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Posted: Thu Mar 6th, 2014 06:47
 
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Shook the dust off my Rollieflex 3.5F Planar I've had since 1960 and shot a roll of 120 HP5. Bit of sun at last at Tichfield Abbey this was shot at same time with my D800 and 24-70 lens and pola filter.

It will be interesting to compare the results. Can not show you the Rollie pix as I no longer have darkroom so have sent film off to Ilford's lab! It must be at least 15 yrs since I've shot film, do'nt miss it at all!

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PS This is a studio pix of the same Rollieflex taken as a prop with Nikon D3X.

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Had my Hasselblad out on the weekend to finish off a roll of B&W iso100. Hope to process them later this week. I develop the negs and then copy the negs with my D5100 and print them 10x10 on a Canon IPF6100. Enjoy this once and a while and find that the quality of the prints is rather good.



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Had the HP5 film developed by Ilford and a set of reasonable scans. Here is a result from a camera I have had since 1960 and still works as good as new. Not as sharp as the D800 pix but still quite good and some will like the grain!

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Looks like the film has lost sensitivity it is all B&W :lol:


I wonder what the D800 image would look like converted to B&W.
Pretty similar I guess but it might have a smoother result more like FP4 ?



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Here is the D800 image converted to B&W I did my best to match tones. At this size you can not see much of the extra fine detail but the D800 is very much sharper and more detail as we would all expect, but my point is the Rollieflex image would still make a very good 16x20 inch print!

The D800 image has a far wider range of tones with very good shadow and highlight detail compared with the film. Perhaps the Rollie image could be worked more. It would have been better match if I had used an orange filter.

I have found this a very interesting little exercise so hope it is also of interest here. It shows just how far we have all come in the last 15 years in terms of quality.

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Graham Whistler wrote:
Here is the D800 image converted to B&W I did my best to match tones. At this size you can not see much of the extra fine detail but the D800 is very much sharper and more detail as we would all expect, but my point is the Rollieflex image would still make a very good 16x20 inch print!

The D800 image has a far wider range of tones with very good shadow and highlight detail compared with the film. Perhaps the Rollie image could be worked more. It would have been better match if I had used an orange filter.

I have found this a very interesting little exercise so hope it is also of interest here. It shows just how far we have all come in the last 15 years in terms of quality.

Its easy to forget the size difference beween DSLR sensors and a 120 neg. We have come a long way.

Thanks for sharing.



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Yes I do think that it has been worthwhile.
The debates that raged on forums regarding 120 v 35mm and then film v digital and recently about How many MP required before digital is better than film get answered slowly and there is always the anti-technology camp.

However I believe that we are firmly in a digital age.
Graham's 120 image shows good detail in many areas but the D800 image does look more 5x4 like. :-)

The next debates are already out there.
Optical viewfinder v Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
APS-C v 4/3 format

Having the new Fuji XT1 with its great EVF convinces me that this is good enough for everyday use and the IQ from the 16MP sensor is as good as my FX Nikon D3S. However under certain lighting conditions the EVF is not suitable e.g. my flamenco dance pictures.

The debate over APS-C V 4/3 format is about sensor noise with small photosites and I dont think the technology is there yet!



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The sad point is in days of Rollie, Hasselblad, or Nikon F3 (film) these cameras were almost for life they were so well made. In 40 yrs of using Hasselblad I only ever had 4 bodies and the lens lasted almost for ever.
We seem to be needing now to get a new DSLR almost every three years. In less that 10 years we went Nikon D1, D1X, D2X D3X D800. But we all know the D800 is many times better than the D1 but it cost us photographers a lot of money to get there.



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The camera manufacturers will be loving it, though, Graham!

I used to like the grain back in the days of film but now I don't. I much prefer the D800 image. :)

 

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