When I purchased two Olympus XA for a bargain last week (52rolls is to blame), the seller showed me a compact flash point & shoot by Nikon with a 28mm lens. The price for the AF 600 was less than 3 rolls of Tri-X, so I took it with me and got me a roll of Ultramax.
The cam is cute, but you should better be shooting in the daylight, my party picts with the built in flash are not going to be shown here due to quality issues of the photographs (and I spare you another film of this obsessive week). I’ll leave it at that: They do not resemble the look made famous by Terry Richardson.
The outdoor results look fine, but be warned not to switch on the “Panoramic”-function of the AF 600 – that’s just masking the film with two extra horizontal borders like watching a cinemascope film on a TV screen.
I will come back to this cam for sure, because j’adore le Grand Angle, as they say in Paris and it is as small as a pack of cigarettes.
Besides, I really like Kodak Ultramax. I love Portra, but Ultramax is nice and has it’s consumer-friendly whoomp in terms of saturation.
Is it correct that in the US a roll of Ultramax is just two dollars? (Update: No, a roll for 36 frames is about 3.70 Dollars) Is it sold there as an ordinary, generic film in drugstores? If so, I envy the situation there. To my taste, in Berlin it’s not cheap enough – 4 Euros for a roll of 24 shots make me choose a roll of Portra instead. Give me Ultramax for 3 Euros /36 pictures and I am fine. But then again: in Germany you don’t find Portra, Velvia, 400H and the like in drugstores.
Logfile: I’m preparing for springtime already and ordered a set of five rolls of Fujifilm Reala 100 in 120 format. Really excited about that and can’t wait to see them performing with some adequate lenses.
Pollux on 52rolls:
- Launch Status Check: Pollux [Intro]
- #1.0 Neopan 400 & Rodinal
- #1.1 Silvermax
- #1.2 The White Stripes
- #2.0 Fade To Grey
- #2.1 Pushing Silvermax
- #2.2 Know Your Gear
- #2.3 What Took You So Long?
- #2.4 Diary Shots
- #2.5 Compact 28 + Ultramax
- #2.6 On 400H
- #3.0 Hard Boiled
- #4.0 Film Noir
- #5.0/5.1/5.2 Remain In Light
- #5.3 My Personal Holga
- #5.4 The Exhibition Cam
- #5.5/5.6 Portra and 400H
- #5.7 A Peculiar Roll (1993)
- #5.8/5.9 Great Photographer, Wasted Film
- #6.0 Diary Shots, 135mm on the F4
- #6.1-#6.3 Purchasing New Material, Celebrating
- #7.0-#7.2 Concert
- #8.0 Helicopter
- #9.0 Tres Cosas
- #10.0 One Shot per Roll
- #11.0/11.1: Parklife (Nikon F2)
- #12.0/12.1: Silvermax, F2 (24mm) + F5 (17mm + 210 mm)
- #13: Diary with a Point & Shoot
- #14: Medium Format: The Rangefinder of ’51
- #15: Memories of Friendship
- #16: [Pollux]: Epilogue