Fomapan Action 400 - 120 Film
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.
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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!
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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 Foma Action Film 120 B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 120 film photography!
You really can't go wrong at this price. Unlike the 35mm version, which I find too grainy, the medium format Fomapan 400 exhibits very reasonable grain. It's a traditional cubic structure film, but still not as modern as offerings from Ilford or Kodak. It gives a very pleasing look with medium contrast at box speed, higher if you push process it. I've pushed this to 1600ISO with decent results, and used it in a variety of cameras from an 1899 Kodak to a 1980s Kiev SLR. It's cheap enough to use in a vintage, box or toy camera but good enough to use in quality equipment. Suitable for most situations but perhaps not at it's best in bright sunlight.
Sample shots taken with a 1937 Ziess-Ikon Ikonta. The music club photo was pushed to 1600, the rest shot at box speed.
For B&W photography I have previously used Ilford FP4, HP5 and Kodak Tri-X, but with the very reasonable price of Fomapan film, I thought I would give it a try. Reviews on the internet seem rather mixed, but I found it to be a very forgiving emulsion. I decided to rate it at 200 ASA as suggested in several reviews. So with a roll of Fomapan Action in my old YashicaMat I took a few landscapes near to home, then off to Trinity Buoy Wharf in the East End of London to finish off the roll. I developed the film in Rodinal , 11mins at 20 degrees and scanned the negatives with an Epson V550 and printing on a Canon TS5050. Apart from some minor cropping and removal of dust particles from the scans no enhancement was found to be necessary to get some decent prints. Overall very impressed, nice grain and nice tonal range and exposure latitude. Why pay more?
I shot this at 400 throughout some overcast Winter days and I remain pleased with the results. The grain feel coarser than the HP5 I usually shoot but it lends a nice feel of yester-year to the final image. I developed in Ilford 1D-11 with a 1:1 ratio. The film comes out rather blue/purple and lies reasonably flat for scanning.
In my experience the shadows get a little murky when not exposed enough (the overcast winter weather didn't help in my case) so I plan to give it a little over exposure next time. Overall for £4 a roll it's a great performer and produces some lovely tones in your images.
this a great film and i cant reccomend it enough for the price, i recently did a comparison between this and HP5+ and the differences are very small, id say hp5 has wider tonality and is more consistent in its results, i found with foma 400 it can vary frame to frame how intense the tonality sharpness and grain are, only by very slight amounts and i honestly cant say buy HP5+ over this because of the price id just say you definitely get what you pay for and then some
really good over exposed by 1stop