|120-size box from 1961, courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera|
|1951 box for 828 size Panatomic-X, courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera|
|1937 box for 3¼×4¼" pack film, courtesy of Pacific Rim Camera|
From the archivesLeica IIIC rangefinder camera (still in operation).
1980s and 1990s examplesRolleiflex 3.5E twin-lens reflex camera and was experimenting with different films. I wanted fine grain for architecture, and Panatomic-X was still in production. After experimenting, I settled on shooting it at ISO 25 and developing it in Rodinal 1:50. I also experimented with Agfapan 25 but could never get the contrast right (but that was my error - Agfapan was a fine film).
|My most recent 1959-vintage Rolleiflex 3.5E with the 5-element 75mm f/3.5 Schneider Xenotar lens|
|Former residence room in the Junius Ward YMCA on Clay Street in Vicksburg, Mississippi, early 1990|
|Cemetery in Kalavrita, Greece, 1998, Leica M2 35mm camera.|
|Shotgun houses in Grayson Court, Jackson, Mississippi, 2004|
|The Junius Ward YMCA on Clay Street, Vicksburg, 2004. The Old Courthouse Museum is in the distance|
|Two shotgun houses on Bowmar Avenue, Vicksburg, 2005. Both have been torn down|
|The New21 Club on Hwy 61, Valley Park, Mississippi, 2016|
|Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia, Mississippi, 2010|
|Administration building (1936) at former Bonner Campbell Institute, Edwards, Mississippi (click to see 2400 pixel frame)|
|Unused Teen Center, 407 West Green Street, Tallulah, Louisiana, December 2016. Fuji GW690II camera|
|Unused church in Hermanville, Mississippi, January 2017. Rolleiflex 3.5E camera|
|Little Bayou Pierre, Port Gibson, Mississippi, February 2017. Port Gibson is the town that General Ulysses Grant did not burn during the U.S. Civil War because he admired the architecture so much. Rolleiflex 3.5E camera with 75mm Xenotar lens|
|Crushing mill, Rte 3, Redwood, Mississippi, 2017. Rolleiflex 3.5E with 75mm Xenotar lens|
Closing notesKodak likely discontinued Panatomic-X for several reasons:
- Even by the 1980s, most photographers wanted faster film so that they would not need to use a tripod in low light.
- Newer T-grain or tabular films like Kodak T-Max or Ilford Delta 100 offered almost as fine grain but with faster speed.
- A friend from Rochester, who has worked with Kodak, said there was a toxic chemical used in the Panatomic-X production. I have read the same pertaining to Agfapan 25, so maybe slow fine grain films required some chemical technology that manufacturers cannot use today.