Fomapan Action 400 - 35mm Film

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FomaPan 400 is perfect for sports: with the Action film loaded in your medium format camera, you will not have to worry about low-light situations or fast-moving subjects.

Rated at 400 but with the ability to deliver great results at 3200, this is a fantastic black and white emulsion.

Ā **In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, Foma have released a limited run of their 35mm films in special edition packaging. It is inspired by the historical design of FOMAPAN films and is only available while stocks last! Simple select 'Anniversary' from the packaging drop-down šŸ˜ **

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Specification

Format: 35mm
Colour: B&W
Type: Negative
ISO: 400
Exposures: 36
Pack size: 1

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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 Action over on EMULSIVE.

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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 pic (c) Ryo FUKAsawa

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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 Action Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!

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Customer Reviews

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J.K.
Perfect for: Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: @jack_shootsfilm
A Great Film (But Only For the Right Things!)

Having read loads of bad things about this film online, I decided I'd test it out for myself on the field near my house.
Positives:
I was actually really impressed with how sharp this film was, and these frames are some of my favourite close-up/detail shots I've ever taken. Fomapan (all speeds) also have some characteristics that I really like: firstly, it blooms the light, which is very evident on backlit shots and is a great look for detail and portrait shooting; also, its sensitivity seems to be more towards the red end of the spectrum, meaning red coloured details in your composition are rendered as lighter tones, whereas green coloured details are rendered darker. I've also found the mid-tones to lean towards the darker end of the histogram, producing a moody looking image that I really like. The price is also a huge positive for the film stock, as well as the ability to buy this in bulk - further pushing the price down.
Negatives:
At 400 speed I found the grain to be a little too pronounced and distracting for my liking - I much prefer the grain of the 100 speed version. The light blooming characteristics of this film which make it great for backlit detail and portrait shoots really hold it back for landscape photography, as distant details are lost to the 'bloom' and any details that do remain are so distractingly grainy (for my liking) as to be distracting. Furthermore, the ridiculously high reciprocity failure of the film makes it highly impractical to shoot this film for long exposures (anything over 100 seconds must be multiplied by 8, meaning a 2 minute exposure, for example, becomes a 16 minute exposure) unless, of course, you are wanting to work with very long exposure times on this particular shoot (maybe you don't have a high ND filter but you want to give long exposure film photography a go?).
Overall:
I gave this film 4 stars. I think, once you know what it can't do (e.g. long exposures, hold far away details across a landscape), you can use the film to produce really great images. Particularly when you shoot backlit shots or want to get great sharpness on up-close shots. It also has this moody and retro feel to its images which I've struggled to find in other black and white film stocks. Plus, with prices so low, you can afford to take a few risks and shoot some frames just to see how they turn out, rather than being precious of every shot, like you find yourself doing with more expensive film stocks. I always have a roll of Foma (usually 100 ISO) in my film stash and use it very regularly on shoots where I want close-up details, bloomed light or a moody, retro feel.

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Stephen Lumsden
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Street Photography
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good performer

nice contrasty film. A bit blotchy occasionally, but that adds to the atmosphere. I rate it at EI320 and the latitude is forgiving. Good value on 35mm and even better in 120.

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skida
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Street Photography, Architecture
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: The Olduns Shot on Youtube
First use Fomapan 400

This film gave me pleasing results, both with an Olympus OM10 and a Nikon F-301. A bit of grain for character, but quite sharp and punchy images.

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Shane Simmons
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Affordable all-rounder performance

First shot this film between October 2021 and March 2021 after finding a roll in a drawer that I'd purchased a couple of years ago. First off, it's a great all-rounder black and white film that is affordable for beginners and experimenting, and a reliable go-to film for more experienced and regular shooters.
Medium contrast with enough grit to keep it interesting, but also capable of good detail resolution in better lighting conditions. I will definitely shoot some more of this and have picked up some of the 120 version for my first experiments with a secondhand Ilford Sporti I recently purchased on eBay. Sample image shot in my decades old Pentax MZ-30 with stock 35-80mm zoom lens or Pentax manual focus KA 50mm 1.7 lens. Shot at stock speed, processed and scanned by a professional company that provided TIFF files.

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Kris Lockyear
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Beginners, Street Photography
Sharing with the Film Community: Yes
Accreditation Handles: @lamerlad on Instagram, krislockyearphotography.foliopic.com
Good all round film

I ran this film through a newly acquired Ricoh XR-X in order to test the camera as much as anything. I was very pleased with the results, however. The contrast isn't harsh and the grain is there but not overwhelming. It was a commercial dev and scan so I don't know what was used to develop it. It is certainly a very usable alternative to some of the more premium BW films and is a good choice for someone starting out, or for a general camera/lens test, or just for general use when you aren't after a specific effect that some of the more specialist films provide. All in all, a good all rounder.