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Minolta XE with Arista EDU Ultra

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I’m still getting caught up with my 2020 film photos. In October and November, I shot a roll of Arista EDU Ultra 400 Black and White film with my Minolta XE. Apparently, the Arista is repackaged Fomapan Action 400 which I have used before.

I was generally pleased with the results. The film has a pleasant bit of grain to it. The darks tended to be fairly dark lending some high contrast in some of the pictures.

I’m not 100% convinced that the Arista is the same as the Fomapan since the pictures I took with the Fomapan don’t look as grainy to me, although those pictures were taken with a different camera, my Minolta X-700. Not sure that’s enough to account for the difference.

Not much to say about the pictures themselves. Just more photos taken during walks around the city. All of these were taken with my Minolta Rokkor 35mm f/2.8 lens.

In the beginning of the month, I took just a few in our immediate neighborhood.

Later in October, Holly and I took a walk down and around South Broad Street.

High School For Creative and Performing Arts
High School For Creative and Performing Arts

The last group of pictures came from a couple of walks east of where we live.

Sunset on the Curtis Center
Sunset on the Curtis Center
East
East

Although I was mostly pleased with the results with the Arista EDU Ultra, I’m not sure it’s high on my list to try again since there are other black and white films I like better, like Kodak Tri-X, Ilford XPS Super, and Ilford HP5 Plus (ok, pretty much any Ilford film). I also really liked the Ferrania P30 I once tried, although that is a little hard to come by.

And I liked the Fomapan Action 400 better, unless it’s the same film.

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