March 29, 2021

From Gerald R. Lucas

Big Mistake? covid-19: day 371 | US: GA | info | act

I took the Holga with me on my walk today, so I could finish the roll of film it’s had in it probably since 2007. It’s an act of purist optimism to think that any of it is going to come out at all. Anyway, I wanted to finish it, so I could try an online processing lab.

I’ve been looking into these, and I found a close one in Birmingham, AL, called Indie Film Lab. I like that they are close, and their prices seem comparable to others I’ve found—mostly on the west coast. What the hell, I give them a try.

I went through the process of creating an account and selecting the service I want: mostly developing and scanning. They also return the negatives. I was able to print an invoice and wrap up the film which I will mail tomorrow. After all this, I wonder if I can afford to shoot film. Seriously, just paying for the black and white service and the return of my negatives is $25! This does not include the shipping of my film to them, which is likely to be another $8 or so. I’m not sure I can do over $30 per roll.

What have I gotten myself into? That is a lot of money, especially for this roll of film that I am quite confident will look terrible. Well, I’m committed now.

Here’s a photo of a spring leaf taken with the Jupiter-9 2/85.

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Leica Camera and Lens Information
📷: Leica M (Typ 262) (01/2017–12/2020) • Leica SL (Typ 601) (12/2020–). Leica Lenses: Leica Summicron-M 2/50 (Typ IV)Leica Summicron-M 2/35mm ASPH (Typ V). Other Lenses: Asahi Super-Takumar 1.4/50 8-ElementAsahi Super-Takumar 1.8/55Asahi Super-Takumar 2.5/135Canon 1.4/50 LTM Helios 44m-4 2/58Industar 61 2.8/55Jupiter-8 2/50Jupiter-9 2/85Konica Hexinon AR 1.8/40Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 2.8/100Olympus Zuiko 2.8/24Olympus Zuiko 2.8/28Olympus Zuiko 1.8/50Olympus Zuiko 2/85Vivitar 2.8/28 • Voigtländer Nokton Classic 1.4/40 MC • Voigtländer Ultron 1.8/21. Processed with Capture One Pro.