My first day with 35mm film photography

Using the Canon 1V HS that is

Eager to try out the Canon EOS 1V HS, I engaged the only EF lens I owned that day, EF 50 1.4 came in the post later that day, the Canon 100-400mm II L lens, loaded some Ilford 400 iso b&w film, with other cans of b&w & colour popped in my pocket, and when for a stroll over my local park.

Tackling the combined weight first.
EOS 1V HS with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens = 7.7 lbs 3028 grams
Canon R6 with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens = 5.11 lbs 2320 grams
Yes the body and lens combo weighs more than if I used my Canon R or R6, but after a while the added weight seemed to make taking shots feel like they were taken on a more solid platform if you know what I mean.

On my walk in the park

I used 5 rolls of film. 2 b&w and 3 colour, Iso 200 to 400 and if you read my first post regarding when I got this camera new to me, you will see the roll count has moved on from zero.

Loading the film is very easy. Just slot in the roll of film, pull if over, but not touching, the shutter sceen to the orange mark, close the lid and when you switch on the camera it advances the film for you.

It also automatically registers the ISO of the film can via DX reading, which I checked quickly to be sure. I used AV priority and did not venture much off f/8 as on the day, slightly overcast with sunny spells, my shutter speed rarely dropped below 1/250th with either 200 or 400 ISO film.

I know the park quiet well as I regularly wonder over there if I want to try out gear or want to test out ideas, I am also known by many dog walkers who kindly allow me to take pictures of their dogs which is always a treat.

My first roll of Ilford XP2 Super 35mm was used taking test shots to get used to the camera and although i have developed them, more on this later, i have not scanned them so will edit this later when I do and pop some examples here for you. Please see this post about developing XP2 YOU ARE WARNED 😉

My second roll of Ilford film was the HP5 plus and I got lucky. I have seen the Heron that pops by on my R and R6 walk but never close enough to take a decent shot, but today as I turned a corner by one of the 6 lakes, there it was standing there all proud and fearless.

I managed to get some good shots in various stages of the Heron’s visit, perched and ready, close up eye shot and on the wing escaping my intrusion.

Fisherman doing his thing

I also took a shot of this chap I have meet a few times while on photography walks over the park, who is always obliging in allowing me to take a snap or two.

For now until I scan the rest of the b&w and the colour, this is all I have to show you, but I think you can see it was a success and for me, I learned a lot about photography by stepping back in time. Tools I will take for ward for my digital photography.

Developing the films

I could not wait to see how things cam out so developed all 5 rolls straight away.

My first impressions of the b&w I have developed and scanned is there is a lot of grain.
EDIT: I re digitized the film using a technique I had explored before and had much better results. I will be making a video on how I did this but here is a gallery of the images now which are much better.

A bit of light re touching in post helped bring through some nice pictures shared here.

If you have any tips or insights to share please do as it will not only help me but others also which is nice.

Black & White developing I use Cinestill D94 one shot developing fluids taking 7 mins as my timing due to the fluid being at 21 degrees c. This is a very easy way to process b&w film which gives fast and fantastic results. I use this in conjunction with the Lab Box film tank which again is very easy to use for home based developing.

Colour Developing I use the Lab Box film tank and Cinestill Cs41 “Colour Simplified” power kit which had been sitting around in a cool place for a few months as my 120 film experiment’s were not so successful, but gave it a go anyway and a quick check on the negatives shows there are pictures, thank god, of which I will scan and put here for you asap.

Here are some of the developed colour film

To keep the Developer and Blix to temp, 39 degrees, I treated myself a while back to the Cinestill TCS-1000 immersion circulator/thermostat which makes it a breeze to keep the dev and blix to temperature which is very important.

All 5 rolls seemed to come out, the b&w definitely and waiting to scan the colour to see how they fared. Took me a bout 2 hours with some faffing about, but once I got in the flow I could see it would be feasible to process 10 or 15 rolls in a day quiet easily.

Would you like me to make a video about processing b&w and colour films? If so let me know and I will make that happen as soon as I can.

Yes it is a lot more work that Digital photography where you can rip though a couple of thousand shots without a care in the world, I know because I have, and get instant results, good or bad, but there is something really satisfying taking the time to not only composing the shots but also processing the film to see what you have created is fun also.

As I have mentioned in this post, I will add the other b&w and colour pictures as soon as I scan them and I look forward to sharing my adventures with 35mm film photography as I venture along this path. I night time shoot in Piccadilly circus is a must I think 🙂

Thank you for reading and I wish you well.

DC x