I kind of suspect it was the film itself. I've only shot a couple other rolls with the EOS IX and was quite happy with it - they looked quite different/better than the fnac film. Those were Fuji Nexia and I had them processed at the same place that processed this -- a local camera store that's been here forever, is highly respected, and I've been pretty thrilled with. I'd be very surprised if they were fouling it up.
I agree that the last shots posted look better but they were taken on the same roll, same day. In fact the owl photo and the weird purplish plant picture were consecutive shots. So go figure.
The only variable I can think of is that I used flash on the black cat pics and not on any of the rest. But that doesn't explain the weird color of the plant, lol.
For now, I'm just gonna chalk it up to weird film and understand that there may well be surprises when using it.
Now I did shoot four rolls with the EOS IX this weekend and should be getting the scans back tomorrow. If the results are a bit more predictable - even though some of this film may be sketchy too, none of it was the fnac - I'll be even more certain it's the fnac film, and know a little more of what to expect from the other five rolls of it that I have.
So much for "if the results are a bit more predictable"! Got the weekend scans back and uh... well, yeah. Have a look:
I scanned the index cards in the order the rolls were shot and wrote the film used on each card.
1: Ferrania Solaris FG 200
A bit grainy, but not necessarily in a disagreeable way. There are a couple shots I quite like, and overall this is more like what I expect. No surprise colors popping up to say hello.
2: Nexia 400
This is the one that I would have expected to give me the least problems, simply because I've used it before and didn't have any of the issues I see here. Basically there are a handful of shots in the middle of the roll that don't have any issues (#5-14, although there might be some weird color at the top of 7 and 10), but the rest are pretty bizarre.
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/rtiQFn EOS IX OINC index002
3: Kodak APS-Erlebnis 200 (Everything on the box is in German, I think, so I'm assuming this is just Advantix)
The weird colors are more subtle here, but they're definitely there. They're most noticeable I think in the middle of roll photos of the birds in the field -- the field looks like it's streaked greenish and reddish. I assure you it wasn't. Also get a noticeable rainbow effect at the end of the roll, too. But really I think all the shots have a little weirdness in them.
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/qwqPVd EOS IX OINC index003
4: same kind of film as #3 - Kodak APS-Erlebnis 200
Definitely here too, but mainly just on the ends of the roll -- the shots in the middle or the roll seem to be okay, or at least the problems aren't nearly as pronounced.
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/rr8ABs EOS IX OINC index004
So I'm flummoxed.
Any thoughts? Is this sort of thing consistent with very-expired film? Could it be a processing thing? Light leaks? Satan?
It doesn't reeeaaaalllly matter I guess, but I am a bit curious. I just use this camera for fun shots which I why I get the cheapest film I can find but I'd be interested in any thoughts anyone has on what's going on here.