After announcing P30 black & white film, FILM Ferrania is now one step closer to its actual distribution. They have officially launched the online shop, and they are taking preorders for the P30. Customers from any part of the world can place the orders, on different links for US/Canada/Mexico and Europe/Global market.
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, you ran out of B&W developer, all stores are closed down and the only thing you can find is beer.
Nothing worse could happen but don’t worry we have THE solution to develop your roll of film.
I’m sure you’ve already guessed it! Yes, we are going to use beer as developer and not any beer. I’m talking about the most emblematic in Ireland: GUINNESS!
This year marks the point at which I have been using Hasselblad cameras for over a decade. My first was a 201F in 2007, before moving to a 203FE in 2011 and adding a 202FA in 2015. They’re the classic 6×6 V series models, although have some additions on the more familiar 500 series that I will get into later. Over the years I’ve put several hundred rolls of film through the various cameras, not a great deal but enough to appreciate the idiosyncrasies inherent in shooting with medium format.
When I first stumbled across this, I thought it was a pretty neat idea. Of course, it’s not an entirely new idea. Agfa used to make a similar device. The Rondinax. Of course, you needed completely separate units for 35mm and 120 format film. The LAB-BOX works on a similar principle, but is a little more modular, allowing you to develop both with the same unit.
With the Kickstarter campaign launched only a couple of days ago, it’s already smashed its €70,000 goal. It’s now at almost €331K, and still has 32 days left to go. Ars-imago, the company behind the LAB-BOX want to let us develop film any time anywhere. Even in complete daylight.
If you want sharp black and white images with fine grain, then you are on the right page my friend!
I’m a bit of a freak in terms of image quality and I love very detailed photos. That’s why I’ve been searching for a good combination of film and developer to obtain the best results. The technique I’m about to share is not for every situation and ideally, you will need either a decent amount of light or a tripod.
Founded as the world’s first photochemical factory in 1860, ADOX has had an interesting life. But as observed by Ilford, Kodak, and other companies, film is becoming extremely popular again. So much so that ADOX have announced plans to build a huge new factory in Bad Saarow, just outside Berlin, Germany. This is in addition to acquisition of facilities in Switzerland only 18 months ago.
Essentially, a huge growth in demand has meant that production simply can’t keep up. While this is great news for ADOX, it speaks to the film world as a whole. Demand is not only not slowing down, but it’s increasing. Hopefully, this increased production from all manufacturers means that there might be some serious competition again. It could even see the price of film and chemicals start to drop a little.
If you are new to film photography, chances are that you will get into shooting black and white sooner or later because you have been inspired by the masterpieces of our great geniuses. But before you become the next Henri Cartier-Bresson or Sebastião Salgado there are a few things you should know.
Seeing the world in Black and White is the main struggle for everyone at the beginning but like with everything else, it can be learned and practiced with a simple understanding of how colors are translated into BW. The human eye can distinguish approximately 500 shades of gray (some are limited to 50 but that’s another story!), on the other hand, the scope of colors is almost unlimited.
It’s about time to give some fame to two cheap films in price but by no means in quality. It can be tempting to go for the expensive ones when buying rolls but let’s not forget about the bottom of the shelf.
The films you are going to read about have some serious advantages on top of their inexpensive price. If you are just starting it may be a good opportunity to practice without breaking the bank. However, if you already have some experience, you can always try these two guys and compare the results to the more famous films you are used shooting with. I’m sure they won’t have anything to be ashamed of!
It was only a few days ago that Film Ferrania announced its triumphant return with their new ISO80 speed P30 black & white film. Now, French company, Bergger have announced Pancro 400. It’s a super sharp, fine grain, ISO400 black & white film. This isn’t simply a re-issue or a remake of a past film stock, though. This is a completely new emulsion.
Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film composed of silver bromide and silver iodide on an acetate base. Bergger say this provides for a wide exposure latitude. According to the datasheet the film will be available in rolls of 35mm and 120 medium format. But, it will also be available in sheets including 4×5, 5×7, 8×10, and 13×18.