Wet Matrix

Wet Matrix
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK
Kentmere 100

Tomorrow I’ll publish an Operation Thin the Herd report on my Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK. Here’s a frame from the previous time I used that camera. I’m not a giant fan of Kentmere 100 — I’ve had terrible luck with its highlights blowing out. Yet my Contessa managed that well in any light. It seems to “get” this budget film.

And just look at the great detail that Tessar lens captured on my former Toyota’s flank. Count those water drops! If you guess focus right, the Contessa does credible close work. But don’t ask it to shoot macro: it focuses down to only one meter.

I might have a couple more rolls of the Kentmere in the freezer. I know which camera I’m putting them through.

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7 responses to “single frame: Wet Matrix”

  1. Dan James Avatar

    This is one of the challenges of film – finding a camera/lens/film combo that sings.

    Depending on your perspective (and often your mood on the day!) this can feel like an exciting quest for undiscovered treasure or a series of frustrating disappointments!

    When we do find a combo that works, it makes sense to try it again and again. Looks like you’ve found that with the Ikon and Kentmere Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It has been surprisingly hard to find a camera that likes that Kentmere 100. It’s probably my least favorite b/w film.

      1. Dan James Avatar

        It’d be interesting to now put your favourite b/w film in the Ikon and see how it comes out.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          That would be T-Max 400. That would be interesting to try.

  2. shoniessky Avatar

    love your art and craft and talent!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you!

  3. shoniessky Avatar

    Very welcome xoxo

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