Verichrome Pan is one of those films a lot of old guys would like to see on the shelves again. It yielded a rich tonal range and very fine grain that very few modern films can match. Kodak stopped making VP 120 about twenty-five years ago, but it ages well and there is a pretty good chance of getting some images with it even from a roll that is well expired. The two rolls I was given recently are definitely in that category; the one that recorded this set of pictures had a use-before-date of Dec. 1973. I decided to shoot the film in my Kodak No.1 Autographic Special folder that was built around 1917.
All the exposures were at 1/100 and f8 in bright morning sun, two stops wider than the 125 ASA box speed. The negatives were pretty light, so a stop or two more probably would have been better. I processed semi-stand for fifty minutes in Rodinal 1:100.
I did a poor job of framing my shots through the open frame viewfinder which I taped to the side of the camera, so I cropped all the shots to match my intentions. The uncoated Tessar lens never fails to astound me with its sharpness.
The bellows on my No.1 Special seems fine, but a small light leak has shown up in previous outings with the camera. This time I ran some black electrical tape all around the back, and that seems to have solved the problem. Given the fine performance the camera delivered on this last occasion, I think it deserves another go with some fresh film.