Roll Number 6

The next five rolls of film were photographed during my return trip to Singapore in December last year. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I brought along two film cameras, my Olympus OM10 and the loan camera, the Fuji STX-2. Roll number six was my first trial with the Kodak Portra 400 using the Fuji STX-2. Unlike the Olympus OM10, the Fuji STX-2 is a fully manual camera allowing me to control the shutter speed. Although the in-camera lighting meter isn’t consistently working, I still manage to get all the exposure right with this roll of film.

I have always wanted to try out the Kodak Portra 400 after reading some reviews about it online. But the price of it somehow doesn’t fit into my budget for the long run at the moment. I bought two rolls of this film from Times Camera at Preston, and they were selling $20 per roll, which is quite a rip off in my opinion. The reason why people are buying in bulks online is that merchants are trying to make a big buck for the comeback of film photography. 

Although the Kodak Portra 400 is pricey, I can see why so many photographers love using it. I’m somehow attracted to its colour tone, as compare to the Fuji Superia X-Tra 400, Kodak Ultramax 400 and Agfa Vista Plus 400. Probably I will use it for future projects, but right now I will just stick to the Fuji.

I was satisfied with the outcome of my first roll of film photographed in Singapore, although I was still keeping a distance away from my subject due to the loud shutter release sound. But I knew I would overcome that hurdle once I got used to it, you will see the result in the next few roll of films.

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