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52 Cameras: Week 33 part 2 — Kodak Bantam Special

It turns out the B&H 828 film isn’t cut down 120 roll film, it’s 35mm (135) spooled with backing paper. Because 828’s frame size is 40×28 mm vs. 36×24 mm for 35mm film, the image overlays the upper sprocket holes. 828 had a single index hole per frame on the bottom so the image on 35mm film is above the bottom sprockets. The Bantam Special has the film index hole sensor. You push a button to retract it and then let it go so it can fall into the next frame’s hole. I expected a smooth roll (120 has no holes) so I used the counter window and ignored the button. I thought the camera was having advance problems but it was hanging up on the sprocket holes. I got a partial frame on one shot and two frames that overlap by about a third.

Processing by Visions Photo Lab.

828 is an 8-frame-per-roll format but I’m posting a few more images than usual. I want to show the sprocket holes and other details. All are scanned to TIFFs on the CanoScan 9000f, 4800 DPI, millions of colors unless otherwise noted.

Not a great photo but if I crop out the cardboard it’ll be nice.

Buddha, f/2 @ 1/25 sec.

Buddha, f/2 @ 1/25 sec.

Both images were scanned using Image Capture.app. The software takes the selected area into account when determining the exposure so they’re a little different — the sprocket holes are black-black. I suspended the film in the 120 holder to get the holes.

Same shot with sprockets.

Same shot with sprockets.

A nice thing about B&W process B&W film is that scanning in color gives a nice sepia tone. Color process is convenient but the emulsion is orange.

Double exposure.  Was I doing shoot and wind or wind and shoot?  The index sensor is a useful thing.

Double exposure. Was I doing shoot and wind or wind and shoot? The index sensor is a useful thing.

Nice bokeh.  I don't remember the shutter but this was at f/2.

Nice bokeh. I don’t remember the shutter but this was at f/2.

Same image with a straight gray scale conversion (saturation slider all the way to the left in Preview.app).

Same image with a straight gray scale conversion (saturation slider all the way to the left in Preview.app).

This was scanned directly to B&W using Canon’s Scan Gear software.

Omega Bridge, f/16 @ 1/250.

Omega Bridge, f/16 @ 1/250.

I got a yellow cloud filter in the case with the camera. It really makes the clouds pop. Scanned to B&W with Scan Gear.

Storm Clouds, f/16 @ 1/250.

Storm Clouds, f/16 @ 1/250.

I have a second spool now, some nice 120 film, and a cigar cutter. I can’t wait to shoot more with this camera!