Category: Film

Getting ready for Costa Rica

This Monday I will catch a flight to San José, Costa Rica, for a two week holiday in which I’ll go around and explore the place. Clearly, I won’t go without a film camera, so here’s a bit of though about the equipment I will take with me.

  • Camera: Olympus XA. My initial choice was the OM-1, but its bulkier and I will probably prefer to have a more compact camera. Also, I care about my OM a lot and don’t want for anything to happen to it. I was also considering the LC-A with the Blik… Hmmm…
  • Films: i will bring a selection of Kodak films. Despite liking also other producers including Fujifilm, I like how Kodak emulsions tend to emphatise the warm colours. I have a couple of Portra 400s and I ordered a Ektar 100 and two Gold 200. In the eventuality that I will run out of film I’ll try and source something locally although seems like it will be hard to find anything good. If they sell something it will probably be the ColorPlus (mediocre) or the AgfaPhoto Color (which will do nicely).
  • Meter: my phone and the integrated TTL meter of the XA.

I still have plenty of pictures to upload, but eventually I will also upload the ones from this holiday!

See ya, folks! ✈️

[QnD] ISSF’s Guides to film rolls

This post is the first one in a series I call QnD or Quick and Dirty, because of their unpolished presentation.

I want to talk briefly about the IStillShootFilm.org’s guides to commercially available film. They come in two flavours, colour and black and white. The guides are not free, unfortunately, they cost US$ 6.99 each or US$9.99 if you buy them both.

Films are divided by manufacturer and there is a description for each kind of film. All different formats are covered in quite detail. The reviews don’t stop to major brands like Fuji and Kodak but also cover some less famous and more eclectic ones.

Good guides, can be useful to discover new films and learn a couple things about the films you already know (for instance, the quality level of the Agfa Vista Color).

More information and online store on ISSF.org.