Few months back my friend and I had an opportunity to do food photography at my another friend’s newly opened cafe, Standing Theory. It was my first attempt on food photography by using film camera, in both full frame and medium format. It was also my first time taking it seriously, by putting more effort in preparing the photo shooting session. We prepared some props such as DIY wooden platforms, black matte cardboard, bamboo mat, plants, and books. We also had a silver reflector, a flash, a tripod, and a dozens of film to be expendable. Knowing the risk of film photography, my friend prepared a digital camera as backup throughout the whole photo shooting session. (Probably will be shown in his blog)
We were given a spot near the entrance of the shop, so that we can utilize the natural light. The reflector and black cardboard seemed work well in controlling the lighting. We tried to avoid using flash with the film camera as neither of us had experience in it. I took a lot of photos, and these are just a small selection of my favorites from the day.
Nikon F100, Sigma AF 28-70mm f/2.8
Agfa Vista 400
Kodak Portra 160
Mamiya 645 Pro, Sekor-C 80mm f/2.8
Kodak Portra 400
Developed and scanned by BangBangGeng
Remember few months back when my friend was ordering some films on the internet on behalf of me, the word “Rollei” had captured my attention and I straight away asked my friend to place an order for 1 pack of the film (they are selling in 2 rolls per pack), without knowing the characteristic of the film, and without any research prior purchasing the film. I still have no idea what I actually got until I brought the film along with my recent trip to Chiang Mai. I was initially assuming it was just another typical colour negative film, only until I found out more on the internet after I developed the film.
Rollei Digibase CN 200 Pro is an unmasked colour negative film for general photographic uses. It has no orange dye mask which is usually found in other films. On the film description, it is actually produced by Agfa Belgium factory, not by Rollei. Later only I found out that the film is actually owned and manufactured by Maco Photo Products, as they have bought the Rollei and Agfa names and formulas. It is claimed by the manufacturer that the film shows high degree of sharpness and distinguished grain, as well as consistent tonality. It has a wide exposure latitude (around +/- 1 stop) so that the film is capable to work under a variety of lighting and weather conditions. It also has a special coatings on the polyester-based film that minimize its potential for scratches and anti-static flaws. There are a few more highlights of the film which can be found from B&H website.
My first roll of this film gave me great satisfaction. The colour is rich, saturation is great and sharpness of the film is there as promised. Grain is not as fine as it is claimed, especially at indoor condition, but it is still acceptable for me. Yes, the tonality is consistent throughout the whole exposure range. This roll of film was developed at a local photo lab in Chiang Mai which I have no experience dealing with, and scanned in standard definition. Still, the result is great, so I guess this film is easy to develop and scan, with excellent results.
Chinon MA-8, Kalimar 50mm f/1.7, Soligor MC 24mm f/2.5
Rollei Digibase CN 200 Pro
Developed and scanned by Best Photo Photography Lab, Chiang Mai