Friday, January 21, 2011

Vintage 120 Film Camera / BW Home Development Package Give Away!

Vintage Camera / Home Development Package Give Away!

Blog by Michael Raso

When we announced our camera and home development contest last month on The Film Photography Podcast, I had no idea that it bound to become our most spectacular giveaway yet.

The contest was initiated when podcast listener HeeSoo donated a package containing a vintage Ciro-Flex 120 TLR camera, 120 film and Rodinal-Equiv home developer.

A few days later, I received an e-mail from another FPP listener. Keith Derickson noticed our contest and donated the film development tank that’s needed for the home development process.

I tipped off our good friends at Freestyle Photographic Supply about our ongoing contest and they donated the rest of the chemicals to develop film at home.

This has turned out to be our biggest contest to date!

One winner will be chosen and announced on the Episode 27 / February 1, 2011 Film Photography Podcast Internet Radio Show

The winner will receive:

A vintage Ciro-Flex 120 TLR camera
One roll FujiFilm Neopan 100 Black & White film
One roll Fomapan 100 Classic Black & White film
One roll Fomapan 400 Action Black & White film
One roll Arista Ultra 400 Black & White film
A vintage home development tank
Rodinal equivalent developer
Arista Indicator Stop Bath
Arista Universal Fixer
Arista Hypo Wash
Arista Flow Wetting Agent

You will need a few other household items – a thermometer, measuring cups and running water.

To enter, please send your name, address and a tell us a little bit about your passion for film to FilmPhotographyPodcast (at)

Get your entry in by January 24th, 2011
Only one entry per person and you must be 18 years or older

Below: Images by Film Photography Podcast listeners developed in Rodinal

Have you developed BW film at home using Rodinal? Care to share your step-by-step process. Leave a comment or send an e-mail to us at FilmPhotographyPodcast (at)

Many thanks to HeeSoo, Keith Derickson and Freestyle Photographic Supply !

Freestyle Photographic Supply

The Film Photography Podcast
Launched in October of 2009, the Film Photography Podcast is a 90 minute, bi-weekly Internet radio program, exploring a wide range of topics relevant to the experienced and aspiring photographer using film as a medium. Hosts Michael Raso and Duane Polcou enthusiastically dissect and debate the pros-and-cons of film formats, do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, and vintage and contemporary cameras and accessories in a thorough, informative and casual manner. Regular features include Camera tests and reviews, “book of the month”, interviews, a listener-generated Q&A, and film-related giveaways.

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  1. This is a spectacular contest... thanks. My husband uses Rodinal - I will send him this way.

  2. Hey ... that's my image in the above Images by Film Photography Podcast listeners developed in Rodinal" .... Thanks !

  3. Amazing stuff! I'm thinking of doing a film developing party. ^_^ "OK everybody, AGITATE!" heh ...

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  5. I don't want to win the camera. I already own a Ciroflex, Rodinal, and all the other goodies. I'd just like to state that I've used Rodinal for a few years now and it's a great developer. I'm more of an Xtol fan, but Rodinal is one of the most economical developers out there (along with HC110.) Personally, I will turn to Rodinal more for enhanced grain, using it 1:25 than I do to stand develop (1:100) film. Tri-X in Rodinal at 1:25 looks very old skool. You get to really see the grain and appreciate it. Fomapan 400 looks great in Rodinal at 1:25. And even HP5+ looks good in Rodinal at 1:25 even though people recommend against it. My point is that most people using Rodinal seem to be on a quest to get the most shadow detail and 'perfect' results. I like it because I can use it to blow up grain. This is an 8x10 print done with a #5 contrast filter on MG paper of some Tri-X done in Rodinal:

    You can see the original scan of the film frame here:

    I see a lot of the people online always trying to hit perfection in terms of tonal range, sharpness, and shadow detail. Sometimes I like to purposely throw it away in favor of accutance and grain that gives you the look of a truly analog process.

  6. And just as a point of interest, here's a photo I made on Shanghai GP3 film using my Ciroflex E. The photo is developed in Rodinal 1:25.

    This might give your contest entrants something to look forward to when they daydream of winning a neat old camera and some chemicals.

  7. where do you post the winners of your contests?