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    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 9th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    using an old film camera
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    using an old film camera 9th Mar 17 at 1:01 PM
    I'm not sure where to post this query. I thought about the techie board, but it's the opposite of techie, really, more nostalgia! Perhaps the mods can move it if it doesn't belong in The Arms.

    I've got a good quality film camera (Pentax Espio 928) sitting in my drawer and I'd like to see if it's still working and to take some photos with it. However I'm not sure if anywhere still actually sells 35mm film now, or if anywhere will develop the pictures for me. I'm assuming everything is digital now?

    Does anyone out there still use a film camera, or know if the films and film-developing are still available?
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    • WestonDave
    • By WestonDave 9th Mar 17, 1:07 PM
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    Fairly sure some of the bigger Boots stores still do it in house or places like Jessops.
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    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 9th Mar 17, 1:17 PM
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    Yes a lot of people still use film cameras (well, not a lot of people in general but a lot of hobby photographers) and you can still get film developed by bigger branches of boots or camera shops.
    You can still buy rolls of film new in these places but you can also pick it up much cheaper second hand on ebay or facebook selling pages - people who've long since moved on to digital tidy up and discover a load of old rolls they'd bought and never used etc.
    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 9th Mar 17, 1:29 PM
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    Thanks, I will check out Boots or Jessops next time I'm in town. I'd be concerned about buying old rolls of film second hand - wouldn't want to take 24 or 36 pictures only to find that the film's poor quality or hasn't been stored properly.

    Gosh this is a trip down memory lane, I remember it used to take ages to use up a film, lol, unless you were going on holiday or somewhere where you were going to take loads of pictures.
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 9th Mar 17, 3:08 PM
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    This is most certainly a techie matter - I've never seen anyone able to take photos with a discussion.

    For starters, most discussions are not at all light-tight!

    The Espoo range were only introduced in the 1990s - so hardly nostalgic in camera terms as apart from film, they have many features that are still modelled in modern cameras!

    And some of us still have cameras from the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in functional condition that most "modern" photographers would be able to use without too much adjustment.
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    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 9th Mar 17, 3:10 PM
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    Oddly enough, the Pound shop sells 35mm film. Several places will still process it, maybe not on premises though.

    Remember you'll need to decide the ISO of the film (200 or 400 is probably safe to go for)

    Good luck!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Mar 17, 3:44 PM
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    I've still got a couple of 35mm cameras and a few rolls of film. In fact, I've probably still got a film in the camera that's not finished yet! I wonder what's on it?

    I haven't used them since I got digital ones, though.



    I've also still got my dad's old box brownie, though I've never used it, so I don't know if it works. Don't have any film for it.
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    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 9th Mar 17, 4:31 PM
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    Oddly enough, the Pound shop sells 35mm film. Several places will still process it, maybe not on premises though.

    Remember you'll need to decide the ISO of the film (200 or 400 is probably safe to go for)

    Good luck!
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    Thanks, I think the instruction manual mentions 800? It's been so long since I last bought a film for a camera I'm not that au fait with the different types now.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th Mar 17, 10:37 PM
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    My first camera was a box brownie, bought for 5p at a church jumble sale in the 70's

    I did learn how to develop film and print, many many moons ago at a youth club
    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 10th Mar 17, 10:06 AM
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    My first was a disc camera, remember those? It had 15 exposures per film. Halina Disc 108 it was called. They were a bit of a flash in the pan, I think.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 10th Mar 17, 12:32 PM
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    Thanks, I think the instruction manual mentions 800? It's been so long since I last bought a film for a camera I'm not that au fait with the different types now.
    Originally posted by tensandunits
    I use to work in Boots on the Camera counter, selling film and cameras - some of it is still in my head!

    You need a higher ISO film for capturing more light - but the cost of it is that the grain of the film is a bit larger - so you don't get quite as good a picture as a lower ISO.

    Do you know what you are planning on taking photos of?
    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 10th Mar 17, 1:56 PM
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    Do you know what you are planning on taking photos of?
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    I'll probably take some of the countryside where we are, a few seascapes, and maybe some of the kids if they keep still long enough. I might also take it to London when I next go.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 10th Mar 17, 2:13 PM
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    800 is probably the maximum ISO film the camera can handle and once above this you are into very specialist film anyway, so not worth worrying about.

    For daylight shooting 100 or 200 will be more than OK, just ensure you set your camera up for the right film speed.
    • Dreamnine
    • By Dreamnine 10th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    How easy it is now to take good photos with smartphones, share them, and never have the need to print them out.
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 10th Mar 17, 2:37 PM
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    film easily available still


    http://www.fotosense.co.uk/film-cameras/film/35mm-film.html


    truprint and others still develop


    its experiencing a resurgence , bit like vinyl LP's
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 10th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
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    I don't know if I could ever return to using my film camera

    Saying that I learned how to take good pictures using it as unlike digital you had to get it right first time as processing cost money and with digital, you can take 100 and hope that you get one or two good ones.
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    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 10th Mar 17, 3:12 PM
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    I found some photographic paper and developer of my fathers when I was clearing out last week, it must have been about 60+ years old. I thought about trying it to see if I could get anything out of it before deciding I CBA and chucking it in the bin.
    • tensandunits
    • By tensandunits 10th Mar 17, 4:03 PM
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    I did have a go at printing some black and white photos when I was at school (many moons ago!) My uncle was a keen photographer and was even able to develop colour prints himself, at home.
    • maninthestreet
    • By maninthestreet 10th Mar 17, 11:57 PM
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    Poundland sell Agfa-branded 35 mm (24 pictures) film. It's probably actually made by Fuji.
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