Cheap Color film

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by riffeym, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. A few months ago I was down in Indiana and bought some color film in one of the Amish stores. It was branded EasyClix ASA 200 and was 2 for $1.00 -
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    It turns out that it is rebranded Ferrania film and I just ran a roll of it through my Minolta 9xi with a Minolta f1.7 50mm lens. I processed it using a 1 liter JOBO C-41 Press kit and scanned it on a Canon MG8120 printer/scanner @ 1200 dpi. Here are some scans -
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    Mike : D
     
  2. Yep looks like it is worth 50 cents. :D
     
  3. Looks like a steal. Nice warm tone. That Minolta's pretty sharp too!
     
  4. Last week I bought the last of the CVS 200 24 exp. film in my local store for $1.49 each. I still think the Fuji film supplied to both CVS and Walgreens is disappearing. We'll know soon enough.
     
  5. Larry said:
    Yep looks like it is worth 50 cents. :D
    Every penny of it....;D
    Michael said:
    Looks like a steal. Nice warm tone. That Minolta's pretty sharp too!
    I really wasn't sure about the film because I didn't know the brand. Definately on the warm side.
    Jeff said:
    Last week I bought the last of the CVS 200 24 exp. film in my local store for $1.49 each. I still think the Fuji film supplied to both CVS and Walgreens is disappearing. We'll know soon enough.
    Slowly (thank goodness) film sources are starting to disappear. I still have a feeling that we will be able to source film stock for quite a while yet!
    Mike : D
     
  6. "warm"??????

    How can we tell when it's been scanned and then digitally processed?

    (ALL photos posted on photo.net, and all other web sites, have been digitally processed.)

    That aside, I think the photos are great!
     
  7. Mare said:
    How can we tell when it's been scanned and then digitally processed?
    (ALL photos posted on photo.net, and all other web sites, have been digitally processed.)
    That aside, I think the photos are great!
    Point taken. I guess when I say "warm", I'm referring to the color cast. I try very hard not to overly modify the image when post processing but, I guess the image is still being digitized. No way around that.
    BTW: Thanks for the compliment! I'm just a hacker when it comes to taking pictures...
    Mike : D
     
  8. I'm not sure what post processing has been done here but there's a real retro look to the color...especially in the flower shot. Very nice treatment regardless. So often I see film photos that take very little advantage from the fact it is film and often they can be examples of why digital is better...not here though. These are a great examples of showing some advantages of film over digital. Maybe buying cheap film that doesn't try to be perfect is the better approach.
     
  9. Les and Greg, thank you!
    I'm not an artist or a digital darkroom whiz. When I post process my negs, I try to keep as much of the film "presence" (for lack of a better word) as possible and I always try to represent what I actually saw.
    Mike : D
     
  10. I thought I read on photo.net that you needed an $8,000 camera with a $2,000 lens to take good pictures. Don't let word of this idea of taking pictures on 50-cent film with a $100 used camera get out.
     
  11. Craig said:
    I thought I read on photo.net that you needed an $8,000 camera with a $2,000 lens to take good pictures. Don't let word of this idea of taking pictures on 50-cent film with a $100 used camera get out.

    Actually Craig, I only paid $80.00.... :D
    Mike : D
     
  12. It's like my father-in-law says; "even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile". :D
    Mike : D
     
  13. Great Photos Mike. It is nice to meet another Photo hack. I have shot dollar store film, called family savings or something to that effect and the colors came out beautifully developed at costco. There was grain to them on the 4x6 prints, and even though I am not a grain person, it added to it. I should try and find some of that film you just mentioned.
     
  14. This has been said but that is too awesome! nice find! was it expired?
     
  15. Timothy said:
    This has been said but that is too awesome! nice find! was it expired?
    Thanks Timothy! It is indeed expired - OCT 2010. Thanks Eddy, and Les, I'll do a posting on MFC forum about the 9xi.
    Mike : D
     
  16. Hey Mike
    I was digging through my freezer and found some Ferrania 100,200 and 400. I will give the 200 a go and I will post back here to see what it looks like. Mine is Branded Solaris. and looks like I payed a $ for it per roll so you got the better deal.. This time. :D
     
  17. Larry, I look forward to seeing your results! The Ferrania brand name is Solaris and I believe that it is the same emulsion as my "house brand" EasyClix. As far as you paying $1.00 a roll - you're going to have to do better than that! lol! ;D
    Mike : D
     
  18. mtk

    mtk

    I found some Solaris branded film at our local "home building center" similar in price. ASA 200. I purchased some naturally...have not shot it yet.......Are they still producing this stuff? What I bought is short dated as well....
     
  19. Last I knew the plant was still running coatings. Lomography film is made by them. And the Rollei Color negative films are. The Redbird line is their film rolled backwards.
     
