It's one of those times when your mind goes "Why didn't I think of that before".
The Dark Room, the lab in San Clemente, CA, where I send my film for developing, has a film index with pricing. I may try several relatively inexpensive C-41 films, including Kodak Ultramax 400, Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400, and Kodak Pro Image 100. I have a roll of Kodak ColorPlus 200 in the ES II I bought at B&H photo for $5. All of the E-6 slide films are expensive. In general, Kodak film is low to midpriced, and Fujifilm is costly, and many films on the index are hard to find at any price. I may also use the sorted list of prices at B&H when choosing film once I have exhausted my stock.
Today I bought yet another 35mm film camera, a Minolta X-700. The previous owner, June, is retired and she and her husband are downsizing now that all the kids are out of the house. They own a little cottage on a large land plot in Lambertville, about thirty minutes from my home. June bought the camera in the 1970s and was excited to explain all the features and share some of her husband's images she had photographed. I think she was as excited as I was that the camera would be appreciated. Including in the $70 package, was the Minolta X-700 with attached MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 lens, a Minolta Auto 132FX Speedlight, a Minolta 20 Speedlight, a JC Penny Multi-Coated Optics 80-200m f/4.5, and a roll Kodak 800. June mentioned that she had loaded Kodak 200 for me to use. I love it when I meet people who enjoy photography as much as I do.
Tomorrow, Bhavna and I take a “mental health” break from work and are headed to the beach today. I’ll have my modern camera kit, my Fujifilm X-T2 and XF27mmF2.8 lens, a vintage camera kit, the Minolta X-700 and a roll of Kodak Gold 200.
Despite anxiety from her three sons, my mom travelled to St. Vincent in the last week of July. After being tested at the airport, she made it through the country's mandatory 14-day quarantine at our family home in Dorsetshire Hill and is doing fine. Her tests were negative.
She does not drive, so my cousin delivered groceries as needed. Mom contracted a groundskeeper to clean up debris from the recent storms. Many of the fruit trees on the property were damaged and were removed. The mango, avocado, West Indian plum (Spondias purpurea), and coconut trees are gone, and the lawn is a scrabbly mess. But she’s enjoying the sunsets. Here are some recent images she shared.
Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.