Jezza’s Film Follies – (Digital Eyes, Analog Body)

Colours are nice and vibrant

Colours are nice and vibrant

I have to seriously use the film that I get within its sell by date. Having said that, this is the 2nd to last roll of film I have had sitting around for over a year.  That film in question is Fujifilm’s Pro 400h color negative film.  This didn’t have that colour shift that I got from my previous old roll of film (Kodak Chrome 100) which the post can be read here.  But then again, that roll was, I would guess, about 10 years old.

My gear of choice for this shoot

My gear of choice for this shoot

I can see some real goodness in this film, but it is expired, and I see some grain creeping in. Oh – I almost forgot to mention the gear I used.  As the title states, I used “digital eyes” (Pentax’s DA 40mm 2.8 XS) on an analog body (Pentax *ist film body). Wait, digital lens on a film body? Can that be done?  Yes, it can – just know that most digital sensors are cropped (APS-C), which is smaller than a 35mm frame.  So, the image circle on digital-only lenses are smaller than that of a film or ‘full frame’ lens.

Read more about this here.

L - Pentax M50 F/1.7 R - Pentax 40mm XS F/2.8 notice how much bigger the M50's image circle is

L – Pentax M50 F/1.7
R – Pentax 40mm XS F/2.8
notice how much bigger the M50’s image circle is

What’s the drawback?  Well, expect to get vignetting when shooting wide open. I was lucky enough that the maximum aperture is F/2.8, and the focal length is at 40mm.  I think if the focal length is wider and with a bigger aperture, vignetting would be much worse.

Shot at F/2.8.  Notice the very dark corners.

Shot at F/2.8. Notice the very dark corners.

I ended up shooting mostly at F/5.6 to reduce this, and the effects seems like I wasn’t shooting a digital lens at all.  Combined with the fact that the *ist is one of the smallest film SLR’s out there, and the 40mm XS is a pancake lens, this kit was extremely light, and super compact!  The grip does make the kit a bit chunkier, but that is because the camera allows me to use 4 AA’s instead of the CR2’s the *ist natively uses.

Super small!

Super small!

Ok, so now back to the film.  I need to get a fresh roll and try it again.  I did love this film, but not as much as I loved Kodak’s Ektar. (see My post here on it and Alvin’s here) I didn’t love the grain much, but again, it’s probably because it was expired. So, I won’t really say much more about this film since I don’t think I am giving it a fair shot.

Given the shots that this kit produced, I am more than happy to revisit in the near future.  For now, enjoy the rest of what I thought was cool to display in this post.  These shots were un-edited, aside for the watermarks.

Love the rusty tank

Love the rusty tank

Great how the Freedom Tower is still distinguishable.

Great how the Freedom Tower is still distinguishable.

A couple just making their way to somewhere

A couple just making their way to somewhere

Family just touring about

Family just touring about

This alley was just cool

This alley was just cool

Daylight shot, GRAIN!

Daylight shot, GRAIN!

My old stomping grounds, surprised the lens held up fairly well despite the sun right up on me.

My old stomping grounds. I was surprised the lens held up fairly well despite the sun right up on me.

Not quite as good as the PanF version

Not quite as good as the PanF version

Long exposure, came out pretty good IMO.

Long exposure, came out pretty good IMO.

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