Zeiss 120mm Makro Planar
21mm extension tube
Kodak TMax 400
Agitation: first 10 seconds of each minute.
These are some photos taken 2 weeks ago intended to be used as promotion shots for a band. I wanted to take tight head shots but I knew that the portraits would come out a bit… harsh. This lens is not the most forgiving lens for portraits. It captures everything… the good and the bad. Indeed a Softar filter softens things a bit specially when also using an extension tube.
On the other hand this lens always amazes me. What a fantastic, sharp beyond words, contrasted lens it is. It makes people pop out of the frame. It has this 3D render feel to it and makes portraits come alive.
But I didn’t want to go too far so I used TriX at box speed and I got some Microphen specially for this session. Microphen takes out a lot of grain and it evens the negatives. You can use Delta 3200 (for example) at box speed and develop it in Microphen and it will end up smooth with just a beautiful hint of grain. That was my plan to compensate the sharpness of this lens. Using a 400ASA film and develop it in Microphen 1+1.
The negatives came out beautiful with low contrast (the light helped that day), smooth, with just the right amount of grain. I now have 50x50cm images at 300DPI which I can enlarge to a poster size without any concern of losing detail.