In a week or so, I will be publishing a magazine article about a special brand of generic film which was available in drugstores. It’s a story about a film which was specifically labelled for the german drugstore market ‘dm’. They stopped selling it last year. It was an ISO 200 film, most probably a Fujifilm C200, which I liked. Shooting with it was fun, because the film was tremendously cheap: 3.45 Euros for three rolls! Imagine that: less than 1.20 € for one roll of film. The ISO 400 film was indiscernibly more expensive: 1.45 € a roll. No kidding.
Last year, this brand was discontinued and I am looking back with a personal view, telling about the habits I adapted by dealing with expendable items like this, and how the industry situation is like in Germany now (sales figures decrease 20 to 30 percent each year). The magazine story will be published in Photoklassik II/2016, a german magazine dedicated to analog photography.
When the dm market officially announced the dm200 Paradies and the dm400 Paradies would be discontinued, I bought sixty or seventy rolls of the 200 and ten or twenty rolls of the 400 and was done with it. Now I’m looking for new ways, regarding photographic color film.
The color pictures shown here are made with dm400 and the nice Nikon AF600 – first we went to the district Berlin-Neukölln, then me moved on to Berlin-Mitte to get to the tower and to purchase some other film, developer and fixer afterwards. I had already showed the Fernsehturm (TV-Tower) in my first post here (“Launch Status Check”), to take that picture I was standing on the top of a big hotel which you can see in the black and white gallery at the bottom of this post.
What’s next? I am going to try some Kodak Vision3 500T, which is a film for motion pictures. The details will be dealt with in another post when I start out with it (keywords: remjet, ECN-2, loading, 400ft bulk, mixing chemicals) but on week #6 I purchased a roll of it, accompanied by my elder daughter who was sick that day, so she could stay with me instead of going to Kindergarten. Afterwards we were celebrating the purchase and went up to the Tower at Alexanderplatz. She’s five and this was her first time being up somewhere up this high (flying to Paris being an exception).
After two rolls of dm400 Paradies I had a Delta400. I like it’s resolution capabilities as much as I am astounded by the quality of the 28mm lens of the AF600 point and shoot. I’d like to compare a print with one from the Hasselblad 500 C/M with a 50mm Distagon on it.
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