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  • Fuji NPS (35mm, 160 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear

    Now the ‘Pro’ part isn’t just a name. The colours, contrast and dynamic range are the business. Distinctively, the film keeps the velvety-smooth fine grain you would expect from a much slower film

  • Kodak Ektachrome G (120, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Ektachrome G (120, 100 iso)

    Images are so animated – they reach out and grab you. A finer grained slide you couldn’t hope find. That’s because the 100G is one hi-tech transparency player.

  • Efke ir820 (120, 25 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Efke ir820 (120, 25 iso)

    This film is the real infrared deal! Marvellous spectral sensitivity up to 820nm. What does that mean? When coupled with an opaque red filter your images will blast with pure white wizardry. Trees, clouds and skin will be awakened in white.

  • Fuji Provia (35mm, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Provia (35mm, 100 iso)

    When you don’t want to be slapped around the face with saturation, but equally don’t fancy the understatement of the Astia, this vintage is just the thing! The best of both worlds and does the fuji cross-processing thingy like.

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  • Kodak Ektachrome EPP (120, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Ektachrome EPP (120, 100 iso)

    This film is the chief of naturally luminous skin tones. That is why it is often the film of choice for high fashion/beauty professional shooting. It yields just the right amount of saturation to make product shots come out bold and brilliant without being too bling. Sharp and colour balanced for varying light conditions – it is the perfect type of film to make the best out of the subject’s natural assets!

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  • Foma Fomapan (120, 400 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Foma Fomapan  (120, 400 iso)

    As the name suggests this B & W film is speedy. However, as with the Fomapan 100, the Action is great at getting results in unfavourable light conditions, using short exposure times. Nice price, nice effect.

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  • Forte Fortepan (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Forte Fortepan (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    Sharper than your mum's knitting needles, the Fortepan 100 is an excellent and affordable B & W film. Fine grained and fantastic in normal light conditions.

  • Kodak Elitechrome ED (35mm, 200 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Elitechrome ED (35mm, 200 iso) staff-review

    You still want super-fine grain, still crave that signature Kodak Chrome slide magic, still like to keep your options open light-wise…But sometimes you just want a little more speed, right? The ED200 says "well, alright then".

  • Kodak Ektachrome VS (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Ektachrome VS (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    This kind of vivid saturation at 100 ISO seems incredible. But as you can see it is true! If films could be measured in terms of dramatic effect the 100VS would be a diva.

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  • Agfa CT Precisa (35mm, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Agfa CT Precisa (35mm, 100 iso)

    When cross-processed, this old piano prefers blue notes to anything else, and will do anything to melodically play them into your image.

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  • Fuji Velvia (35mm, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Velvia (35mm, 100 iso) staff-review

    Velvia is world-famous as the most saturated slide film that you can buy. Shoot this on a bright day and develop it normally, and the results will knock you head over arse. When crossed, it gives you that wild Fuji green-blue color shift that we absolutely love.

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  • Rolleiflex 35F - Staff Review

    written by shhquiet on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Rolleiflex 35F - Staff Review

    One of the finest TLR (twin lens reflex) cameras to grace planet Earth, the Rolleiflex 3.5F is a classic masterpiece of German engineering.

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  • Olympus XA - Staff Review

    written by shhquiet on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Olympus XA - Staff Review

    A child of the mid-1970s, the Olympus XA is a super-compact rangefinder camera that’s bursting with a lot of techno-wonderful features. A true pocket camera for the discerning photographer. It’s designer, Mr. Yoshihisa Maitani, would not have had it any other way.

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  • Fuji Neopan (120, 400 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Neopan (120, 400 iso) staff-review

    A really solid black and white medium format film that's perfect for the Holga. Fast ISO 400 speed, fine grain, and gorgeous black and white tones.

  • Fuji Sensia (35mm, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Sensia (35mm, 100 iso) staff-review

    This smooth brother is lovely when straight processed and wild when crossed. Cross processed Fuji shots have huge contrast and a total color shift towards green & cream, blue, or even pink - depending on your developer.

