, and the Kiev 6 that share the same lens mount and some accessories. The Pentacon 6 wasn't the greatest camera. It's build quality was fine, but the design was quite aniquated. The Exacta 66 looked really cool, with a rubberized exterior and there were even "West German" Schneider lenses added to the P6 line along with it. But the Exacta 66 was expensive, and ultimately unreliable. The shutter in mine died, though I was able to sell it with a broken shutter for about what I paid for it. My favorite camera in this series was the Kiev 60. The build quality was not quite as good as the German cameras (either from the GDR or FRG.) But the ergonomics were better, and it came with a nice meter prism, lens, filters, and stinky leather case for about $125 from Photographer's Supply, San Francisco in the 1990's. The scan here is from a seller, Heinz Preller

LensBusters - Crossword - Camera Beginners

Here's an interactive crossword puzzle with the theme "Camera Beginner" Camera Basics from Lensbusters.com Camera Basics from Lensbusters.com Michael Halberstadt This interactive crossword puzzle requires JavaScript and any recent web browser, including Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari. If you have disabled web page scripting, please re-enable it and refresh the page. If this web page is saved on your computer, you may need to click the yellow Information Bar at the top or bottom of the page to allow the puzzle to load. EclipseCrossword © 2000-2013 Welcome! Click a word in the puzzle to get started.   Solve OK   Cancel Congratulations! You have completed this crossword puzzle . If you would like to be able to create interactive crosswords like this yourself, get EclipseCrossword from Green Eclipse—it's free! Check puzzle