The Chroma 4×5 large format technical camera has intrigued me since it was announced last February. When I found out its creator, Steve Lloyd, was UK based, I got in touch to find out if he’d planned to visit The Photography Show this year. It turned out that he had, so I asked if he could bring along one of his Chroma cameras so I could see it for myself.
We’ve seen quite a bit of film being discontinued in the last years. Some Velvia and Provia, Agfa Vista, and many others. We reported that some Fuji Acros was going to go away back on October 07, and completely forgot about it.
But it seems that the time has come, and the Casual Photophile reports that communication was sent to Japanese dealers telling them that Fuji will stop production on the 35mm and 120 Acros films. (Get some here, here and here while stock lasts).
Oh boy, he’s finally here! Welcoming little Street Candy ATM400 to the world…! It mesures 35mm, weight 21 grams and mommy is fine 😂 Yes that’s right, there’s a newborn in the Black & White Film family.
Over the past few months I’ve been working on making this new film a reality and it’s finally available!
I’m still digesting the sad news announcing that Agfa Vista 200 has been discontinued. All Poundland and Dealz aficionados were kind of prepared for that day to come but we all had a secret hope that they would bring it back to their shelves… Unfortunately, it won’t be happening and most of us feel like abandoned without our cherished cheap roll.
I even wrote an article about this it as my favourite cheap film to shoot with along Fomapan 400 but we all know that the last rolls out in the wild won’t go as cheap as £1 and seems that Amazon sellers have already adjusted their prices while it’s still affordable on eBay.
Film photography has been (re)gaining popularity over the past couple of years. However, the renowned film photography hype just isn’t enough to keep some film types alive. According to the latest report from Japan Camera Hunter, the latest 35mm film to be discontinued is popular and super-cheap Agfa Vista.
Washi Film V is probably the most special film announced in 2017 and I’ve had the privilege to be present when Lomig, the founder of Washi Film, introduced it at the Salon de la Photo in Paris last year. Since then I have always wanted to try it and see what it’s like to shoot with this very special film so that’s what we will be doing today.
I find the rebirth of film to be absolutely fascinating to watch. No longer are they merely the tools we need to do our jobs. They’re something more than that now. They’re a passion. People are using them because they want to, and not because they have to. And that’s why I find it so interesting. That so many people still want to shoot with film. Not only that but now new film cameras are still being developed, too.
This one is called the Chroma, and it’s been developed by UK-based photographer Steve Lloyd and being funded through Kickstarter. Chroma is a 4×5 large format technical camera with all the front and rear standard movements one would expect from such a beast. What one doesn’t expect in a camera like this, though, is this kind of price. At only £250, it’s an absolute steal.
Today I’m developing a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 shot at 6400 ISO.
I’ve been wanting to try this little experience for a while now. Some films are known for handling push processing very well and Kodak TX400 is one of them. Lots of photographers I know are even shooting by default at 1600 ISO but I wanted to push its limits 2 stops further.
Looking back at all the new 35mm and 120 film stocks one can buy today, 2017 will probably be remembered as one the most thriving year for the film photography industry.
The demand is so high that companies considered long gone, are now back with new film stocks or updated versions of their old emulsions. We also see smaller scale companies achieving great successes like Cinestill, JCH or Film Washi which is known as “the world’s smallest company to produce photographic materials”.
As popular as film has become, a lot of people still mention the cost of shooting film being quite high. And we’re not talking about the price of gear, because that’s dirt cheap these days. It’s the actual shooting process that can be expensive. As the rolls are made in fewer quantities, manufacturing is more expensive. Because labs are developing fewer films, their costs go up, too.
The biggest way to help knock down this cost, though, is to develop your own film. In this 36 minute video from photographer James Stevenson, we see the complete process from start to finish. James covers the kit, chemicals, accessories and entire the process from start to finish. James covers a whole lot of information, with some great tips. And best of all, you don’t even need a darkroom to do it.