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  • Fuji Acros (120, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Acros (120, 100 iso)

    This monochrome champ gives awesome grey tones and razor-sharp results with extremely fine grain. Wonderful for when you want to slow things down a bit. When shooting with the Holga, use in full sun or with a long-exposure (or a flash!)

  • Ilford HP5 plus (120, 400 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear

    A faster film with more grain and stronger contrast. Whites are super-bright, blacks are super-bold, and it's all good! The 400 ISO rating makes it super for low-light & night shots – and very fast moving objects.

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  • Rollei Retro (35mm, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Rollei Retro  (35mm, 100 iso)

    A very special film designed to give the sharp tones and punchy contrast of classic black and white photography.

  • Fuji Pro (120, 160 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Pro (120, 160 iso)

    pro-quality color film that's a little faster than the Reala 100 but has the creamy-smooth fine grain of a film that's much slower (say an ISO 25 or 50). Of course, the colors, contrast, and dynamic range are fantastic.

  • Rollei Retro (120, 400 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Rollei Retro (120, 400 iso)

    A very special film designed to give the sharp tones and punchy contrast of classic black and white photography. And believe me, the Rollei people know a thing or two about this!

  • Fuji Reala (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Reala  (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    Bold colors, great skin tones, and super-reliable performance means that Reala is quite possibly the best consumer-grade color negative film in the world. For real!

  • Ilford Deltapro (120, 3200 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Ilford Deltapro (120, 3200 iso)

    This super-high speed film allows for hand-held shooting in low light without a flash. It also features a fat film grain for that authentic old-school "noir" look. Fill 'er up and give Cartier-Bresson a run for his money.

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  • Agfa Portrait (120, 160 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Agfa Portrait (120, 160 iso)

    Oh man. When you want a break from explosive saturation, load up a little Portrait 160 for smooth & even tones, slightly subdued highlights, and a serious touch o' class.

  • Olympus Pen FT- Staff Review

    written by shhquiet on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Olympus Pen FT- Staff Review

    An exquisite half-frame SLR camera created by the world famous Olympus designer, Yoshihisa Maitani. With high-quality interchangeable lenses, this tiny and compact camera is a supremely collectible vintage gem.

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  • Agfa Optima II (120, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear

    Using Agfa's mysterious "eye-vision technology" this increasingly rare color-negative film offers outstanding color depth and absolutely wonderful red tones – to the point of imparting a totally unique warm-saturated cast to most daylight images.

  • Kodak Portra 400vc (120, 400 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Portra 400vc (120, 400 iso)

    A professional and usually very expensive film. On sunny days, the colors are mind-blowingly vivid - and almost look cross-processed. Its results are totally unique and unlike any other film.

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  • Kodak Pro Image (35mm, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Kodak Pro Image (35mm, 100 iso)

    A mysterious and quite rare Kodak color negative - it's known for some of the most pleasing green and blue tones that a consumer film can deliver. The power of ProImage compels you!

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  • Fuji Pro (120, 400 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Pro (120, 400 iso)

    One of the finest 120 color films out there. You get the extra speed of 400 ISO while maintaining excellent fine-grain and banging colors of a slower film. This ain't a professional emulsion for nothing. Our favorite color film for the Holga. "

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  • Agfa Optima (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Agfa Optima (120, 100 iso) staff-review

    A fine-grained smooth operator that yields bold but still quite natural colors – and lovely shadow tones. This is a solid choice for when you want the subject – not the film – to do the talking.

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  • Fuji Astia (120, 100 iso)

    written by fookshit on 2008-05-23 #gear
    Fuji Astia (120, 100 iso)

    For the "natural ones" out there, Fuji Astia delivers muted, smooth colors with low contrast, beautiful skin tones, and razor-point resolution. Quite a nice choice for when you're looking to whisper with your images - rather than scream your freaking head off with saturation. Turns the usual fuji blue-green-red cream when you cross-process!

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