Film Photography, Old Cars

First roll impressions: Tura 125

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Early this year a reader sent me a Minolta Maxxum 5, which I reviewed here. In the box were four rolls of film: two of the original Agfa Vista 400, and two of a film I’d never heard of: Tura 125. This is a black-and-white film from a German company that made some of their own films and papers and white-labeled films from other manufacturers. They primarily rebranded Agfa and Ilford films, I gather. Tura appears not to have made it after those two companies declared bankruptcy in 2004 and 2005.

I dropped a roll of the Tura 125 into that Maxxum 5 during my birthday week in August and brought it to a local car show. On advice of the fellow who sent it to me, I shot the film at EI 100.

At the car show

There’s not a lot of information about this film on the Internet. The fellow who sent me the film gave me his development time for the stuff in D-76, but I don’t keep D-76 here. I’m HC-110 and Rodinal all the way. Persistent Googling finally led to a long-ago forum post where someone said he used the times for the original Agfa APX 100. The Massive Dev Chart didn’t have an HC-110 time for this film at EI 100, but it had a time for the similar Ilfotec HC, so that’s what I used. It worked beautifully.

At the car show

This is a beautiful film with rich tonality. I especially enjoy how it renders blacks, and how silvery the film looks overall. This matches my experience with the couple of rolls of original APX 100 I’ve shot, so I am inclined to believe that Tura 125 is that film. I’ve heard speculation that Tura 125 is Kentmere 100, but I’ve shot enough of that film to know that it doesn’t look this good.


This car show is an annual event at the local American Legion. It’s a “bring what you got” kind of show that draws cars mostly from this county. Entries run the gamut from newer supercars to old pickup trucks to true classics like this 1927 Buick.

1927 Buick

These cars were a great trial subject for my first roll of Tura 125. The 35-70mm f/4 Maxxum AF Zoom lens attached to my camera brought out this film’s sharpness.


As you can see, this film’s grain is imperceptible in blog-sized images. When you look at the scans at full resolution, the grain is barely perceptible. And the grays on this truck’s tailgate are positively creamy.


This 1950s Ford F-1 truck was painted in a bright metallic blue. The Tura 125 did a great job picking up the metallic flecks in the paint. The chrome trim looks so rich.


Even if Tura 125 isn’t rebranded original APX 100, it’s still a gorgeous film and I’m glad I got to try it. I have one roll left, and it’s worth saving for something special.

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A car show at the American Legion

The day after my birthday last month Margaret and I learned of a car show at the local American Legion. We popped over. I brought two cameras, my Nikon Df with the 28-200mm f/3.5-54.6 AF-G Nikkor attached, and a film camera, images from which I’ll share in an upcoming post.

The show was a real grab bag of cars and trucks, mostly from owners who live in this county. The most unusual of the cars was this 1927 Buick.

1927 Buick

A car this old in this condition had to have been restored at some point. But the restoration is showing its age, with large cracks in the paint. No matter; it was great to see this old girl. As a rumble-seat car, two steps eased ingress for passengers.

1927 Buick

Did you know that 1975 was the first year for the Ford F150? It was a heavier-duty version of the then-standard Ford F100 half-ton truck. Shortly the F150 supplanted the F100.

1975 Ford F150

Here’s a 1982 Camaro Z-28 that looks like a survivor.

1982 Chevy Camaro Z28

The majority of the cars were modified. This 1939 Ford has a much later engine in it.

1939 Ford

I always thought the Plymouth Duster was good looking. This one is from 1971. That maroon isn’t a factory color, but it looks good on the car.

1971 Plymouth Duster

This 1957 Ford Thunderbird was restored to like-original condition.

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Its supercharged Thunderbird engine was still in the bay.

1957 Ford Thunderbird

It’s funny, at most large car shows Camaros are a dime a dozen and I don’t bother to photograph them. But at smaller shows like this one, you might find one or two, and I feel compelled to make their portraits.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

If you go back through all of my old-car images, you’ll find that I’ve photographed this detail on a number of Camaros. It’s a reliably satisfying subject.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

That is definitely not a factory color on that 1952 Ford F1.

1952 Ford F1

This 1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible was my favorite car at the show. It looks terrific in that dark green.

1969 Pontiac Bonneville

I remember when cars like this were everywhere on American roads. Seeing one today, I’m struck by how long it is.

1969 Pontiac Bonneville

Here’s a 1966 GMC truck.

1966 GMC truck

The 1964 Chevy Impala was an incredibly common sight even in the early 1970s when I was a small boy. This was the standard American family car in its time.

1964 Chevy Impala

Here’s another reliable subject. I’ve photographed this view of the ’64 Impala dozens of times, I’m sure.

1964 Chevy Impala

Here’s a 1969 Dodge Super Bee. It’s based on the Coronet, a standard mid-sized Dodge, but packs a very powerful engine.

1969 Dodge Super Bee

Bringing up the rear, here’s a 1967 GMC truck.

1967 GMC truck

It felt good to make a car show this year. I try to go to at least one every year but I don’t always manage it.

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14 more headlights

57 headlight
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Fujifilm Industrial 100
Buick 8
Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Kodak Plus-X
One headlight
Canon PowerShot S95
One headlight
I forget which camera, Ultrafine Extreme 400, L110, Dilution B
Chevelle nacelles
Canon AE-1 Program, 50mm f/1.8 Canon FD,Agfa Vista 200 (at EI 100)
Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Kodak Plus-X
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Fujifilm Industrial 100
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Fujifilm Industrial 100
Pentax Spotmatic F, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar, Kodak Plus-X
Porsche beam
Canon AE-1 Program, 50mm f/1.8 Canon FD, Agfa Vista 200 (at EI 100)
Pentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax, Kodak T-Max 400
Carmel Artomobilia 2017
Pentax ME, 50mm f/2 SMC Pentax-M, Fujicolor 100
1950 Hudson Commodore
Nikon F2AS, 50mm f/2 AI-Nikkor, Kodak Plus-X
1975 Pontiac LeMans h
Canon PowerShot S95

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14 old cars parked

1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500
1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500, Kodak EasyShare Z730
1968 Ford Fairlane GT
1968 Ford Fairlane GT, Canon PowerShot S80
1947 Ford
1947 Ford, Canon PowerShot S80
Buick Eight
1941 Buick, Minolta Hi-Matic 7, Fujicolor 200
Ooh, Barracuda
1965 Plymouth Barracuda, Kodak Signet 40, Fujicolor 200 (probably)
1967 Mercury Cougar
1967 Mercury Cougar, Palm Pre
1955 Chevrolet
1955 Chevrolet, Palm Pre
1940 Ford four-door sedan
1940 Ford, Canon PowerShot S95
1969 Plymouth Barracuda
1969 Plymouth Barracuda, Palm Pre
196x Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
196x Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Palm Pre
1960 Studebaker Lark
1960 Studebaker Lark VI, Apple iPhone 5
1971 Mustang Grande
1971 Mustang Grande, Apple iPhone 5
1969 VW Bus Westfaila a
1969 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia, Apple iPhone 5
1963 Ford Fairlane d
1963 Ford Fairlane, Apple iPhone 5

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