Studio 20 Photo Lab Newsletter #3

You might’ve noticed that since November you get your scanned pictures faster. Studio 20 got an equipment update – welcome Noritsu film scanner. Look through old boxes, dig out those old negatives and rediscover pictures from your childhood … or your parents’ childhood. You can have them on your email in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.



Now this is truly exciting. You know when you watch an old movie and you have that feel to it? Well now you can have that bit of Hollywood on your 35mm camera. Studio 20 stocked up on new Kodak cinema film Vision3 – this is the film used to make Hollywood Blockbusters. You surely saw ‘Star Wars’. We are also using the new found time to offer you ECN-2 development. What’s that? ECN – Eastman Color Negative – it has a Remjet coating (black, carbon layer) so it can’t be handled using the standard C-41 process. This layer avoids some reflections on the surface of the film and has antistatic properties as well. You get low contrasted picture and the skies come out magnificent.



The winter season is upon us. For us photographers it translates to shorter, darker days. We’ve got three ideas to put the smile back on our face:

1. get a high sensitivity film such as the CineStill 800T and make the Christmas lights sing a new song, 

2. use flashes to light up these dark days and 

3. get the lovely Rollei Retro 400S black & white films and enjoy the tones of this justly attractive film – nifty and currently our favourite – highly sensitive, black-and-white negative film, with high sharpness performance. Come over to check out our FF range – Film, Flash.

Our featured – Studio 20 Photo of the month – goes to one of our very first customers, a promising young photographer Nailya. She made a lovely self-portrait, presently called a selfie. 

And to finish off – some Christmas gift ideas 

Studio 20 is open till the 17 December, then we take a holiday break and back on 9 January 2023. Oh yes it is almost 2023. 

Happy holidays and a flashy New Year!

Studio 20 Photo Lab Newsletter #2

Films are slowly trickling back into stores. In September, we got a fresh delivery of Fuji Films and Ilford, hoping that the shortages in production lines are a story of the past. Moreover, we are happy to announce that Studio 20 is now an official reseller of Ilford and Rollei film on top of CineStill film, see more in our previous newsletter.


This brings us smoothly to our monthly feature – Studio 20 Photo of the month – September goes to Ricardo’s ‘Life from a window’ shot with a red scale film. The film is reverse-rolled and the light hits the base of the film instead of the emulsion, producing red/orange/yellow tones. Red scale film available at our store.

If you like to scan your own negatives or you are a Lomo fan, we have a little scanning gadget at Studio 20 that you

might like – the Lomography Digitaliza scanning masks – for 120, 100 and 35mm film. Some interesting features include the possibility to scan the negative in one endless filmstrip, do multiple exposures or overlapping frames. The masks
hold the film flat and well in place thanks to a magnetic set up, so all you need is a scanner and you’re good to go.

To finish off, we want to tell you about the Studio 20 bestsellers and give a special thanks to one our photographer


The number one bestseller camera are definitely the Minoltas. We adore them, as do our customers. Why? They have excellent lightmeters, good autofocus, cheap and good lenses, compatible with all Sony A-mount lenses and great flash control!


On the film stock side, we had a fresh delivery of CineStill 800T films (120 and 135), some CineStill 50D and some Agfa APX400. If you like extremly fine grain, I recommend the Ilford Pan F Plus (iso 50) available in 135 only.

Next week, some Rollei films should arrive including CrossBird films for the 127 lovers.


Also available, cases for your 135 films from Kodak.

Lastly, a big thank you, to our photographer friend Peter. A crew of rescue hikers from Hong Kong, bear with me, came to Studio 20 just before closing. The top glass of their lens crashed and the only way to ‘save’ and use the lens was to attach a special filter. One call to Peter and by 9 pm the Hong Kong rescue crew got there gear working.



See you again next month with photo exhibition updates and a new project we’re working on with artist David Dure –
involving a hand, paint and cameras. Watch this space.

Studio 20 Photo Lab Newsletter #1

August was an exciting month to be open. We saw clients from nearly all continents. Some of our cameras travelled back home with them. See you in Hong Kong Pentax ME 🙂


This is the first Studio 20 Photo Lab newsletter. We plan to create content on a monthly basis letting you know what went on and what to expect. If you want in, you can subscribe below, if you want out, there is an option for that too.


It’s no news that films are hard to come by and we are leaving no stone unturned to keep our stock full and fresh. Studio 20 is now an official reseller of CineStill Film – based on motion picture films they give a cinematographic look to your photos. CineStill films available at Studio 20: 50 (daylight), 800 ASA (tungsten) and black and white The Double X (250 ASA). Scroll down to see an example.


