Now here is an interesting image I wasn’t expecting to come out of my developing tank.
I was digging around in a thrift store a few months back and found a random unused roll of 35mm film sitting in one of the cameras for sale. This happens every so often when I’m thrift shopping and I have no moral qualms leaving the camera on the shelf and just pocketing the film. Years ago I used to bring the film to the counter and ask someone if I could give them a dollar for what is more than likely useless and very expired film I found in a camera but more often then not I would just confuse the hell out of the poor employee and cause a lot more trouble than you would think.
So now days I just take it and figure nobody will be the wiser.
In this case, the film was an unmarked totally black canister sitting in a generic Canon “Super Zoom” point and shoot that I had no interest in buying. Based on the film leader I could tell it was black and white stock but beyond that it was a mystery. I also figured it was quite old so I ran it through my Minolta SRT-101 on a shoot and just exposed it at ISO 50 figuring I’d get pretty decent results.
To my surprise, it appears the film was an orthochromatic stock. Not at all what I was expecting! There were no markings on the film edges but it’s got the look of Rollei Ortho 25 which you can still buy fresh and I’ve experimented with a little bit here and there. The scan of this particular negative looks pretty good but trust me when I say that wasn’t true of every frame.