Kodak BW400CN Film Discontinuation Notice

2014-08-20


KODAK PROFESSIONAL BW400CN Film -- discontinuation notice on August 14, 2014 


I am novice on films. I find this journalistic C41 b&w film to be unique with fine grain, great contrast and creamy look. I preferred it over the Ilford XP2. I find BW400CN easiest to scan as color negatives and have the dust removal feature available in scanning. Even my lowly flatbed cannon scanner at home likes this film.

Kodak BW400CN Film Discontinuation Notice
IMG_0001-2 by hin_man, on Flickr
shot with Kodak BW400CN, scanned with Canon 8800F

Kodak BW400CN Film Discontinuation Notice
DSC07506 by hin_man, on Flickr
Two more rolls to go

I quite often see this film on display in places like Walmart and CVS, I thought wrongly that this film will last longer than others. The discontinuation notice of BW400CN in Kodak's site leads me to this wonderful 100% film photographer

Tanja Lippert  -- http://tanjalippert.blogspot.com/

and the discovery of this wonderful development place that she has used for her professional work

Indie Film Lab  -- http://indiefilmlab.com/

All is not lost in this piece of sad news, I hope the few films that I love live on -- Fuji Acros 100, Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak Ektar. 

Chewy with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and Sony NEX 5N

2014-07-25
I met Chewy last weekend while doing the Smog check for my wife's car. I have my Sigma 60 and nex 5N to do some causal shots on Chewy.

Chewy with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and Sony NEX 5N
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Chewy with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and Sony NEX 5N
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Chewy with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and Sony NEX 5N
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Not great shots to show off the lens but casual shots with p&s mentality and the lens does beautifully. And a crop to show the eye's reflection 

Chewy with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and Sony NEX 5N
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All shot with Sigma 60mm f/2.8 and nex 5N

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC and Sony A7

2014-07-23

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC


Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

A picture taken by the Canon FD 55mm f/1.4 SSC on Sony A7. 


Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC
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And some casual test shots with Sony A7 today in my neighbor's garden with wild flowers. 

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC

All flower pictures are shot in f/2.0 with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC and Sony A7.   This 50mm has good image quality and it is not expensive to find a good copy with perfect optics.   My copy is in outstanding condition.    Comparing to the Takumar 50mm f/1.4, the Canon is bigger and heavier and the focusing ring is perhaps a bit tighter than the Takumar but image quality is pleasing.   This Canon lens has a warmer tone than the Takumar but overall I am well pleased with the lens for its color and bokeh.     


Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white

2014-07-22
Instead of selling this lens, I renew my interest in keeping it as it has an unique character especially for black and white photos. It is a cute pancake and works reasonably well on aps-c.   My copy does not need any modification and focus at infinity is a non-issue for me.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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I have ordered a 24mm to 37mm step up ring attempting to dress it up with a lens hood with 37mm vented Leica style metal hood. I don't exactly know if 24mm will fit the front or if a step-up ring will hinder the aperture adjustment. I will update how it goes in about 3 days.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Aperture ring is in the front of the lens. Lens is prone to flare lowering its contrast. With a hood, this may become a better street shooter in b&w.

Update: It is a shame that 24mm is not the filter thread size but 22.5mm or maybe 22mm is and I don't think I can easily find a step-up ring that can work with a lens hood such as a Leica style vented lens hood in 37mm. 

I just found out the filter size from this blog post and pictures

http://www.lilyandlamb.com/blog/industar-69-28mm-f28

I shot the following in b&w creative with 5N in about f/10. In b&w mode, the peaking focus will help even in strong lit afternoon sun against the LCD. When I shot the following, I was not able to see detail on my LCD because of the Sun and I don't have EVF on my 5N.

I may over-do the processing with Red Hi-Contrast filter on LR.

Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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Industar 69 28mm f/2.8 for black and white
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I want to find the right lens hood so that I can try improving the contrast. When using this lens for color shot, there are scenes that this lens will come up oddly with low contrast and bokeh is not its strength. Size, form factor and ease of use with exception on the aperture selection make up the fondness of this pancake for the budget minded. 
 
 

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