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So I’ve had this film in my freezer for a while…

Kodak High Contrast Copy Film

Kodak High Contrast Copy Film

Type 5455 to be more specific

Type 5455 to be more specific

Information is pretty sparse for this film. I found a datasheet for “Recordak Micro-File Film Types 5455 & 7455” that seems to be the stuff.

Not knowing how to properly read a film datasheet yet, I searched around and found some info on Type 5069 and started there. If it’s similar, this film was originally rated for ~ ISO 25 (or less — specs for microfilm film are strange). Bracketing my first 24 exposure roll, this stuff is about ISO 6.

Tree bark.  Nikon FA set to ISO 25 and +1 exposure compensation (ISO 12).

Tree bark. Nikon FA set to ISO 25 and +1 exposure compensation (ISO 12).

Cloudy sky through the trees.

Cloudy sky through the trees.

Wormy wood.

Wormy wood.

I used Kodak HC110 developer dilution ‘B’ at 68F for 6 minutes, agitating the 1st 30 seconds and then 5 seconds every 30 after that. Definitely too much agitation for this film. I got nasty over-development marks at the sprocket holes. Next time I’ll try a much weaker dilution, less agitation, and longer time. I’ve also read that highly dilute Rodinal works well and Photographer’s Formulary makes TD-3 for techpan films. I still have about 97 feet so it will be fun to experiment.

I used Canon Scan Gear for the first two and VueScan for the last one.

Once I learn what I’m doing with this film, I think it will turn out some great exposures.

Inside an Agfa Rapid Cartridge

Emboldened by having two ‘D’ cartridges, I decided to dissect one to see what’s what.

Somewhere, I saw a complete Rapid tab letter to film speed chart but I can’t find it (I hate it when I do that). The charts I can find skip ‘D’.

One camera had CT18 film in it and had a supply side cartridge ‘D’.
This photo shows CT18 as being ISO 50.
The chart I found (A=25, B=25, E = 64, G=100, H=125, J=200, N=400) puts ‘D’ between ISO 25 and 64.

From this, I can be reasonably confident that a ‘D’ tab is ISO 50.

Edit: Found a more complete chart: A=25, B=32, C=40, D=50 E=64, G=100, H=125, J=200, N=400

D-tab cartridge

D-tab cartridge

I used to think the copper fangs helped hold the cartridge together. Once I really started looking at it, I decided they would interfere with the film if that were the case. Maybe they hold the felt in place?

Copper fangs -- What do they do?

Copper fangs — What do they do?

It took me a while of pretty close examination to figure out that the ends are crimped on over a lip on the body of the cartridge.

Carefully working the end off.

Carefully working the end off.

Success and not too mangled!

Success and not too mangled!

This is a bit of a surprise.

This is a bit of a surprise.

There is an inner spool.

There is an inner spool.

The spool fits inside these springy bits.

The spool fits inside these springy bits.

The springy bits are attached to the cartridge by the fangs.

The springy bits are attached to the cartridge by the fangs.

The film is guided by (goes inside) the springy bits and around the outside of the plastic spool. No wonder it was so hard to push in a 24 exposure roll of film.

Speed tab rivets.

Speed tab rivets.

The system seems really complex but Rapid film was designed to drop in and wind without having to insert the film leader into the take-up cartridge. The spool/springy bits system would allow the film to exit flat across the feed sprockets and roll up inside the take-up cartridge without binding.

I think I can make a workable cartridge out of plastic.



The film:

For Rapid cameras that produce 24mm X 24mm images, this film is 16 exposures. The overall length is 23 7/8″ or ~ 60cm.

The leader is 1 3/8" or about 3.5cm.

The leader is 1 3/8″ or about 3.5cm.

The tail, marked "EXP", is 2 3/8" or about 6cm.

The tail, marked “EXP”, is 2 3/8″ or about 6cm.

The leader and tail are textured to stiffen them.  It probably helps the film not slip into the cartridge too.

The leader and tail are textured to stiffen them. It probably helps the film not slip into the cartridge too.

That’s it for now for my mini-adventure with Rapid film.

52 Cameras: # 120 — Agfa Isoflash-Rapid C




One specification missing from the manual and most of the web is the focal length of the lens. I haven’t independently verified it but this Lomography article says it is 42.5mm.

The T-shirt is a design by my brother Mike. He did it when Catherine Coulson, best known as the log lady from Twin Peaks, died in 2015.

Since I found the second camera and have 4 Rapid cartridges, I can afford to dissect one and see if it’s practical to duplicate them.

Grainy trash can.

Grainy trash can.

Walk-up window at the Stop & Eat.

Walk-up window at the Stop & Eat.

I’m using new scanning software, Vuescan. So far, I love it. Its batch processing is kind of weak. You have to be able to give it the frame spacing beforehand and I scan too much weird stuff. Also, including spacing around the negatives throws off the exposure (see images below for the way around it). Still, it’s much better for just about everything than Canon’s software.

Using the Canoscan 9000f film holder.

Using the Canoscan 9000f film holder.

Same image with the negative directly on the flatbed.  I can't even express how useful this is going to be.

Same image with the negative directly on the flatbed. I can’t even express how useful this is going to be.

Negative scanned as slide film.

Negative scanned as slide film.

Playing with inversion and contrast boost made something interesting.

Playing with inversion and contrast boost made something interesting.

