Plan B…


Well well well…what have we here?

It would seem that this ‘ole film may have some life left in it after all!

Believe-it-or-not (…and really, what reason would you have not to trust me?) this is actually Vision3 500T.

(Yes, the colour cinema film).

Frustrated, and unable to get any sort of reliable tones out of this film, I have deduced that it was produced in 2008, and likely not stored properly.  It is really a stretch to get anything out of it above ISO 200.

Faced with the prospect of chucking it all, I decided to try one more experiment:

This is shot at ISO 200 (and many of the frames are pushed, as I refused to go below 1/60s) and developed as B&W film in Rodinal developer.  I really had no clue where to start with it, so I went with my Eastman Double-X formula, and thought that I’d change the timing on subsequent rolls if necessary.  This was souped for 5 min in 1:20 at 20 ºC.  Yes, I still had to remove the Remjet beforehand, and did so in the (new) usual fashion–Hot baking soda shake in a stainless steel tank.  Removal was pretty thorough; one quick wipe with a sponge at the end to clean them fully.

On the upside, you don’t have to worry about contaminating your precious color chemicals, as the B&W developer gets tossed regardless.  They are definitely grainy (with heavy contrast) but I do like the look somewhat.

Guess I’ll keep it around for a bit…

(Anyone want like 200 feet?)


Happy Thanksgiving to all you fellow Canucks out there…












2 thoughts on “Plan B…

  1. Jason Timmis says:

    Hi Mark,

    These are great…from capture to scan! Only you can judge if all the work is worth it but they certainly have a nice look and feel about them.

    …..and in shot #1 of The Producer because you included the iron in the foreground… you have my friend… in my humble opinion…. nailed your first, ‘properly used’, 35mm shot!

    Happy Turkey Bird.

  2. mewanchuk says:

    Thanks Jason,

    I’m not sure I’m all the way over at “worth it” yet–There is definitely less tonality than the 5222 (and the Olympus Art filters will give you similar results…) but hey, if doesn’t involve chemicals, it probably isn’t worth doing!


    All the best,

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