i lose my medium format virginity

Negative of a Chinese neon sign

Negative of a Chinese neon sign

I got my first batch of medium format film back yesterday! And it only cost $43 and change for 5 rolls, so either the price was less than I thought, or the discount I get with my membership bigger.

I haven’t ordered any prints yet, because obviously I need to go through them and see what’s worth printing. But I got a price list, and the prices are very reasonable. You can order them matted too, which is good because it’s almost impossible to find 3X3 or 6X6 ready-cut mattes nowadays. The turnaround time is kind of long, 2-3 weeks, but I was expecting that.

Some of them aren’t that great, wonky exposure times, but I was expecting there to be a steep learning curve at first, so I’m not disappointed. Now that I’ve learned the camera, I’m going to remove the frame and start shooting 12 exposures per roll, instead of the smaller 16 that I have been. The flaws and distortions–especially the vignetting–tend to be more noticeable in the bigger negatives. (Which normally would be a bad thing, except that’s pretty much the point of toy cameras.) But while I was still learning to use the camera, it made more sense to be conservative with my film.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anthony
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 09:58:39

    So you’re liking the Diana? I have been very tempted lately to experiment with medium-format toy cameras (because they’re a lot cheaper than the nice ones) using black and white film. I don’t think I could afford to be buying and sending out color film on a regular basis. The Holga/Diana thing really does look like a lot of fun.

  2. pinstripebindi
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 10:11:00

    @ Anthony:I like it so far, but I haven’t had any prints made. Maybe they’ll all be crap, although I hope not! I don’t think I could afford to send out color film very often either, but I’ll probably be doing it only once a month or two, as this is just a hobby. I would like to eventually print them myself, although developing never interested me as much.

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