Fomapan Action 400 - 35mm 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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Sample pic (c) Ryo FUKAsawa
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!
I've run a few rolls of 35mm through a couple of my cameras and I'm not quite convinced. My first roll was shot at 320ISO as I've heard from many sources that this film benefits from shooting slightly slower than box speed. However I found the resultant shots too grainy and lacking in contrast. However shots at box speed indoors fared better. Still a tad too grainy for my tastes but this might be the look you're going for. I have successfully pushed the 120 version of this film to 1600ASA but I wouldn't try that in 35mm. Worth considering as a budget high speed film but in the end I prefer Kentmere when on a budget.
It's a cheap film, and I think quite underrated. Yet it has great versatility and can be quite flexible in different situations.
Foma 400 truly shines when used at ISO200/250 and developed normally. Used like this you get a full range of tones and a nice clean, sharp image. The example photo attached to this review was taken at ISO 250.
It can of course be used at higher ISO settings with great success. Foma state on their data sheet that you can use this film up to ISO1600 without changing the developing time, but I think that's quite optimistic and to get good results at higher ISO's you really need to increase the developing time. A good combination I have found is to rate at 800 and develop for 1600 (shoot at 800, develop with a 2 stop push) which gives rich inky tones - the grain is increased that way but it's not unpleasant and is somewhat reminiscent of a vintage tri-x. I encourage street photographers especially to give that a try.
Whatever situation I'm in I know that I can use Foma 400 to suit my needs. It gives exceptional rich tones without a massive price tag. Just remember to use at ISO 200 or 250 for best results.
I've always wanted to try Fomapan films so I thought i'd start with action 400 as I've heard such great things! Very impressed with the results. Makes it all the better for the price!!
Noticeable but nice grain and good contrast. Slightly soft rendition. Downside is that it isn't a 400 ISO film; I shoot at 250, even when processed in Microphen.