One of the toughest, reliable BW films was Kodak Verichrome Pan bw film!
Photo by Eric Seaman / Verichrome Pan (Exp 1987) / Start 120 TLR camera.
Processed and scanned by @thedarkroomlab
Eric writes: "It was my wife's grandfather's camera from Poland. My son pictured is named after him - Edward."
I’ve shot various vintages of Kodak Verichrome Pan – with a roll from the 1950s being the oldest. There were some hits and misses, but I’ve found the 70s era to have held up the best. Every single one of the twelve frames from this roll was worth keeping. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before.
Not that all were masterpieces, of course. But all moved me in a way.
This was the first time I had taken the Imperial Debonair out in over a year. I use it maybe once or twice a season and never really get used to it. There’s basically no difference between this and the much-prefered Imperial Savoy. Both have the same plastic lens, same aperture, shutter, etc. The only difference is the slight difference in how you hold them. In that, I like the Savoy much more and use it a lot. .
. ‘Raise Your Eyes’
Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960)
Film: Kodak Verichome Pan (x-06/1974)
Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min
Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington
Obligatory test subject. This was photographed with an Agfa-Ansco Viking. This camera uses 620 medium format film and captures 8 images that are 6cmX9cm. The film used was Verichrome Pan that was very expired. I figure 1975ish if the other "new" film in the lot is any indication. I overexposed by a couple of stops to account for the age of the film. Some of the frames showed a slight light leak along the bottom edge of the frame. A slight S-curve has been added in post. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Gonna shoot with this camera some more to see what I can see. Thanks @thedarkroomlab for taking care of the old roll of film!
[Set of 3] Various shots from about a month ago l, when I was testing out my Yahsica A TLR with expired Verichrome Pan 125. Lot of fun to use! Coming from using a Polaroid SX-70 (an SLR that has an immediate depth of field preview), it took a bit to get used to the depth of field discrepancy between apertures. Really dig the results though.