What’s the first thing you would do with your first roll of Poundland ISO400 Agfa VistaPlus?
The first thing I did was shoot it at ISO5000 and develop it for 30 minutes in Rodinal 1+25.
It didn’t go so well.
I figured that if I managed to get some semi-useable images from pushing ISO200 film to 1600 I could push a 400 speed film to somewhere between 3200 or 6400.
The negatives were super thin and if I bleached the negative I’d likely bleach off whatever was there; scan only, no chance of printing.
Next stop was 3200. “Yup this’ll be it, this will be this films ceiling” but, nope, not even close.
In my mind this would be like the 200 film when pushed to 1600.
The 200 film pushed to 1600 had the occasional funky shadow and by me inverting every minute during developing quite contrasty. I actually like contrasty and if I didn’t invert every minute I believe I wouldn’t get many useable images.
This 3200 negative was mostly like that but worse, again 30 minutes in 1+25 Rodinal.
As you can see, the living room is a work still in progress and slowly being redecorated by Anna.
One thing that doesn’t help things is my dilapidated scanner which makes scanning anything a tricky affair, especially 120 film since it never came with a 120 film holder.
Anyway, enough of that. Next up 1600.
1600 for this 400 film should be the 200 films 800, ‘just right’ as Goldilocks would say, but it wasn’t.
It looks and feels just like the 3200 experiment. I don’t think going beyond 30 minutes will do much more good but if my 800 experiment looks like shit I’ll adjust the dev time to 40 minutes.
So it stops here for now. I’ve got a roll of 400 being exposed at 800 in my Zorki which I’ll develop for 30 minutes, be agitated every minute in Rodianl 1+25 just as before.
If it looks like shit then I’ll go to 40 minutes and if they still look like shit then I’ll quit and use it as a colour film.