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I've just bought a Kodak Retinette and it's loaded with film. The indicator on top says Kodachrome daylight film. It's had 14 or 15 shots taken is it worth finishing this roll and getting it developed? Would it be 64 or 25 do you reckon?
 
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If it's Kodachrome slide film then you can only get black and white from it these days (specialist process from a good photo lab - I believe AG Photolab offer this service), unfortunately the last Kodachrome slide processing plant closed down several years ago and the process and chemicals are no longer available. From memory, 64 ASA was more popular with the general public than 25. However, there's no guarantee that the indicator is on the right setting for the film inside the camera, so perhaps shoot at 64 ISO and see what you've got when you finish the film. If it's old 100 ISO print film then overexposing it that much might do the trick!
 
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From what I can find most Bonusprint films used Konica Centuria, the DX coded ones did anyway. This is not DX coded so it's probably from before 1983/84. BonusPrint have been on the go since 1965, opening their first shop in 1979.
 
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I thought Koadachrome might have been a bit ambitious for the average Retinette owner. ;)
My late father took thousands of good photographs on Kodachrome using his Retinette 1B. I still have boxes of slides and the 1B but the meter in the camera is no good anymore like most selenium meters. The slides still have bright colours unlike the ones on Agfa which became his favourite film in latter years. It might have been the plastic frame that made him change his mind.

It wasn't Paul Simon's mama that took his Kodachrome away, it was the advent of digital cameras and commercial pressure.
 
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I was looking for my old Lightbox (which I found) and turned up these old unloved films, I think I will give them a try obviously not on anything unrepeatable but I may piggy back with digital for anything I might want to keep. I was thinking of just over exposing by 1 stop from box speed to account for the age and poor storage.

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The one 2nd right is Ektachrome 100 HC.
 
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I was looking for my old Lightbox (which I found) and turned up these old unloved films, I think I will give them a try obviously not on anything unrepeatable but I may piggy back with digital for anything I might want to keep. I was thinking of just over exposing by 1 stop from box speed to account for the age and poor storage.

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The one 2nd right is Ektachrome 100 HC.
Good luck. The usual rule of thumb is...

Colour negative - overexpose by one stop per decade of expiry.

B&W - overexpose by half a stop per decade of expiry.

Colour film tends to be more hit and miss than B&W in my experience as the dyes in the emulsion can deteriorate at different rates resulting in colour shifts. I’ve just shot a roll of 200asa Dixon’s branded film and ended up converting most of the results to B&W due to a heavy purple tint in the images. The B&W versions look pretty nice though.

Faster films tend to fare worse than slower films too, so that HR1600 might not be in the best state. You never know until you try though, so hope you fare well (and don’t forget to post up the results in here :)).
 
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Good luck. The usual rule of thumb is...

Colour negative - overexpose by one stop per decade of expiry.

B&W - overexpose by half a stop per decade of expiry.

Colour film tends to be more hit and miss than B&W in my experience as the dyes in the emulsion can deteriorate at different rates resulting in colour shifts. I’ve just shot a roll of 200asa Dixon’s branded film and ended up converting most of the results to B&W due to a heavy purple tint in the images. The B&W versions look pretty nice though.

Faster films tend to fare worse than slower films too, so that HR1600 might not be in the best state. You never know until you try though, so hope you fare well (and don’t forget to post up the results in here :)).
Thanks for the advice and I certainly will post when I have some results. Actually I will probably try the 1600 first can't remember how good/bad it was back in it's day.
 
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I was given this Voigtlander Vito B about 20 years ago and all that time it's sat in a drawer and I've never put a film through it. After lurking on (and enjoying this forum) for a while, I thought it was about time to get motivated and put a film through it. The camera appears to work okay, so I've loaded a roll of FP4 Plus and we'll see how well it works.

It's a long time since I shot any film and if all goes well, I'll pop some of the results on here.

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I was given this Voigtlander Vito B about 20 years ago and all that time it's sat in a drawer and I've never put a film through it. After lurking on (and enjoying this forum) for a while, I thought it was about time to get motivated and put a film through it. The camera appears to work okay, so I've loaded a roll of FP4 Plus and we'll see how well it works.

It's a long time since I shot any film and if all goes well, I'll pop some of the results on here.

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My all-time favourite camera. Everything about it is just right.
 

