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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:14 pm    Post subject: Efke 400 film scans Reply with quote

I recently sent this camera (Olympus Stylus) off to a friend (I still have a
few of these) and here's some scans of the above film:







Scanned on Epson 4490 @2400dpi, USM set to low.

I now have some rolls of Efke 50 in 120 size I'll be trying.


PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look just superbe, Bill.
Of course the camera plays a role too. But the film really delivers great tones.
I can't wait to have the time to try my Efkes.


PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio which ISO did you get? The 400 I can't find in 120, but from what I've
seen of the 25 and 50 ISO, might wind up being my fave BW film, at least
on sunny days.


PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katastrofo wrote:
Orio which ISO did you get? The 400 I can't find in 120, but from what I've
seen of the 25 and 50 ISO, might wind up being my fave BW film, at least
on sunny days.


I have 25, 50, 100 ISO for 135 format
and 100 ISO for 120 format


PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to seeing your results from all of these, I'm sure they will
be marvelous! Cool


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Efke, eh? I tell you: the end result of all this foolishness will be severe FBA and DBA - film and developer buying addiction Smile

Those reflections are divine, just great clarity perfect for b&w... A Stylus, eh? Coincidentally one showed up on my doorstep the other day... (Thank you Bill!)


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the tones in the BMW shot best, but they're all super Bill. What a lovely, tranquil place.

Never heard of Efke film before. Where do you buy it?


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nesster, I expect better shots from you than these, very soon! Try Efke, I
think you will like it. Yeah, I'm getting psyched to do my own processing, but
120 only. Wink

Peter, thanks for your comments. The Efke film I get from Freestyle, but I
see it offered on ebay, too. It's an old style film that doesn't respond well
to overexposure.


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katastrofo wrote:
It's an old style film that doesn't respond well
to overexposure.


If you have problem with overexposure, maybe it's because of the developing. It's possible that the developing standard of your lab is not optimized for this type of film. After all, labs put everything in a cauldron using standard settings.


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio, agree about the indifference of most labs. Freestyle states that this is
the old classic emulsions of the late 40's (Adox) with high silver content, not
the modern flat crystal emulsions which are more forgiving. They recommend
not to use this film for pull processing and use a hardener to the fixer (they
recommend plain water for the fixer). But since this film lacks the protective
layer of modern films it is prone to overexposure if not careful.


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very excellent ! great b&w rendition and tonality. i never tried that film, only in infrared which was a complete disaster Laughing.