Foma Retropan 320 Film - 120 Film

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Description

A wonderfully soft emulsion now available in medium format: delivering low contrast in all your images, this 120 film will help you create beautiful portraits in gorgeous lighting.

It is also commonly used in technical photography to reproduce images without imposing harsh contrast constraints. A gentle final look.

 

Specification

Format: 120
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 320
Exposures: 12
Pack size: 1

 

To understand more about the details above you can check out our film guide or if you want some inspiration then head over to our page on choosing your next film. And if you want the full details about the film, including technical information, read about Foma Retropan over on EMULSIVE.

 

Foma traces its origins back to Prague in 1919. They have remained in the Czech Rupublic ever since, working throughout the past century on different films, papers and chemicals for use by medical schools and the military - as well as ordinary photographers in Eastern Europe. Their black and white films are the result of decades of expertise - you will not be disappointed!

For more information about the brand check out our bio of Foma

Sample images (c) Antony Shepherd and Marketa

 

Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Foma Retropan Film 120 B&W ISO 320 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

How Does the Bundled Developing Work?

To make your analogue adventures even easier (and cheaper!) we’ve implemented the option to pre-pay for your processing when you buy your film. This means that you choose your developing and scanning options on this page, via the little tick-box above, and add everything to basket for an immediate 10% saving on all processing costs.

Your film will be dispatched in line with our usual shipping times (full details here) and you will also get an email with instructions on sending the film back to the WonderLab (with tracked shipping - on us!)

When you have shot the film - whether that takes you a day, month or year - you generate the free tracked postage label by following the simple instructions from the email, and pop it in the post with a note of your original order number. We’ll do the rest!

So buy the bundle and relax into the shooting process, knowing that you’ll get to see the final results from your photography, without having to reach for your wallet again.

Happy Shooting!

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

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Holly Gilman
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Another unique film stock

Similar to Bergger Pancro this gives a more muted image - no punchy blacks. I did love my results from it but I would say it wouldn't be my every day film stock of choice. I certainly recommend that you try it though!

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Jim Graves
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Pinhole/Long-Exposure, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Accreditation Handles: www.instagram.com/_jimgraves/
Great for street photography

My friend Keith asked me if I had tried Foma Retropan 320 and I hadn't. I was intrigued enough to load a roll of Retropan 320 in my Agfa Isolette 1 medium format folding camera and had a wander around town taking snapshots of local landmarks. I developed it in Kodak HC-110 dilution B and I am quite pleased with how the film performed in my 65 year old camera. I like Fomapan film for it's classic grain and Retropan 320 has plenty of it, but in a pleasing way. It has just the right contrast to give good separation between tones without looking like mush. I enjoyed trying this film out and have another roll for another sunny day that I am looking forward to using. That's all that matters with any film, if you look forward to using it again, buy some more. This is exactly what I am going to do next pay day so I can explore the capability of Retropan 320 some more.

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Hudson J Rippon
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Accreditation Handles: @hudsonjrippon
Unsure

I don't know how I feel about this film, it came out very nicely with the shadow detail and grain which does make it look old, but it was a mixed bag and out of the 10 exposures I got maybe 3 that i was truly happy with.

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David
Perfect for: Creative/Abstract
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Accreditation Handles: https://davidalexanderwatts.co.uk
A curious film with an unusual look to it

I bought a couple of 120 rolls to try and used them in my Mamiya 7ii on a walk by the Thames between the O2 and the Thames Barrier on a sunny January Saturday at low tide. I developed it in Microphen. On scanning, my first impression was that many shots were a disappointment, I don't think it handles certain subjects that well, but then I noticed this one and printed it in the darkroom and it's changed my opinion of this film, in that it's one of those where if you get the subject right it gives you an image quite different from any other film - it is soft, it is grainy, it is low contrast, and it has a period look (it doesn't look like a photo taken in 2021) and can give a glow. I've not quite got this print right (the sky isn't right) but it is a negative I want to return to in the darkroom and produce a large fibre-based print: there's not that many negatives I have which warrant the effort but I think this one does and that's a consequence of this film. I'm going to buy some more.

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Robin
Perfect for: Creative/Abstract
Fantastic Film - for the right situation.

I usually shoot Foma 100 but thought I would try out Retropan. I sourced some of the Foma Retro developer and would recommend doing so with this film. It's easy enough to mix up and store and isn't very expensive. Some of the video reviews online talk about the grain being over the top in the 35mm version, but all I can say is the look that the 120 film gave with teh recommended developer was very pleasing. It's certainly not going to give edge to edge sharpness (it's called Retropan Soft remember) but for dreamy scenes this film looks amazing. It's almost certainly not an everyday/all situations film though. I shot it in my Bronica SQA and was a bit lackadaisical with the metering. The examples here were mobile phone shots of the negs, (far from perfect in terms of distortion etc), developed in Snapseed. The warmer tone is without converting the file to b&w and the cooler one is after a simple b&w conversion. I really like this film and can't wait to use it in my Holga Pinhole Wide as I think this may be a fantastic combination. Watch this space.