Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:09 PM
Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:35 PM
Does anybody know where I could get say about... 50 feet or 100 feet of dead film, so I can practice loading My k3 and make sure I see everything in detail as to how this works. This way I can work out any kinks or troubles before I start using real film..
No clue actually. I've heard people suggesting using Leader that your local processing place can give/sell to you. Also pick up a few daylight up-take spools for it (while you're there), processed neg's usu come back on a core type spool so they have oodles of those laying around.
What I used was real film :-). Dektol type 20 year old Kodak RAR. :-).
But beware those films can be thinner than todays Kodak or Fuji stock which is harder to wrangle, especially in total darkness or where you cannot see it (e.g. changing bag.).
Posted 15 February 2007 - 04:48 PM
Practice loading in stages. load in light with eyes open, then load in light with eyes closed, then load in a bag. At each stage practice it until the motions become muscle memory, then move to the next step. By the time you get to the bag, it will be second nature, and be less prone to mistakes during actual production.
also, be detail oriented. On my first film I was trying to pay very careful attention to the film and treating it properly, so much so that on one reel I forgot to pull the core addaptor off (somehow it didn't click when it came off with the core) not a big deal but it left me searching the cans looking for that damn adaptor. Good news though with no experience at all first time out I was able to load the mag, thread the camera and expose the takes with absolutley no problems at all.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 05:47 PM
Do you want to have it processed?
Ebay has lots of old reels of film in boxes collectors put on display.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 05:54 PM
Failing all that, you could buy a 100' spool, but it's a waste of otherwise good film and you'd have to pay for it. Plus, you can use all of the above leads to also make some good contacts! Anyway, that's my two cents.