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Photography by Mark Tomlinson

Getting back into analogue

I have started to get back into film. I purchased a Nikon F60, F90x and Nikkor 28-80mm AF-D lens for just £55 to get going with 35mm. I also purchased some Ilford FP4, HP5 and Fomapan 200 and 400 film from Silverprint. I had good experiences with the Foma film in the past, but it seems to have a bad reputation for grain. I got some Rodinal which I have never used before and some Tanol (a staining developer from Wolfgang Moersch).

I also sorted out my darkroom which I have not used for about 6 or 7 years. The enlarger lenses have deteriorated and have fungus, but it is relatively cheap to replace them. At least with slower lenses like the Minolta Rokkor 50mm f4 which I picked up for £10 and a Minolta Rokkor 75mm for £30. These are lesser known lenses but have a good reputation. My LPL 7700 enlarger has some rust developing but still works. I have loads of trays, chemical containers, a print washer, a dry mount press, RH Analyser and a print dryer among other things.

There is also a lot of old paper from my last foray into the darkroom. Mostly lithable paper like Foma, Slavich, Kentmere Kentona and Adox. I hope it still works, but it has not been stored very well. Lith printing was one of my favourite types of darkroom endeavour.

Here are a couple of attempts at developing Fomapan 200 in Rodinal (or rather Foma’s version of it). These were scanned on my Plustek 8100.

Skull. Fomapan 200 rated at 200. Rodinal 1+25.

Still life with pears. Fomapan 200 rated 200. Rodinal 1+25.

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