Telling the software that negatives are slides removes the correction for the color of the emulsion. It’s pretty easy to do it right but this was fun, learn the software time. The right way: Set it for color negatives (most B&W emulsion is pretty clear), set the crop area to the image, lock the exposure, expand the crop area to include the sprocket holes, and hit the scan button.

52 Cameras: # 119 — Minolta Hi-Matic S




My sweetie at Santa Fe Bar & Grill.

My sweetie at Santa Fe Bar & Grill.


Detail of a controversial (and vandalized) mural in progress in Santa Fe.

Detail of a controversial (and vandalized) mural in progress in Santa Fe.


Interesting morning light on a closed produce stand in Española, NM.

Interesting morning light on a closed produce stand in Española, NM.


This is in the video but Trinity is so darn cute.

This is in the video but Trinity is so darn cute.


Princess Zoe is not amused by the attention the kitten has been getting.

Princess Zoe is not amused by the attention the kitten has been getting.


The velociraptors like that I haven't raked the leaves -- more bugs that way.

The velociraptors like that I haven’t raked the leaves — more bugs that way.




Update 12 July 2017: This camera found a new home on my ETSY store.
New light seals since the review. They were pretty easy to do. Felt at the hinge and thin foam strips press-fitted into the grooves.

Minolta Hi-Matic S -- front

Minolta Hi-Matic S — front


Minolta Hi-Matic S -- bottom

Minolta Hi-Matic S — bottom


Minolta Hi-Matic S -- back

Minolta Hi-Matic S — back


Minolta Hi-Matic S -- flash up

Minolta Hi-Matic S — flash up


Minolta Hi-Matic S -- back open

Minolta Hi-Matic S — back open

52 Cameras: # 115 & 116 — Using The Maxxum 7000 parts 1 & 2

Update 26 November 2016
Scroll down for results from the tutorial shoot.

Tutorial part 1 — getting the camera ready to shoot.



Tutorial part 2 — using the camera.



While I finish out the roll and process, here are some images from about a year ago shot using this camera. FPP RetroChrome 320 slide film. It’s grainy but nice. I used it when I shot with the Promaster 2000PK too. Developed in hopelessly exhausted E6 chemicals.

Morris parked at the Co-Op.

Morris parked at the Co-Op.


Iron Giant while Meow Wolf was still under construction.

Iron Giant while Meow Wolf was still under construction.


Sticks behind a chain link fence.

Sticks behind a chain link fence.




Tutorial Shoot Images

Ilford Pan F 50 expired “Dec 2002”. Developed in Kodak HC-110.

Jem grooming Goober -- no flash.

Jem grooming Goober — no flash.


Jem grooming Goober -- with flash.

Jem grooming Goober — with flash.


Compost pile under cloudy sky.

Compost pile under cloudy sky.


Roses -- macro with 4000 AF flash.

Roses — macro with 4000 AF flash.


"We don't make mistakes.  We have happy accidents" -- Bob Ross

“We don’t make mistakes. We have happy accidents” — Bob Ross

    I had a plethora of “happy accidents”. I…

  • Misread the expiration on the film box. If I had realized it was 14 years out of date, I would have adjusted the shooting ISO downward or used different film.
  • Didn’t check the internal battery and wasted a frame opening the back to reset the counter to ‘1’.
  • Underexposed shots of the gatos using a 2800 AF flash that was malfunctioning. Jem did start grooming Goober so it turned out to be a better image.
  • Tried to share the roll with another camera by cutting it in half in the dark bag after I shot the first half. I misjudged half way and ruined the apple depth-of-field test images.
  • The film felt odd going on to the developing reel but I was in a hurry and didn’t take the time to re-spool. The film jumped the guides and stuck together and came out completely near the end of the film, leading to over-agitation marks on ~ 5 frames.

52 Cameras: # 111 — Samsung Maxima Zoom 145


The Maxima Zoom 125 review.



Fujicolor Super G Plus, ISO 200, expired in 1997.

Processing and scanning by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe.

Lizard teasing the gatos on the other side of the screen.

Lizard teasing the gatos on the other side of the screen.


Zoe loves her catnip tomato.

Zoe loves her catnip tomato.


Migas -- breakfast of champions!

Migas — breakfast of champions!


My iffy migas recipe (for two):
In a (preferably cast iron) skillet, soften 2-3 chopped corn tortillas in ~ 2 tbsp oil.
When soft, add 2-3 whisked eggs.
When the eggs are almost hard scrambled, add 2-3 heaping tbsp salsa and 2-3 heaping tbsp grated/shredded cheddar or longhorn cheese.
Top with more cheese, chopped tomato, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with warmed flour or corn tortillas.
Eat lots.

52 Cameras: #108 — Canon T70

More expired-in-1997 Fuji print film.

Grashoppers have been eating the Jimson weed.  They don't die or appear to get high so I guess they're used to it.

Grashoppers have been eating the Jimson weed. They don’t die or appear to get high so I guess they’re used to it.

A lot of scanner noise but nice colors and not too much grain.

A lot of scanner noise but nice colors and not too much grain.

The 50mm f/1.4 is a sweet lens.

The 50mm f/1.4 is a sweet lens.

Heavy noise reduction -- the monster cloud shows all the noise.

Heavy noise reduction — the monster cloud shows all the noise.

More hummingbirds with the Vivitar zoom.

More hummingbirds with the Vivitar zoom.