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.
I just came across a very interesting set of interviews posted on Zorki Photo. In the post, photographer Stephen Dowling talks with the bigwigs at Ilford, Kodak, Film Ferrania and others. He wanted their thoughts on the current world of film potography. They all agree, the market is definitely growing. Of course, they sell film, so they’re bound to be naturally optimistic. But, we’ve seen an upsurge in interest for film related content recently here on DIYP, too.
Kodak have just announced a re-release of Ektachrome. Film Ferrania have released a P30 reinvention. Bergger have released an entirely new black & white film. They wouldn’t be doing that if there wasn’t a genuine interest. Especially in an age when some manufacturers are killing them off like there’s no tomorrow.
A couple of months ago, we showed you some of Film Ferrania’s hardware. The equipment they’re using to bring back the company, as well as some much loved films. The plan then seemed to be starting fresh with E6 slide film. As it turns out, though, black & white has become the priority. The company has now announced shipping will soon begin for Ferrania P30 in a limited Alpha edition.
Film Ferrania P30 is a panchromatic (sensitive to all colours of the visible spectrum) black and white motion picture film for stills photography. It was originally released by Ferrania during the 1960s. With a rating of ISO80, it’s a fairly slow film, but with “ultrafine grain” and a high silver content (5 grams per square metre), it could become a tough one to beat in terms of sharpness and detail.
Ferrania was restarted as FILM Ferrania in 2012 by Nicola Baldini and Marco Pagni. The pair took to Kickstarter in September 2014 to seek funding to resurrect the recently closed Ferrania film factories after 3M’s departure. Their goal was simple. To keep producing the popular 35mm and 120 format films Ferrania was famous for.
But a number of factors caused some pretty big delays. Issues with suppliers, harsh weather, and the discovery of asbestos in one of the buildings to name a few. Now, though, FILM Ferrania are now back and say they are close to starting up with E6 slide film production once again. After a successful coating test, and the restoration of a film slitter, it seems they may not be too far away.