A Few Frames of Washi S with my New Spotmatic F


sonny rosenberg

12/20/20222 min read

I finally had a chance to shoot the shiny, new to me Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F, Spotmatics were only made for a few years, from 1973-1976, so this camera is almost 50 years old. The light meter, while it does work, doesn't seem all that accurate, to get it to pretty much give the same readings as my little Raveni Labs shoe mount meter (which has gradually become my most trusted meter ever) I had to set the film speed to a stop and half faster than what was really in the camera. I was shooting Film Washi S at the box speed of 50, so I set the meter to 160 (I think). That is a stop and a half faster than 50 is it not?

Anyway, while many of my exposures came out ok, some were a bit too thin to use. I'll use the Raveni meter with the Pentax from now on. Idiot that I am, I nearly always forget that for me, Washi S does better in clear, bright, contrasty conditions. Yesterday was clear after the sun came out, but by the time I got out to shoot, the shadows were quite long. You'll see that the scenes that were mostly in shadow came out a bit muddy, which is something I don't say often about Washi S.

While I'm at it. I'm pretty sure Washi S has changed. It never had a gigantically huge exposure latitude, but it seems to have even less now. In addition, I don't remember it being so curly. It's not super curly, just enough to be annoying. I really do believe that Adox CMS II may be displacing Washi S as my favorite black and white film. Even though it's a lot slower it always seems to bring home the bacon, so to speak.

So here they are, nothing special really. Thanks for looking though and for following me here from the old Daily Lumenbox!

Oh! I almost forgot. On a few of these shots I was testing out my new Softar filter, because it makes all the sense in the world to get really sharp lenses and then gum them up with diffusion filters, right? Don't expect any wisdom from this blog.

This roll was shot with the aforementioned Spotmatic F and Super Multi Coated (which from now on I'll just abreviate to SMC) 28mm f/3.5 Takumar. It was developed in Cinestill Df96 monobath, which as usual, gave me a TON of schmutz on the film even though I filtered it. I'd love to figure out what the cause of that is.