Bergger Pancro 400 120 Film B&W ISO 400
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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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 Bergger Pancro 400 Film 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!
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!
I bought 3 rolls of Bergger Panchro 400 in 120 from Analogue Wonderland as I'd read varying reviews of it and, as it is a completely new emulsion (rather than a rebadged film from another manufacturer) it would be worth a try. I put the three rolls through my Mamiya 7ii in a variety of weather conditions on a recent trip to North-eastern Scotland. I rated it at the box speed of ISO400 and developed 2 films in ID11 (1:1, 17 minutes at 20 DegC) and one in Microphen (stock, 8minutes). I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the finest grained 400 film around. Less grainy then HP5+ or TriX in the same developers, but more than Delta 400. The roll developed in Microphen was slightly smoother as expected. The tonality was very smooth, with good separation in the mid-tones and detail in the highlights.
It's certainly a film I'd use again, although I can't see it replacing HP5+ as my standard 400 film.
I used this film for the first time on a trip round the Baltic with my Rolleiflex 3.5f. With the addition speed (I rated the film at 400 ISO) over the FP4+ (I rate at 100 ISO) I normally use, it gave me workable shutter speeds and apertures. I developed the film in HC110 at 20 deg C for 9 minutes. The results were good with nice punchy negatives that are easy to print. It seems to be able to cope with a variety of situations and all negs were well exposed just using the meter on the camera!
I’m very happy with the film and have just used it again in Stockholm.