OK, today I couldn't put it off any longer. There are no more gadgets to buy and the chemicals turned up yesterday so I took my Burke & James outside the house and took 4 pictures.
Actually the fun started when I tried to load the film backs, It looked so easy on YouTube. Note to self, get bigger changing bag.
OK, so set the camera up and took a few shots. I know these wont win any awards for composition (they wont win any awards full stop) but I just wanted to try the camera. Think I managed to get it in focus. By the way its no fun getting under a focussing cloth when it is 35C (I am in Malaysia)Used my DSLR to get the exposure (1/125 at F14).
Back inside and time to load the films. I am using the 4x5 holder from MOD54. Again it looked so easy in the video. Note to self, get an even bigger changing bag. Three film holders, 3 reel tank and the film holder takes a lot of space.
So fim loaded, let develop. By the Way I am using Chinese 4x5 film (Shanghai) which cost me £8 for 25 sheets. Developed using Ilfosol 3 dil 1:9 for 8 mins, 2 mins stop and 5 mins fixer followed by 10 mins wash.
Time to scan. Unfortunatly I only have a normal reflective flatbed scanner. The films were scanned at 300 dpi (last one at 600), flipped horizontally and colours inverted. A couple of the pictures were then tweaked a bit using Microsoft Office (Dont have Photoshop on the computer attached to the scanner.
Well I am glad to say I got pictures. OK they look under developed and lack contrast but it worked!!!!