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My first Xpro experience

Last week I posted my first experience with redscale film and this week I’m posting my first experiences with cross processed film. While I was reasonably happy with the redscale shots, the xpro’d rolls didn’t really send me.

We have two shots,  both are shot with very different film types, and shot with different cameras, but developed in at the same time.

Self portrait. Taken with the FM2 and between the development and metering, clearly over exposed. Tried to save it with the Epson V500 scan but not sure I did a good job.

The first shot was taken with a Nikon FM2n with a 28mm 2.8E lens. The film was Fujichrome CDU II Tungsten. This is actually designed to copy slides but there have been some cool shots on the Flikr with this. I found an expired 100′ roll on ebay for around $20 and figured I could spool it myself and shoot for cheap.  It is said that this film should be rated around 12ISO, so I tried that.

Shot outside the supermarket with a Canon Rebel. I had to adjust the exposure a bit using the scanner, but I think camera's meter did good job in this scene.

The second shot was taken with a Canon Rebel and a Sigma 17-35 wide angle zoom. I was using Velvia 50. The film had been in the camera for over a year before I cam around and finished the roll off with a few shots and then developed it. I also think it was just a bit expired.

The results appeared that both rolls seemed over exposed. I’m guessing that I might have screwed up the developing process and overdeveloped them, which is a bummer. In the case of the CDU II film, I really had to tweak the scan settings to pull up anything usable. Too bad.

Another possible problem with the CDUII is that the scene I shot was very snowy and I added some compensation to the metered exposure (using the FM2’s meter.) Perhaps I added 1 or 2 stops too much, and then when I developed it I might have accidentally added yet another stop or two? I’ll shoot the next roll using my F5 or F100 with their matrix metering and take more care during the developing process.


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