4 Frames x 5 Inches

  • Where: Fairytale castle Neuschwanstein and a lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Linhof Technika IV
  • Lens: Schneider Kreuznach Symmar f/5.6, 150mm
  • Film: Expired Kodak Portra 160
  • Scan: Howtek D4500

This post is the culmination of two more or less independent purchases from recent years: 1. A Linhof Technika IV 4x5 camera in decent shape. 2. A Howtek D4500 drum scanner.

While the scanner turned out to be only in a partially working state and in dire need of some CLA (Clean, Lubrication, and Adjustment) and repair the Technika seemed to work flawlessly. Even the coupled rangefinder did its job splendidly. The images shown in this post were taken a while ago when I experimented with the camera and took it on a road trip to the nearby Neuschwanstein castle. After the long-expired Kodak Portra 160 came out of the development tank, it looked acceptable to the naked eye, but my attempts at camera scanning and color inversion/conversion resulted in disappointment. At that time, the drum scanner was neatly packed in a box, waiting for it to be shipped over the big pond for its CLA/repair.

Fast forward to the end of 2022, after almost 2 years (1 year of tinkering, boxing, and figuring out how to get it shipped to the US, and 1 year out for CLA/repair) I finally have the scanner back home and ready for action. Given that the drum is big enough for a DIN A4 sheet of paper, or an 8x10 negative, I reasoned that 4 sheets of 4x5 should be the most efficient use of the drum area. So I dry-mounted 4 sheets to the drum and went through the whole scanning process after basically having forgotten everything. The results of the first test scan are the 4 images in this post. I have to say, I am pretty happy with the outcome.


5 Frames - Taking The 67 For A Walk

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Pentax 67
  • Lens: SMC Takumar 105mm f/2.4
  • Film: Ilford HP5+

I grabbed the new (to me) Pentax 67 and took it for a walk at a lake nearby. I got a roll of Ilford HP5+ from the store when I bought the camera. Not my usual choice of film, because I prefer the lower speed variations that provide a bit finer grain. I promised myself to give higher speeds a possibly some pushing a chance in the future, given that the days are pretty short now. This roll got the stand-development treatment. My second try so far. The first time was with two sheets of 8x10 film. I am unsure if it went well that time because the negatives did not turn out well and user error with the large format camera can’t be ruled out. The negatives looked decent this time around. Pretty flat, but manageable in post. Weirdly, the second frame on the roll (the first image above) exhibits something that looks like a light leak. None of the other frames on the same roll and on a subsequent roll do.


6 Frames - Lindau

  • Where: Lindau at Lake Constance
  • Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
  • Film: Expired Kodak Ektachrome 100G

I shot 4 rolls of Kodak Ektachrome while visiting the beautiful town of Lindau at Lake Constance. Given that 4 rolls on the Mamiya 645 Pro result in 60 images, it was hard to narrow it down to 5 frames. Thus, I slipped one extra image into the post.


5 Frames - Yashica Zoomtec

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Yashica Zoomtec 38-80
  • Film: Kodak Double X

These are 5 frames from a roll of Kodak Double X that I ran through the Yashica Zoomtec 38-80 that I recently got into my hands. The camera has seen better days but seems to work well despite its condition.


5 Frames - Praktica Super TL 1000

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Praktica Super TL 1000
  • Lens: Zeiss Jena DDR 50mm f2.8
  • Film: Kodak Double X

These are 5 frames from a roll of Kodak Double X that I ran through the mint condition Praktica Super TL 1000 that my father gave me for Christmas last year. He got that camera when the company that he worked for closed down and it had been sitting tucked away in a cupboard ever since.


7 Frames - Slide Right

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
  • Film: Kodak Ektachrome E100G

This old Ektachrome E100SW was shot at box speed, which resulted in pretty decent image quality with a noticeable color shift. I played around with the curves tool in DxO PhotoLab Pro 3 to reduce the miscoloring and I am quite satisfied with the results.


5 Frames - Slide Left

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
  • Film: Kodak Ektachrome E100G

Expired film can be interesting. This old Ektachrome E100G was shot at box speed, which resulted in pretty decent image quality with a noticeable color shift. I played around with the curves tool in DxO PhotoLab Pro 3 to reduce the miscoloring and I am quite satisfied with the results.


3 Frames - Medium Contrast

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Mamiya Press Super 23
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor 100mm f/3.5
  • Film: Rollei RPX 25

Not every image shot on Rollei RPX 25 needs to be high contrast. Medium contrast works as well.


5 Frames - High Contrast

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
  • Film: Rollei RPX 25

Sometimes I like a bit of high contrast in my black and white images. Rollei RPX 25 offers more than enough of that contrast right out of the box, so it is easy to go a bit overboard with it.


4 Frames - Dreary

  • Where: A lake somewhere in Bavaria
  • Camera: Mamiya Press Super 23
  • Lens: Mamiya Sekor 100mm f/3.5
  • Film: Fuji Provia 100

Not every day is sunny where I live. Quite the contrary. On a longer sunshine draught, when the heavens are full of clouds, you have to ask yourself: Do I stay inside with my head under the blanket, sad that I do not enjoy my hobby? Or do I go outside, brave whatever the weather throws at me, and take some awesomely dreary pictures? Well… I decided to do the latter. And so we end up with a set of dark and dreary pictures, solely taken to get me out of the winter blues and to get the lonely roll of Fuji Provia 100 in my freezer a mate to play with.

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