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I was given this Voigtlander Vito B about 20 years ago and all that time it's sat in a drawer and I've never put a film through it. After lurking on (and enjoying this forum) for a while, I thought it was about time to get motivated and put a film through it. The camera appears to work okay, so I've loaded a roll of FP4 Plus and we'll see how well it works.

It's a long time since I shot any film and if all goes well, I'll pop some of the results on here.

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It's one of my faves as well, I love a good voigtlander. Looking forward to seeing the results.
 
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My late father took thousands of good photographs on Kodachrome using his Retinette 1B. I still have boxes of slides and the 1B but the meter in the camera is no good anymore like most selenium meters. The slides still have bright colours unlike the ones on Agfa which became his favourite film in latter years. It might have been the plastic frame that made him change his mind.

It wasn't Paul Simon's mama that took his Kodachrome away, it was the advent of digital cameras and commercial pressure.
That's why I referred to the 'average' Retinette owner; I expect your father was probably in the minority of owners that used Kodachrome in this camera, but I'm glad he did as you should have a nice and long-lasting photo legacy. :)

I have a Retinette 1B and the meter still works accurately on it and I like the way the meter displays in the viewfinder, and the plastic lever/tabs make setting the shutter speeds and aperture a doddle. The lens on mine is quite sharp and it takes good photos, but unfortunately the shutter speeds are a bit sticky and run slow after the camera has been standing a day or so. This needs half a dozen firings to get them running at their correct speed, which means that I have to shoot a full film on the same day if using this camera.

Sadly, it's current value precludes a service to sort the issue, as it would cost several times what the camera is worth to send it to a good camera technician for a CLA. A nice camera though, and I actually prefer using this to the Voigtlander BL I have.
 
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It's one of my faves as well, I love a good voigtlander. Looking forward to seeing the results.
Thanks Andy. I vaguely rememember my Dad borrowing a Voigtlander from a friend, when I was a kid. My Dad loved it. I seem to remember tthat it had a rangefinder. Could be wrong though.
 

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My favourite 35mm camera is a Voigtlander Bessamatic, the lenses are top notch and the shutter sound makes me go weak at the knees.....lubberly.
 
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I happened upon a Flea Market yesterday afternoon and found this little number. Not much i know but i'm really into little point and shoots at the minute and despite being extremely basic it supposedly has a sharp lens on. Cost me all of £2 and it all appears to be working, got a roll of film in it now to test. If it all goes well this will be my take anywhere camera; I currently only have a Contax T2 that will fit in my pocket which is would cost 350 times more than this to replace at current values :eek: hence it doesn't go "everywhere" with me :LOL:

I also picked up a development tank from the same stall, which has got me thinking I should probably learnt to dev my own film :thinking:

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..and me and must have missed something as she just looks erm nice\pleasant to me.
She is also, funny, intelligent and an excellent poker player. She hosts a quiz show called only connect which is significantly more difficult than the regular TV dross.
 

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:rolleyes: I had to google "only connect tv show" :rolleyes:
Seen it in listings once or twice; never watched.

Memo to self - must stay in more watching TV :)




Perhaps not....
 
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Today's early trip to Crewe flea market (euphemistically called a car boot) yielded a retro leather camera bag which had at one time, but no longer, held an Olympus OM2 (evidenced by the instruction books) but now only contained some odds and ends - including an Olympus 35RD with f/1.7 lens which is in working order except for speeds below a 1/15th, which is par for the course, an Olympus T20 and T32 flash and some cokin filters and holder - not a bad haul.
 
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Today's early trip to Crewe flea market (euphemistically called a car boot) yielded a retro leather camera bag which had at one time, but no longer, held an Olympus OM2 (evidenced by the instruction books) but now only contained some odds and ends - including an Olympus 35RD with f/1.7 lens which is in working order except for speeds below a 1/15th, which is par for the course, an Olympus T20 and T32 flash and some cokin filters and holder - not a bad haul.
Which filters did you get?
 
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Which filters did you get?
Daylight>tungsten and vice versa, 16star, galaxy diffractor (funky man), pastel (soft focus), red inspot , inspot 1 (colourless). So a couple I do not have already,
 
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She is also, funny, intelligent and an excellent poker player.
She's always seemed to me to be rather harder than a block of tool steel.
 

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Pickup up this rather nice XA3 the weekend for £25.00.

Have been looking for a small pocket sized camera to carry around during the week and this fits the bill nicely.

Was sold wit a defective flash, which took a couple of minutes to clean the battery contacts and it spring back into life....

Currently loaded with XP2 and will be interesting to see the results.

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