Photo Post: Kodak Ortho 3asa

Two photo posts in a row!!! But I must because I have not used a film like this before. I got this film from Northern Film Lab in a mystery film package. I was a bit nervous about the very low 3 asa and the fact the film was yellow. The label says iso 3, but not type 3 which was the main hit when I searched for sample photos.

The little research I did on the film before using, didn’t bring up much. I saw some sample photos on the lomography site and another post on emulsive. Both sites showed photos with lots of contrast and very few mid-tones. I decided to visit my favourite place in the local nature reserve. Of course, I would need a tripod and cable release.

Also, I tried making a TikTok for the first time and realised I would probably need a gimbal if I did that again. 🙂

Most of the exposures were around 4 elephants long. Once finished, I had no idea how to develop the film so I stuck with the tried and tested rodinal stand at 20 degrees for 60 minutes, agitating at 30 minutes.

The results were unexpected for me. The film base was as clear as day, I haven’t seen anything like it before.

I was really excited to scan it, I had no idea what the results would be even by looking at the negatives.

Here are some of the results, scanned on a canonscan 9000f

I like the shot of the trees and the very last one. The very white flower, the clemetis didn’t come out as expected. I was hoping for a bit of the purple stripes to show up.

I would love to try some more of this film, maybe take some portraits, but alas that was my only roll.

9 thoughts on “Photo Post: Kodak Ortho 3asa

  1. Darrell Meekcom says:

    Peggy I admire your bravery shooting and developing this film, great choice of camera for the experiment. What speeds and f stop did you use? Did you shoot via the recommended iso or move it up a notch or two?
    The results are very Stephen King! Spooky but brilliant!!

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    1. Peggy says:

      I think most were f2.8 to f5.6, but yes I stuck to the 3asa speed. In the shadows I opened the aperture as I didn’t know the reciprocy rate, so wanted to keep the exposure down. In the sun there was enough light to go smaller.


  2. Francis.R. says:

    So much contrast, I love it, is like those old comic books in black and white, the ink quite black and deep into shadows, and the white the illuminated parts, as if the world would exist under a very strong sun and potent night reflectors.

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  3. Roger B. says:

    Film Photography Project in the States sells this film, respooled, along with a couple other low-ISO films. Eastman emulsion number 5302 is likely what you just used. You might also like Eastman #2369 (ISO 25 +/-, high contrast pan), and SMENA Super Positive (ISO 1 +/-).
    Be advised that clear film bases are “light piping”, meaning that the tongue sticking out of the cassette can and will conduct light into the cassette, potentially fogging the edges of subsequent frames.

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    1. Peggy says:

      I didn’t have any with this one, but good to know. I have a couple kodak 25asa to try so they might be the ones you mentioned.


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