Bergger Pancro 400 120 Film B&W ISO 400
Our Price: £5.50 GBP100018
The first original B&W emulsion for over a decade, Pancro 400 120 film's launch in 2017 was highly anticipated by medium format photographers who praised its clarity and exposure latitude. This partly comes from it's rare double-emulsion set-up which allows for different sizes of grain in the final image.
A must-try for any serious black and white photographer! Also called Pancro400, Pan 400 or PAN400.
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Bergger is an exciting French company which provided one of the highlights of 2016 by announcing they were producing a brand NEW B&W film for the market - the Pancro 400. Unlike many films which have existed for decades, Bergger has invested in research and development - as well as machinery and people - to innovate and explore new possibilities. Combining brand new technology with age-old formats has proven a hit already, and they will surely grow in prominence as their product line extends.
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Sample images (c) jacme31 and Aurelien Le Duc
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I've only shot one roll of Bergger Pancro so far and under less-than-optimal conditions: at a meeting of my local astronomy club where most of the activity happens in darkness (duh). I pushed it to 800, but in hindsight I should have gone for 1600 or even 3200. The Mamiya 645 is a heavy beast, not designed for handheld photography at slow shutter speeds. And while I had a fast lens – a Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f1.9 – its razor-thin depth-of-field (equivalent to a 50mm f1.2 for 35mm) makes it hard to accurately focusing in low light. I got a few usable shots (that is, if you interpret "usable" quite generously), and my initial impression is that the film (which I developed in D-76 1+1) has a nice range of tones with a somewhat "retro" look, and relatively low grain even when pushed to ISO 800 (if I get a chance to try more of this film under better light conditions, I will update this review). While the recent resurgence of film has led to a number of interesting respooled/repackaged offerings, completely new emulsions are still relatively rare, so I want to like and support Bergger and other companies who are brave enough to take the plunge.
From all the 120mm films I've tried recently, it's Pancro Berrger 400 which surprised me the most. For such a good price you'd get an amazing deal of variability, quality, contrast and detail - real black (& white) magic!
Shot a test roll on my Mamiya 645. Quite pleased with the results. Good contrast. Developed in Ilford ID11.
My "go to" 400 speed 120 films are TriX, Rollei 400IR and HP5 Plus. At the price point, this is competing against Ilford's most famous offering and it doesn't stack up. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film, it just doesn't do anything special. I shot this roll at 400 and developed in Rodinal which might not be the best test for this speed of film, but HP5 in Rodinal looks great, as does TriX.
The 35mm blurb mentions dynamic range (IIRC), and I found it to be lacking, with detail in the shadows just lost where I'd have confidence in other films. I found that I had to tweak the end result a bit more in Lightroom to get where I wanted with the files, trying to find a bit of contrast. The sharpness is very average and the grain is noticeable.
In flat light, this is a pretty nice film and if it were sub £5/roll I might be tempted to try more, but really it's competing ahainst that green lettering from Ilford and there's nothing it does that would make me choose this over HP5 at 120. 5/10
[Pentax 645n, 75mm FA lens, Dev in Rodinal 1+25 @8min]
Tried a switch from my usual comfort zone of Tri-X and HP5+, and I had misplaced my Sekonic light meter so I had to rely on reflectance metering off the grass of my scenes, so my issues might be down to me and not the film, but I wasn't hugely impressed with this. Got some OK results shooting it at EI800 and it does have quite a nice smooth look to it, akin to Kodak TMAX100, but the negatives didn't blow me away. I've had to do a lot of post-processing after flat scanning to get the usual look I like; the negative scans looked very flat in VueScan. Finished results were not really anything to write home about; I prefer HP5+ and it has nothing on Tri-X. And it is, without doubt, the curliest film I have ever, ever, used. And I don't mean cupping. I mean literal vertical curling bottom to top. Even after drying with weighted clips hanging on it overnight, and then compressing the sleeves beneath a book whilst sleeved, it still curled when withdrawn from sleeves for scanning. It is painfully thin and bendy, so loading it into the naf HP Envy plastic holders was a wrestle in itself. Way to annoying for me to work with again I am afraid; home scanning is a mare enough as it is without wrestling with thin film curling into a ball. But a nice option to try as a change from the usual. Probably very good in controlled situations and probably also fine for scanning for those with proper fully functional setups, but I felt the film was not hard enough for wild horse photography in the middle of a muddy field with mixed lighting where pushing was needed. I suspect I'd have got much more useable results from this shoot if I had stuck to Tri-X. Further proof of my pudding, which is to just stick with what you know!