One of my friends would soon be emigrating to New Zealand so I decided to drive to see her just before she left. Luckily for me, she was staying in Kilcreggan which is a lovely village in Scotland. As always, I struggled to decide which cameras to take with me. In the end, I let the film decide.
I recently received a few rolls of Ilford SFX 200 in 35mm and 120 formats, so I wanted to take one camera for each. For the 35mm, I wanted to take a camera that could work without batteries due to the issues on my last trip. I would also be going via Blackpool as I would be visiting some friends there. One of those friends gave me a Canon AE1, so I really wanted to use that…but it relied on batteries. For the 120, I didn’t want to take a big, heavy camera as I didn’t want to carry it around. I also wanted to try an infrared filter and the one I have is very small, so I needed a camera with a small lens. In the end, I chose the Canon AE1, the Pentax K1000 and the Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16.
I was introduced to the SFX 200 at the She Hearts Film walk in Liverpool and since then I really wanted to try it. AND I really wanted to try it on a day with blue skies and fluffy clouds, but that didn’t happen.
Canon AE1 and Ilford SFX 200
For the first few days I was there, the sky was covered by clouds and not the fluffy kind. So I took out my red filter and graduated orange filter for some moody shots, then put on a yellow filter for a walk over the hills.
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 and SFX 200
Then lo and behold the clouds parted and I took the Ikon out for a trip to Helensburgh. I think I used the infrared filter for some of these, can you guess which?
Pentax K1000 with Rollei RPX 400
I still had a couple of SFX rolls left, but I wanted to save them for another location. So for my final roll, I loaded this slightly faster film. It turned out to be quite contrasty too. The first photo is the only one I took in Glasgow for this trip. The next set was taken along Kilcraggen shore and village. Finally, I met an amazing potter, photographer, and gardener so there are a few shots of her creations.
And that’s it. I had a lovely time and met some wonderful people and an awesome dog. We also visited the Agarty Red Kites, but my digital camera broke 😦
As for the film, I loved it and can’t wait to use the other rolls I have. I am not one to write too many technical details but I know some people who love that kind of thing. So if you want to know more about the film in terms of grain and development please take a look at these two posts.