APS..? yes

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by stuart_templeton, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. I tripped over last weekend and hit myself in the head with my F-1. I think I must have concussion, because since then I’ve had a desire to shoot some APS – in fact I ordered half a dozen rolls of Kodak Advantix… not something I’ve shot with since 2000.

    Now I know APS has bad reputation now, and I fully agree with all of it - 35mm and Digital are much better formats. However if you take away the serious photographers and just look at the family happy snappers – it WAS very popular at the time (and cool).

    I’ll admit that I loved it. My first camera that was actually mine was a Fuji APS model. It went everywhere I did and I shot hundreds of rolls of film through it. I enjoyed every minute of it, and to my teenage mind I had some great pictures to show for it.

    It gave me my ever-lasting love of photography (what almost killed it was a Pro Photographer friend of my mum’s telling me that I ‘wasn’t a ‘proper’ photographer without an SLR and selling me a Minolta X-300 that I had no idea on how to use – resulting in very poor images and a complete lack of enjoyment - but that's another story).

    So over the past 15 years of reading about how crap the format was, and seeing how much general hatred it picks up – it surprises me, as that just wasn’t my experience with the format, in fact I still have a B&W image of my wife taken with that camera on my desk.

    So I thought I’d give it a go again, to experiment and just to see if I’m just looking at it through rose-tinted glasses, and it is crap, or if it is still what I remember – fun. I’ll have a go with my old Fuji camera first – but then I was thinking of getting one of those Canon IX or IX7 SLR’s to see if shooting through a decent lens makes any difference.

    I’m also wondering on how much I’ve actually improved. Will my knowledge of Composition and exposure and Light etc. – actually result in better images than the one’s I made 20 years ago?

    Anyway – Just thought I’d share my ramblings – there’s no other point to this other than I’m at work and bored witless.

  2. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Had a couple of high end Canon Powershots when my kids were small - they were very handy despite the fact I had several film Nikons. Don't know about the UK, Dwaynes still will process Advantix here in the US.
  3. APS SLRs go for low prices in the usual auction sites and such.

    Is there still new film, though? I have a few rolls I bought old.

    Also, I haven't figured out how to home develop it.
  4. A potential concussion & mega boredom. . .time to see the doctors! Kodak "invented" that nightmare to con a few more dollars out of the public. . . the masses DID NOT BUY INTO IT ! There must be a dozen other variations on 35mm that could feed your crazies!
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  5. I never used APS when it was current, but I have to admit that I've looked at the Nikon Pronea 6i more than once and thought about buying it.

    AFAIK, DX lenses will work fine on it(and most will cover the APS-H frame) and it's AF-S compatible so it could theoretically be a capable of making good use relatively modern lenses.

    I know there was an adapter for the Coolscan series scanners to scan APS film, although I don't recall if my V can use it. That would make handling the film a lot easier since I know that it's customarily returned in the cartridge.
  6. Some of the Minolta Dimage Scan scanners had APS adapters - I know the Scan Elite II had one - we had it at work. I'm pretty sure the Scan Diual models supported the same or a similar adapter.
  7. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Since aps film is the same width as 35mm, processing reels wouldn't be an issue. Scanning, of course,might be problematic.
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  8. The height of a 35mm frame is 24mm (hence 24x36 frame size) but the actual width of the whole APS film is 24mm. The frame height for APS is 16.7mm.
    What really killed my interest in APS was no conventional (silver halide) black & white was ever offered and of course the cartridges were not made to reload (no bulk anyway).
  9. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Film height not frame height is the issue for processing reels. Actually, the Canon Elph cameras and their relatively sophisticated features, along with very small size and high quality images were very appealing. Agfa tried the same kind of thing years earlier on and it failed as well -- forgetting history is always a mistake.
  10. It is possible to unroll the APS film from the cartridge (various online hacks for this). I did this with a roll of Kodak's C41 Black & White APS film that I shot in my wife's Elph Jr. and made a mask to get it to fit my enlarger.
  11. I understand the appeal of shooting some APS. I tried it once, a year before they stopped selling the film. The results were lovely.

    The trick to appreciating APS is, I think, having the same attitude I have adopted for 35mm. Embrace the grain! Embrace the look of the film stock! The smaller the format, the more intimately you are examining the "canvas" so-to-speak. The texture of the film moves more and more to the foreground.
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  12. Well-I did it. I bought a Pronea 6i with a 24-70 lens.

    I seem to recall that the 6i will work with most AI and newer lenses(AF-P and E aperture excepted) so I have a pretty nice complement of good optics to stick in front of it. Of course, most(if not all) DX lenses cover an APS-H and will certainly cover if I want to go to APS-C, so I should be set.

    Now I just need to dig up some film.
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  13. That's cool - I'll be interested to see the results.

    I dropped off my first roll for processing today - looking forward to seeing how bad they are :) I can't help thinking I should pick up an SLR too though.
  14. That's a really nice way to put it - It's kind of nice to shoot something 'off the wall' for once.
  15. I was in the local camera shop earlier today and the owner gave me a 4-roll pack of Kodak 400 25-exposure((or I should say he threw it in with the Norman kit I bought...which was also priced at a give-away price), so that will be enough to at least scratch the itch.

    I'll be interested to see other folks' experience, and also to see what I have. I'll probably send it to Dwayne's and get a CD since I dread scanning the stuff.
  16. I have a couple of rolls of Kodax kicking around, along with a few rolls of Agfa. I'd like to get some fuji as well.

    One thing I'm wondering about in regards to shooting expired film, with an auto camera is that there's no way to add an extra stop for every decade.
  17. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much with negative film.

    Granted therein lies an argument for getting an SLR in your chosen system :) . I think I should be able to dial in +1 EC on the Pronea 6i. I think, but couldn't swear, that it has a manual mode also. I don't know if the Pronea S has EC, and I know it lacks manual.
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    This is from a compact APS camera that I bought at a thrift store, with unused film already inside. After finishing the roll (and having it sit around a while) I found Walgreens would develop and scan for a reasonable enough price. Many pictures, but not all, have the orange shading, which is either age fog or light leak into the cartridge.
  19. When the local camera shop went out of business (sob), they gave me a Nikon Nuvis camera and a roll of Fujifilm APS 200.

    It's part of my backlog from my long health battles. So if I don't shuffle off this mortal coil, I promise (threaten?) I'll get to it one of these days

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