Kodak Bantam, 31 March 2011

2011/03/31

Hey look! It’s the Sears Tower!

BantamF6o3 CHI TMax100 SearsTower01B

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Kodak Bantam f/6.3
Lens: Kodak Anastigmat 53mm f/6.3
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135 respooled onto 828)

Yeah, yeah…I know. New name and all that. Whatever. I know I’ve mentioned it before…I refuse to refer to this building as anything other than the Sears Tower. Hell, I still occasionally refer to U.S. Cellular Field as Comisky Park…and I don’t even like the White Sox.

On a less crotchety note, one of the advantages of using 135 film rather than the “proper” 828 film is that due to the extra row of perforations, the actual frame size on 135 film ends up being approximately 24mm x 40mm, as opposed to the “correct” frame size of 28mm x 40mm. As such, the proportions of the frame allow for longer compositions than one would typically find with either 135 or 828 film. Naturally, this is an advantage with supertall buildings such as the Sears Tower – assuming, of course, that one can stand far enough back to capture the whole thing! The downside, of course, is that due to the 828 frame being 28mm high, parts of the composition will overlap the 135 perforations, though this can be alleviated to some degree by keeping the focus of the composition as close to the center of the frame as possible – and being willing to lose some of each frame to said overlap.

Enjoy.

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