Film left for dead

by David Robertson May. 17, 2020 275 views

I love my Mamiya C330F camera. It is completely manual, no batteries, has what could be considered live view before live view, and was a strong choice for wedding photographers back in the film days. Me, I think it is the bomb for landscape shots, and when I was on flickr, it was consistently my best performer for getting on explore, even against my Nikons, etc.

I also have the Olympus XA2 which I splurged for and took along when I was a teen and hiked on the Pacific Crest Trail for a couple hundred miles back in the early 80s. I remembered how much I enjoyed its output even though I knew noting about photography. When I ventured from digital back into film and had already fallen in love with the Mamiya, I sought one out on ebay, and was surprised at how they had held their value.

So after languishing post divorce and worrying about finances, and just an overall photography malaise, I let two rolls of 120 from the Mamiya sit in my glove box for two years being baked repeatedly at well over a 110F, and frozen at -10F. I assumed they were probably shot and was thinking about tossing them, and got to a point where I couldn't even remember what was on them.

I also had a roll of Fuji Natura 1600 that I had paid quite a bit for in my XA2, that had only about three shots taken. It had been through airport security and I assumed being 1600 speed and having been irradiated, it would be shot as well.

So when my stimulus check came, I decided I could risk sending them in and eat the developing of nothing or something unrecognizeable. It costs me about $8 a roll for the film, $12 per 12 shots with the Mamiya to develop, and the shipping to and from LA or Portland. I decided on the darkroom in LA, and read on their site that the pandemic meant it might sit for a long time. To my surprise, they hit it and returned it pretty quick. I was pleasantly surprised that time had been kind to the film, and there were a few shots I liked. So here are four that I enjoyed.

Blue Mountains - Mamiya C330 and ektar 100 I think

Blue Mountains - Mamiya C330 and ektar 100 I think

Foothills in Fall - Mamiya C330 and ektar 100 I think

Foothills in Fall - Mamiya C330 and ektar 100 I think

Stoop - Olympus XA2 and Fuji Natura 1600

Stoop - Olympus XA2 and Fuji Natura 1600

Downspout - Olympus XA2 and Fuji Natura 1600

Downspout - Olympus XA2 and Fuji Natura 1600

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

Those Mamiyas are quality. Love to own one. Pretty good results from the films

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David Robertson Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months ago

Thanks..I used to get $200 to spend on my birthday and was looking for lenses for my digital which, as you know, won't get you much.  I ended up stumbling across a Mamiya group on flickr and was stunned at the level of photography.  Looked on ebay and shelled out $200 and it is still one of the best purchases I ever made.

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Brett Johnson 11 months, 1 week ago

6x6 landscapes, lovely, just brilliant!

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David Robertson Replied to Brett Johnson 11 months ago

Thanks amigo.  Definitely always the most rewarding shots...albeit becoming pretty pricey to play with.

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