Exciting update from the exhibition world – end of September, photographer Jean-Luc Feixa will exhibit his poetic journey in the French countryside – shot with Hasselblad 500 and Kodak Tri-x.  Studio 20 did the prints, retouch and framing – expect more info on our Instagram.


And back to our cosy shop – on our shelves, you will find some new arrivals – Pentax P30N, Canon A1, Canon AE1, Minolta 7xi and 9xi, flashes, Instax cameras, hot shoe accessories – bunny and chicken, disposable and reusable cameras. We understand that before you make a decision to buy a camera it is good to try it out, see how it sits in the hand – and since we get that, our customers have the opportunity for a ‘try out’ session. Rules are simple – come over, pick a camera, try it out, purchase or return at no extra charge.

Every month, Studio 20 will pick our favourite picture made by customers and promote it as ‘Photo of the month’ (after customer’s consent bien sûr). In August its ‘Lavender Girl’ by Bayan Daou, shot with CineStill 400D film. Congrats!

To keep it crisp, last two pieces of info: –> Studio 20 recommends 50.8 Studio – cool place where you can rent a photo studio and equipment; –> and we want to promote our customer’s new Portuguese resto PURO in the Schuman area – we’ll keep you posted on the grand opening.


See you again next month with fun facts about Lomography, use of filters and wireless flashes and a new Photo of the month.

Kyoto circle, 2018

The circle, maru in Japanese, is the most popular subject of calligraphy. When making an announcement in Japan, its best to paint it on a wall and surround it with a protective loop. The circle is strongly related to Zen Buddhism and believed to have magical properties – it can protect you from evil, bring mindfulness and purity to life.


I find this form of art highly aesthetic. In this photograph, taken in downtown Kyoto, you see a poster publicising a festival. I love that there is a bicycle parked outside, adding another layer of circularity. The viewers first sees the round poster, than turn their eyes to the bicycle wheels. The wooden house gives a feeling of cosiness. On the right, the viewer gets a glimpse of the obscure and mysterious entrance.


I used a Hasselblad 503CX, Zeiss Distagon 3.5/50 T* lens and Ilford FP4+ film.

Norderney, the European Tropical Rainforest

Not surprisingly, the island of Norderney, keeps inspiring writers, painters and photographers. Its unique, because it changed very little since its settlement in 16th century and its strict environmental protection rules prevent the island from ‘tourist-induced’ alterations.


It’s flat, windy and stunning.


The area also stands out, on the global scale, as the second most productive ecosystem in the world, after the tropical rainforest. Wondering the empty beaches, it was refreshing to see no man-made infrastructure. You did come across huge trunks of trees, washed up on the beach, spiky seashells pinching your feet or vast flocks of birds, nesting on the shore, not even budging upon your arrival – they stay, you move.


The place is unusually food-rich, attracting thousands of animal and plant species. Grey seals occupy the sandbanks on the eastern end of the island of Norderney. Long stretches of dunes characterise the cost. I was told that there is one predator that is endangering this precious pillar of biodiversity, the bunny.


Back in the 19th century Prince Georg of Hannover, held court each summer on the island. During that time his female followers brought along bunnies for entertainment, probably also for consumption. Since then, the bunnies have settled on the island and form part of its habitat. They are also under protection, so no funny dinner ideas. In any case, they are the ones digging burrows in the dunes and endangering the fragile coastal ecosystem.


You’ll see in my photographs wind ridden trees, mudflats, salt marshes, sand dunes, birds and seals. Occasionally some people, gently blending into nature’s surroundings.


Did I mention Norderney is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Car traffic is subject to strict regulations. Even bicycles are not allowed in certain areas. Take your walking shoes. Enjoy.



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The Hague

The Hague’s sandy beaches of Scheveningen attract the same carefreeness as you’d find on the shores of Spain or Greece. People didn’t mind my prying camera lens, too busy building castles and enjoying the sun. For these pictures, I used the Phase One digital medium format camera. Its perfect for dynamic scenery. The quality of prints and details captured is stunning.


I was going to Japan with high expectations, topped up with a sort of blend between samurai and hi-tech clichés. Unprepared for the travel, which was unquestionably too short anyway. The Hasselblad in my backpack was the only sure thing. First couple of days there, I was agitated then I let go. I came back with mixed feelings as to what exactly my impressions where. To my relief the real Japan unveiled before me in the darkroom. When I was pulling out the prints from the trays I finally processed what I experienced there.

Japan is beautiful in its everydayness, in its neatness, tradition, rules and soft mannered people.


If you are a photographer planning to visit Iceland better stock up on film. Its a small country with an endless showcase of untamed nature. Even their horses and sheep roam free.

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