Protopan 400 @ 200
Adox APH 09
This film/developer combination does not make justice to the little Vivitar.
Protopan is, at the moment, the cheapest film I can get and I get it from We Love Film. In fact apart from the Rolleis all my films come from my friends at We Love Film.
Protopan is a grainy, not very contrasted film but what drives me crazy is the fact that I don’t seem to get consistent results from it. Many times even using my own recipes the outcome is totally different from roll to roll. I don’t trust it for a serious job however I’ve seen excellent and consistent results from friends so it must be a personal bad karma thing between me and the Protopan.
The Vivitar 35ES is a sweet little camera. It’s a shutter speed priority camera (top speed of 1/500) so the “usual” aperture ring is in fact the shutter speed ring. The given aperture is shown in the viewfinder.
The rangefinder patch is easy to see and use but the lens revolution is very short and that’s something it toke me a while getting used to.
Personal note: I don’t know if revolution is the right word in English for the amount of rotation it takes to go from the minimum to the maximum focal length.
Anyway it is a cool camera and the rangefinder never gets out of alignment. Mine never did and I’m not the most gentle person with the Vivitar. My Leica CL is in the repair man for a year now having the whole rangefinder system rebuilt with some custom made parts.
The only problem with my Vivitar is when the roll gets to frame 22… 25… the film advance gets heavy and difficult and some frame overlapping occurs.
My son got better results with it.