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F8&Bthere
07-28-2009, 11:26 AM
My son's birthday party in the park. I knew there were other photo enthusiasts coming who would have good gear and be willing to share their photos afterwards, so I decided to go old school. I took only my Pentax Super Program 35mm film camera and manual focus 50mm/1.4 lens- and that's it. I hadn't used the camera in quite some time but I saw a number 3 in the exposures display and thought I recalled putting a roll of 200 ISO in it a while back just for a few shots. So I'm happily snapping away, felt I was getting some really great shots, really enjoying the simplicity of the old camera. And when I get to around 24 - 25 exposures showing in the little display window I'm expecting the film advance to tighten up....and it doesn't....a few more shutter releases and now I'm up to 30...wait a minute, I never buy rolls of 36....what the...?
Yeah, no film in the camera. Embarassing!

Iguanasan
07-28-2009, 11:38 AM
Doh! Don't feel too bad. I know you are not the only one to make that mistake.

My brother-in-law (quite a few years ago now) shot an entire wedding without film :( He was pissed at himself. The bride and groom were none too happy either. He was a complete amateur so I guess you get what you pay for ;)

kat
07-28-2009, 11:50 AM
OMG! I wouldn't even have the words if I had that happen to me! As the bride or photographer!

I've been asked to do wedding but declined because I won't do one unless I had a second shooter in case I goofed up. I'm just not that secure in myself!

Did you end up getting nice shots F8? How did the party go?

F8&Bthere
07-28-2009, 12:00 PM
Party was fine. I ended up putting a fresh roll in but I tell ya, that goof-up took a lot of wind out of my sails. A few more guests arrived and I lost the light (was overcast, turned sunny), moment, and enthusiasm to try to repeat the shots. I don't know what I got on this roll though since I'm a bit out of town and my only film developing options are Extra Foods in town or Walmart (about 20kms away)- still pondering my options, maybe 1 hour photo on my next trip into Calgary.

Michaelaw
07-28-2009, 10:50 PM
LOL because it's something I can easily see myself doing and though I can't recall instances at present, I know just by knowing me, I've done many thing using the same basic M.O. One just has to realize the flaw of the moment, smile, and swear it will never happen again :)

kurtdriver
07-30-2009, 12:51 PM
who would have good gear and be willing to share their photos afterwards, so I decided to go old school. I took only my Pentax Super Program 35mm film camera and manual focus 50mm/1.4 lens- and that's it.

Sounds like you had good gear too.

Right now I'm making a mental note not to do the same. A while back I found myself in brilliant sunshine, having grabbed by mistake some iso 1600 film. Not the best pics.

F8&Bthere
07-30-2009, 03:02 PM
Ouch, i didn't even know they made 1600 ISO film. Most newer film cameras have a little window to see the film label. This Pentax doesn't. But the trick is to tear off the tab from the film box and stick it in the little holder on back of the camera- a habit which I never got into.... until now I guess.

kurtdriver
07-30-2009, 08:01 PM
Ouch, i didn't even know they made 1600 ISO film.

It was Fuji Film Press 1600 (http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/professional_photography/film/fujicolor_press/1600/index.html).
There 's also a Ilford Delta 3200 (http://www.ilfordphoto.com/products/product.asp?n=10). I don't think they're really that fast, they're made for pushing/pulling.

Marko
07-31-2009, 06:26 PM
Delta 3200 is an awesome film. GREAT grain! Shoot it at 1600 though.

I have forgotten to switch ISO a bunch of times on my DSLR and have shot daylight at iso 1000 - I NEVER have that prob with film cams (sigh)

kat
07-31-2009, 06:44 PM
Delta 3200 is an awesome film. GREAT grain! Shoot it at 1600 though.

I have forgotten to switch ISO a bunch of times on my DSLR and have shot daylight at iso 1000 - I NEVER have that prob with film cams (sigh)

I do that alllllll the time!

kurtdriver
07-31-2009, 09:30 PM
Delta 3200 is an awesome film. GREAT grain! Shoot it at 1600 though.



Thank you Marko, I don't really know what to do with that fast of a film. Nightime, I guess. I got a bunch of film with a camera and some lenses and it's just sat in the freezer for months. When you say it has great grain do you mean for film that fast or great grain overall?