I re-scanned some Portra 400 I took in 2015 with my husband’s old Ricoh XR-10 camera from the last century. I have a Pakon 135 scanner that digitizes 35mm film. It is a real life saver, slow, and overall, reliable. There are some quirks that go with it, such as crippled software which I have worked around, but it makes scanning film very easy.
A few days ago, my husband replaced the old hard drive with an SSD in the vintage laptop I use exclusively with the Pakon. He removed the old HD and mirrored it. After that, he used an interface of some variety to make the old machine – an eMachine from 2005?? – running Windows XP (the only software that the Pakon software will work with) – think it is using an old HD. Yeah, techie stuff. So, I needed to see if the Pakon would still work – and it does! Now let’s just hope the old laptop will continue until I die, and the Pakon, too. What is interesting, too, is that my wireless mouse dies and resurrects itself periodically on the eMachine, so I ordered a USB cabled mouse and a USB hub to see if some of the other laptop quirks can be resolved. The laptop has a touchpad, but I don’t like them at all.
Besides checking out the workings of the new HD and the Pakon, I finally got around to seeing how to save the scans as negatives so I can process them using Negative Lab Pro 2.3 and Lightroom Classic. The Neg Lab Pro website gives very good directions – far better than when Nate began the product – and this scan, which you can enlarge on Flickr, shows how nice it all works out. The beauty of the film is still there, even digitized.
I think this combo is a ball hit out of the park! More to come.
I’m a bit behind on the BW project, but all because of working on the scanning software and getting it to process black and white. I have a Pakon scanner, which is fab for 35mm film. I spent a couple of days ironing out and learning the software, as well as applying patches which allow more than color negative and C-41 black and white film.
This is the first image I have gotten back from the developer doing something I have never done before – pushing film. Mark at If Time Stood Still made a wonderful picture of his youngest daughter, specifically the image called The Lunch Date. He shot Ilford HP5+ and pushed it.
Using his instructions, I did the same. The result is really pleasant, and seems to push contrast to level I like. Since I prefer shorter scaled B&W to longer scale in general, this is a good technique to know.
Mark processes his own film B&W, as well as color, and scans his film, too. (Altogether, I think he is an amazing photographer, especially of his family.) Go visit his site!
Today I am going to break the silence of the Silent 365 project. I’m a bit behind, but I’ll tell you why.
I have been working for hours on managing the software quirks for the Pakon 135 scanner I use for 35mm film. I finally have it working where I can do color negative film, positive / slide film, C-41 black and white, and genuine black and white. Post processing is done primarily in Lightroom and On1 Photo Raw. It’s a good feeling that I can scan my film in a good scanner which produces better results than a flat bed.
Ah, the benefits of retirement! Time to solve problems and stay focused on them for a long time!
Yeah, and in a pano no less! I couldn’t remember if I had rewound the film in my Trip 35, so I cracked it. The last few pictures were exposed, but the result is that this panorama actually has genuine light leaks, not ones put in place by software. I rather like the results.
I bought an Olympus OM-1n with the standard kit lens, a 50mm f1.8 OM mount, a few weeks ago. As with every camera, it has to be tested – especially if listed in “excellent” condition. As always, KEH comes through with quality used photography equipment!
The 50mm lens is really nice – it does a good job with bokeh and sharpness of detail Here it is demonstrated on a red columbine at the local botanical garden, using UltraMax 400 and scanned with my Pakon.
I can see why a lot of people like this camera. It was a total pleasure to use – easy, lightweight, compact, and a perfect fit for my hands.
If you have ever experienced the scudding light – bright, shadow, dark, bright – as clouds race before the wind, you know what I mean. Suddenly one patch is brilliant against the ominous dark, then vanishes before your eyes.
This was taken with an Olympus XA4, a very small rangefinder from the 80s. The XA4, from 1985, sports a five element Zuiko 28mm f3.5 lens focusing to 0.3m (12 inches), with the help of corded measuring devices for macro work. The cords attach to the camera and extend for measurement. I acquired on which was new old stock, and it’s quite a fun little 35mm camera. It is also – I swear – the last film camera I plan to buy (for awhile)!
I had the film developed at a local lab, and scanned it myself with my Pakon 135.