Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Film Photography Podcast Journal / Episode 23 / December 1, 2010
A Companion to The Film Photography Podcast Internet Radio Show
Compiled by Michael Raso
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Fun with Film Photography! Topics include Retro Photography Magazines, Digital File Organization, Processing Labs, Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera, Large Format Cameras and Updated 110 Film Report. I’m joined by Duane Polcou and John Fedele.
Topics discussed and web links:
MAIL ORDER PROCESSING/PRINT LABS
Sharp Photo and Portrait Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA
C-41, BW, Prints and more
Sharp sponsored our recent Film Processing, Scan & Print giveaway!
Dwayne’s Photo Parsons, Kansas USA
E-6, C-41, BW for your 110, 126, 135, 120, 220, 620 film needs
World recognized as the “last lab on Earth to process Kodachrome”
Blue Moon Camera and Machine Portland, OR USA
C-41 and Black & White for all size film including oddball 616, 620 and other old timey sizes. The perfect shop for personalized service.
Clark Color Labs
For over 50 years, Clark has been offering their mail-in service. Today, they still offer C-41 film processing for 110, 135 and APS film. Service offered for scan & post on-line.
Clark Color Labs mailer from 1979
John Fedele asked about odd-sized prints. I recommended MPIX. Many size options with great prices and speedy service.
Speaking of PIX, both John and I reminisced about WPIX New York’s on-air TV game from the late 1970s. A viewer would call in and play a video game on the TV. You would activate the game controller by screaming the word “PIX” on your phone to some frazzled engineer playing the video game in the TV station control roon. Wow.
WPIX New York’s PIX on-air game!
All of the labs mentioned above make fine prints and photo books. All highly recommended.
LAST CALL OR KODACHROME
December 2010 marks the last month that processing is available for Kodak Kodachrome film. The special K-14 process is now available (through 12/30) at Dwayne’s Photo.
Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen found his last roll of Kodachrome 200 and took it to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
“Cross processing (sometimes abbreviated to Xpro) is the procedure of deliberately processing photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film.”
example of a cross processed image by FPP listener Jay Panelo
Lomography Xpro Slide 200 film cross-processed in C-41 chemistry
IMPOSSIBLE PIONEER CARD PROGRAM
I proudly showed-off my Impossible Project Pioneer Card to John and Duane. The Impossible Project makes new film for vintage Polaroid cameras. Their Pioneer Card allows folks who buy their film to receive discounts on purchases.
pictured: Impossible Project NYC HQ
110 FILM UPDATE
In the hope that Kodak would produce “special order” 110 batches of Ektar or Portra, I wrote a letter to Scott P. DiSabato, Marketing Manager, Professional Film, Eastman Kodak Company asking if such an order was possible. Sadly, Scott responded that Kodak’s 110 spooling machinery was “lost to the ages.”
above: Scott P. DiSabato, Marketing Manager, Professional Film, Eastman Kodak Company shot in 2009 on Kodak 400asa 110 film / Pentax Auto 110 camera
below: Eric Joseph, Senior V.P. Merchandising & Product Development, Freestyle Photographic Supplies
I also wrote a letter to Eric Joseph from Freestyle Photographic asking about the rumor or new 110 film coming from Adox, Europe.
Good to hear from you. I have had some conversations with Adox on the 110 film.
Bottom line is if they make it available to us we will carry it.
110 size format seems to still be interesting in Japan but here in the States there has been little interest. We don’t get many calls for this format anymore.
Powershovel seems to do a lot with it in Japan and I know that they bought up the last stocks of film from Kodak and Ferrania a while back.
It is kind of a chicken and egg thing. We never brought in the Holga 110 cameras because of the lack of interest in 110 format film and lack of availability. This could change though in the near future.
I will keep you posted.
Talk to you soon.
Senior V.P. Merchandising & Product Development
Freestyle Photographic Supplies
RETRO PHOTO MAGAZINES
A brisk discussion on how fun it is to read photo magazines from the 1970s and 1980s. Duane and I perused through the May 1972 issue of Popular Photography Magazine.
Freestyle Photographic ad from May 1972!!
Ad found for Mamiya TLR camera / May 1972
FAMOUS BRAND TRIPLE PRINT FILM – 1970s
This popular film from the 1970s was available and could only be processed by the "Jet Age Service" National Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. The special process yielded a print / wallet-sized print sized images.
Service was similar to the program offered by Seattle Film Works in the 1980s.
above: John Fedele shot in 1994 on 200 asa Seattle FilmWorks Color Print Film.
The film required special SFW-XL processing available only at Seattle Filmworks.
DREAMING OF A CANHAM LARGE FORMAT CAMERA
A FPP listener wrote in with his dreams of owning a Keith Canham large format camera. "K. B. Canham Cameras, Inc.", specializing in custom made cameras designed for professional photographers. Mr. Canham is working with Kodak on placing special orders for large format film. Check out Keith’s site at
Duane also discussed two large format film photographers knowledgeable about lenses:
POLAROID AUTOMATIC 100 LAND CAMERA
below: Behind-The-Scenes shot on the Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera
More info here:
Polaroid Peel-Apart Primer
Jammed film pack?
The Land List -- Using Electronic Flash With Pack Cameras
This month we’re giving away:
Kiev 6C 120 camera
Vivitar PN2011 35mm camera
Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity (book) by Michelle Bates
To enter our camera giveaways, please send your name, address and a small bit about yourself (and your photography) to FilmPhotographyPodcast (at) gmail.com
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above: The Vivitar PN2011 35mm camera
Our next podcast will be available on December 15. Til then, Shoot some Kodachrome!
- Michael Raso
Special thanks to Rob Nunn
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