Konica Hexar AF
(First set of pictures)
Protopan 400 @ 3200
(Second set of pictures)
Protopan 400 @ 2000
I use the Hexar AF daily. I use it pretty much everywhere but If I start the film by pushing 400 ISO up to 2000 or 3200, I know that it will work on the subway however in broad Lisbon’s summer light, the Hexar will struggle with the 1/250 top speed.
I know I will not always get the right exposure.
Half of every film is okay but the other half is either too dark or just blew up. To me, in a very personal way, I like it. Sometimes in the middle of all those badly exposed and bad developed frames, there’s something worth keeping. If not… at least I’ll try to learn something from the mistakes.
The Protopan is a crazy film a friend got from a Spanish store. I’ve heard a lot of things about it. It’s Agfa, Rollei, or even somekind of Fuji Neopan. There’s not a lot of information about it but I got pretty decent results in the past using it at box speed in Xtol.
Using APX 09 at 1+100 for one hour stand development works pretty well. Nice grain for a pushed film. It does not have the “spike” of Kodak P3200 or even Delta 3200 but it’s very charming and, when well exposed, gives decent results.
Using ID-11 changes everything. I went to Dev Chart and compared the times for pushed Trix, Delta 400, Rollei Retro 400 and Fuji Neopan 400. Around 13,5/14 minutes for 1600 ISO. So I developed the Protopan pushed to 2000 ISO for 14 minutes. Total failure.