  20. Looks like it was a good buy! Has anyone tried using the Kodak ColorPlus film? I have seen it on the B&H site, but never tried it out.
     
  21. Larry, have you ever tried "redscaling" your film? I just recently found a site that details re-spooling your 35mm film backwards back into the canister - I didn't know that Ferrania did it commercially.
    I hope you and mark get a chance to run some of that film through your cameras. I'd like to see what kind of images that you guys get from it!
    Mike : D
     
  22. I shot a roll of ColorPlus 200 last month. It looks just like Kodacolor 200. It's fine.
     
  23. Mike I do have a bunch of it in the freezer I may have to someday give it a try. I have just never been that much into Color. I have Cross processed a few rolls of E6 in C-41 but that is about it.
    Jason there are a few threads on Color Plus on PNET and a few other places. Some think it is a cheaper version of Gold to be sold overseas from the U.S.
     
  24. mtk

    mtk

    @Michael....No problem...Fall is here in Wisconsin, we'll see how it handles the tree colors!
     
  25. That's interesting Larry. I never thought about cross processing E6 in C-41 chemistry. Mark, that should be an interesting test - it's fall here in Michigan also and I've been waiting for the change myself.
    Mike : D
     
  26. "A few months ago I was down in Indiana and bought some color film in one of the Amish stores."
    Now that must have been something unusual as the Amish faithful eschew all use of electricity and modern devices.
    Their darkrooms are eternally dark! Sort of Fred Flintstone School of Photography.
    As a side note: I just returned from Kalona Iowa, largest Amish community west of the Mississippi, where oddly enough the town's photography studio was shuttered and condemned unfit for occupancy.
     
  27. Hi John!
    I should've mentioned that I was in the Shipshewanna area where there are many stores that employ Amish but offer all the modern conveniences and products to their customers.
    Mike : D
     
  28. I wish I knew where to get some of this film in Southern California. It seems the only place I can find Ferrania is on ebay for ridiculous prices.
    I've been dying to get my hands on a load of Ferrania film. I really like its color interpretation.
    By the way, I also really like your posted photos.
     
  29. 12 EXP rolls but inder a buck and made by who you think it is. Also in Southern California.
    http://www.ultrafineonline.com/ulcofi1.html
     
  30. Thanks for the lead Larry !
     
  31. No problem. I may be a little weird at times but I do have some of my brain left.
     
  32. Thanks for the compliment Bill and thanks to Larry for the lead. Larry, why do you think they did 12 exposures instead of 24?
    Mike : D
     
  33. For Police and home listings. listings. Pre Digital.
     
  34. Ahh....Didn't think of that. I must not have as much of MY brain left as you do! ;D
    Mike : D
     
  35. Another use for the short rolls was news photographers.... Run get the story get back drop it in the machine and to the offset room for printing.
     
  36. Makes sense...
    Mike : D
     
  37. Outstanding! Proof positive that a lot can be done with so little!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Richard
     
  38. I won't make a joke here ... No I won....'t Not even a little joke.......
     
  39. I agree that it's not a bad look at all. Nice find!
    IMHO in the near future we'll certainly be able to buy film. No problem. The only catch is that it's going to be the best film you can buy. There will be no room in the film market for budget priced emulsions. If you're shooting film you're going to be doing so deliberately and not because you can't afford it.
    Perhaps I'm wrong - and I sort of hope so, as I love variety. My film packaging and 135 cassette collection testifies to that.
     
  40. I wish there was a way to get some of that. I looked at the Ultrafine link but have no idea if it's legitimate or not, and searching for Solaris yields nothing on Google. Not anyplace to buy it at least.
     
  41. I hope this will not cause too much pain in the audience, but I'll just let you know that Ferrania/Solaris gave up any interest in photography market. After more than a decade of deep troubles the company itself died (it already went down from a maximum of 3400 to around 200 employees) and in 2010 restarted as a photovoltaic modules related business. Hopefully former employees will join the new activities, but there is no chance at all to restart film production (even the buildings are being destroyed to be subsituted by something more suited to the new activity).
    Sorry for the bad news...
     
  42. Thanks for the news. One less thing to wonder about.
     
  43. Well Giulio, I'm sure that's not what some people wanted to hear but it's better to know than to wonder. I guess that I'll just keep looking for off or house brand film and check to see if it's made in Italy.
    I feel like I have a little more latitude than some because I develop my own film. If I buy some cheap, outdated, no-name film and nothing comes of it, I'm only out my time and maybe some chemicals. :D
    Karim and Richard, thanks for the compliments! And Larry....go ahead and make your jokes. I mean, EVERYONE knows you can't help yourself! lol! ;D
    Mike : D
     

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