The Intrepid 8x10 arrived today and is back in the box and ready to be returned to England tomorrow for a refund. Completely disappointed in the lack of craftsmanship and construction. Right out of the box, the gearing would slip and make grinding noises when extending the bed of the camera. Inserting an 8x10 film holder in the camera showed that there was going to be light leaks, due to a poorly machined fit. I did not expect a Deardorff or even a Chamonix for the price, but this camera could not have been put through any post production quality control checks. The old saying, you get what you pay for, holds true most of the time. I love my Harman Titan 4x5 pinhole, all three Rollei’s, and the Holga’s (including the HolgAngulon 612). I will stick to what I have and pass on 8x10 for now.
We could have our first snow in the early morning hours. I suppose I should get used to getting out in the cold and loading the wood boiler and then getting the snow off the car, scraping windows, and warming her up before the ride to the clinic in the morning.
I have been experimenting with Fomapan 100 in 120 format, having shot about six rolls now. I was not expecting it to challenge my long-standing use of Ilford FP4, but I have to say, thus far, I am quite impressed with the inherent resolution and contrast in Rodinal. It is also a bit cheaper via Freestyle Photo, which is an added plus. Looking forward to seeing how it does this winter in holding detail in the highlights with our snow. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot-you might be pleasantly surprised. My personal development time in Rodinal 1:50 at 68F is 6.5 minutes, with agitation for the first thirty seconds and every minute thereafter.
I am quite elated over the insipid return of the film industry, especially smaller companies, catering to analogue photographers with special interest films, as well as general photographic offerings. I remember when people started buying vinyl again after CD’s all but eliminated album collections (sadly, including mine). Long live analogue photography.