As mentioned in my previous post, my interest in film cameras sparked recently. I became interested in medium format and found a Mamiya 645 1000s for sale locally as a kit for a good price. I went to check it out and met Cathy, a super cool woman in North Park who owned the camera. Cathy was kind enough to sit down with me and show me how the camera worked and all the cool stuff that came with the kit, but what was really awesome was just talking to her about photography in general as well as the film industry and all the stories she had to share like editing with a Moviola. We connected as fellow photographers/filmmakers. Happy that her beloved Mamiya was going to someone who was really interested and passionate about photography as she was, she lowered the price even more for me. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to use the camera.
The kit came with some old expired Ektachrome slide film, so I picked up a light meter at Nelson’s and went down to the harbor and shot a couple rolls of 120 film and took them back to Nelson’s and had them cross-processed. For those not familiar with cross-processing, its when you take one type of film and process it with the chemicals intended for another type of film. This is most common in taking E6 slide (positive) film and developing it in the most popular C-41 (negative) chemicals. The resulting images usually have interesting color and exposure/contrast shifts, which vary depending on the type of film.
I was more than happy with the results. It’s awesome to see a negative that much larger than a regular 35mm negative. These images were crisp, they had great depth of field, cool color tones and beautiful grain structure. I quickly fell in love. I’ve shot the expired Ektachrome, Fuji Velvia 100, Fuji Acros Neopan 100 B&W, Ilford Delta 400 B&W and just shot a roll of Kodak E100 VS that I’m anxious to develop. So far, I really like the Ilford Delta and can’t wait to shoot some more.
Here are some shots from my Mamiya 645 1000s. (Sorry they took so long to send Cathy, and thanks for an awesome camera!)