Reflection of the Kimmel Center

Minolta Hi-Matic with Kodak Pro Image

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In September 2021, I bought a 5-pack of Kodak Pro Image, a film stock I had used a couple of times before and liked. I had quite a bit of success with that 5-pack, shooting 2 rolls during our vacation to Solvang, which I wrote about over on Simple Goodness. More recently, I liked the results I had gotten with my Canon AE-1 and my Olympus XA so I was expecting similarly good results after loading the last roll into my Minolta Hi-Matic 11.

For the most part, my results lived up to my expectations.

I had gone out 4 times before finishing the roll.

The first time was on the day I also finished the roll of Rollei Retro 400 in my Flexaret Automat VII. Holly and I had taken a walk to the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and ended up at Bar Hygge for an afternoon snack and beers.

New Building and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
New Building and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Bar Hygge
Bar Hygge

My next outing was a lunchtime walk in our neighborhood. On the days I’m able to work from home, I love being able to take a break and get outside for a while. The only downside is my break in time-constrained, and I’m limited to taking photos in our immediate neighborhood.

Philly Buildings
Philly Buildings
Reflection of the Kimmel Center
Reflection of the Kimmel Center

Holly and I went for a walk the next day, initially to see a new yarn art installation. It turned out to be smaller than we expected, but there were plenty of other things to take photos of.

What Makes Your Heart Grow?
What Makes Your Heart Grow?
Mangled Car
Mangled Car

The Minolta Hi-Matic 11 is a rangefinder camera, and I had some problems with getting proper focus in the past. I’ve had more success recently, but I missed the focus on one photo from this roll.

Out of Focus Birdhouse
Out of Focus Birdhouse

I came very close to finishing the roll of Pro Image on that walk but ended up coming home with 3 frames remaining.

A couple of days later, I took another lunchtime walk to finish the roll.

I’m a big fan of my Hi-Matic 11 and have grown to really like Kodak Pro Image so I wasn’t surprised that I was happy with most of the photos from this roll.

4 Responses

  1. A

    Those new images seem to be a lot better than the first color film you shot with the ‘Hi-Matic’. The seemingly improved results must be due to the Pro-image film(?).

    Where do you get your film developed?

    • Tom

      I really like Pro Image and have gotten consistently good results with it so I’m sure that’s a big reason the photos came out the way they did. I drop my film off at a local place here in Philadelphia, PhotoLounge.

  2. Khürt L Williams

    I’ve experimented with various 35mm colour film stock over the last couple of years. I loved the results from Kodak Pro Image. I think it’s underrated and often ignored.

    • Tom

      I’ve experimented with a lot of 35mm stocks as well, but with film prices getting expensive, I think I’ll be sticking to the ones I know and like.

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