Schneider-Kreusnach Symmar 180 mm 5,6 lens

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Schneider Symmar 180 mm 1:5,6 lens, the nice postman brought it to me from Wales. It is an old lens, probably 50 or 60 years old. It is rated at f 5,6, however, the aperture opens even more, probably f 4,5 (?). Single coated, I understand it suffers from flare… that is why I bought it, in spite that more modern lenses were also on offer. It can be converted to a 315 mm focal length, again, as I understand, it is softer, mostly on the edges… Wonderful!
The cable release thread is a bit worn out, one of my cheaper cables didn’t work, but the other one did. Being on a Compur shutter, it works a bit differently than a Copal one.

Semi semi stand development: notes

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Initial results after having developed some negatives using the semi semi stand tray development method, the results are encouraging. I still need to scan and process them, although the negatives looks contrasty with good detail in the shadows.

Semi semi stand method is something I have been working out starting from the stand and semi stand methods. What I do is to process for one hour on Rodinal, 12 ml added to 1 l, or equivalent (I am using 9 ml for 0.75 l), one minute initial agitation, then one minute agitation after 20 and 40 minutes. As Rodinal (R09) is one shot developer, this procedure is quite economical.

I am reading the high or medium-high light now, using an old Euromaster meter and a grey card. As I am usually carrying quite a lot of equipment, I do not carry a dslr for me, which I could use for spot metering.