Back in 2007, I loaded a 36 exposure slide film into a rangefinder I bought in a charity shop. I shot about 10 frames, then put it away and forgot about it. Then in September 2012 I found it, realised it had a film in it and thought I’d finish it off.
The kicker is, that I had forgotten it was a slide film (and assumed it was black and white) and the ISO dial had been knocked so I assumed it was my usual ISO400 black and white film and finished off the roll metering and shooting accordingly. So everything was at least 2 stops under exposed, slide film doesn’t have quite the same leeway as black and white (so you can’t really get away with being as sloppy with the metering) and most of the subjects I chose weren’t with colour in mind.
All in all, I got two shots out of the whole role which worked well enough to make it through my editing process and in to this post.
It now definitely has a black and white ISO 400 film in it, and is sat on my shelf at work ready for some nice enough weather to take it out for a walk. Unfortunately, the rangefinder itself is a bit screwed and keeps drifting out of calibration – so the entire exercise is a bit hit and miss!