5 Frames - A Blast From The Past

  • Where: The garden of a castle next to a church.
  • Camera: Yashica FX 3 Super 2000
  • Lens: Zeiss 45mm Tessar f/2.8
  • Film: Fuji Superia 200

I had just scanned two rolls of expired Kodak Portra 400 VC that was best by 2008. The grain on it was more than I had prepared myself for, and I got the impression that two extra stops of light (one stop for every started decade) were not enough. Thus, my expectations for this roll of Fuji Superia 200 that expired in 2003 were not very high. I exposed the roll with two extra stops of light, just as I did for the Kodak Potra 400 VC, and developed it normally (no pushing/pulling). It was the first time that I gave the Zeiss 45mm Tessar f/2.8 a try, too. The lens feels like it is mainly plastic and air. It is tiny and light, and the focus ring is very easy to turn. I was pleasantly surprised when I started converting the scanned negatives to positives. There were only a few small tweaks to do (less than I remember from fresh rolls of film), and the lens turns out to be surprisingly sharp.

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