Pentax ME super & Fuji Superia 400 pushed to 800

I took the images and wrote this post pre-pandemic

Does loading Fuji Superia into a Pentax ME super make for super duper images? Not likely but film in a camera is a recipe for fun in my book.

Knowing that I was going to be taking pictures in some lower light situations I chose some faster lenses such as the Vivitar 28 f2.0 in the above image as well as a 50mm f1.7 and a Vivitar 70-150 f3.8 which may not be the brightest lens but gives a bit of telephoto while still being compact. (I believe there were restrictions on the size of lens you could bring into the stadium seen in some of the images so I did not want to draw attention to my ‘state of the art’ kit.)

Additionally I set the camera to ISO 800 and pushed the film 1 stop during development. Using a Unicolor C41 kit this is achieved by increasing the development time by 1.25X for the one stop. So the normal developer time of 3.5 minutes is extended to 4min 24 Seconds (4 1/2 minutes unless your super fussy and think it would make a difference) I was happy with the results this gave me. The amount of grain is slightly increased but then it is as well if you were using natively 800 iso film.


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