This film was a test of my long exposure chops (and of my ebay special tripod - not recommended!). It's very very punchy, and even though I stand developed, very contrasty - which I like. It definitely feels like a cinema film, and for fun I cropped a lot of my images to 1.85:1 which suits it very nicely - I think this film, requiring long exposures, lends itself well to architectural photography, light painting, and experimentation. Dried well, scanned well, and I'm going to be shooting a few more rolls to get the hang of it!
This was one of my first home developed films. Really liked it and all 3 rolls have shots I'm happy with. Sunny conditions will really help the film stand out and give it it's nice look.
Contrasty, and in the right conditions has a bold aesthetic. You get 3 films for £16 which is great! I bought more, waiting for the sun to return...
I've only shot one roll of this, and I'm seriously impressed, especially for the price. I took it for a walk on a gloomy, wet day, so my experience is limited to low-contrast, overcast daylight, but definitely got some nice, contrasty images, and had a lot of fun. I'd definitely recommend giving this a try. Photos shot on Pentax K1000
Love, love love this film! I know most that can be said about it has probably already been said-- it's so versatile, has amazing latitude, the colours are rendered beautifully, and the reds pop. I'm not big on portraits, Portra is my favourite for landscapes and nature photography as well.
Last time I really played with film, Delta was one of those newfangled fads which obviously weren't really needed with the likes of FP4 already available. But, it obviously stuck around so, yesterday, I finally got round to shooting my first ever roll of the stuff.
It's sharp. Probably sharper than my old Contaflex with its 1950s Tessar glass.
It's accurate. The somewhat overcast day and old, weathered, stone were captured perfectly perfectly, with the film not imposing anything on the pictures that wasn't there.
It's almost grain free. On 2.5x3.7k scans from 35mm you JUST start noticing what may be grain, or may be the limit of scanning, at 100% crop.
It's also surprisingly tolerant on exposure. On the mountains I added a polariser but forgot to reset the metering (not TTL) for the couple of stops difference. The Delta just shrugged and made a good attempt anyway!
I can't see it becoming an everyday film simply because of price but it's certainly one I'll be keeping a roll or two of and can't wait now to try out all the combinations - 100 and 400, 35mm and 120.
Camera: Contaflex Super with Zeiss Tessar 50mm / Pro-Tessar 115mm.
Developed: ID11 stock for 8:30
So I bought a couple just to try some low ISO stuff, and I took the creative message to heart so played around with the lighting. I am really impressed with how the photos have come out, they've preserved the lighting and contrast keeping the mood which I was working with, I was clearing out my Granddads house at the time. With macro shots this is great at capturing the detial. I am now waiting for a good time/shoot to go and use the other one on, it's such a shame they don't do this film in 120 as well. I will have to stock up when I can afford it.
First time using this film and very please with the results, all photos have a great colour profile and good contrast
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this film but it produced some nice tones and contrast. I developed in stock XTOL for 7 minutes. Didn’t get the exposure bang on but have a second roll on the way now I’ve a better idea of how to handle it.
I shot this 35mm roll in May 2020, during a bright day in a Pandemic Lockdown in Dublin. I have another roll
to shoot that arrive in my Wonderbox. This flexible film needs more experimentation, but, from what I have
seen so far, I like it. The subtle colours and tones give a nice feeling. The contrast seems to be interesting
too. The canister looks like it could be tricky to open for home developers, I will try that next time. I enjoyed
this stock and will use it again.
A great film that renders colours really well. It’s affordable and adaptable to many different situations. I’d recommend it for more casual shooting, such as travel pictures or just general documentation.
Just amazing colours; especially in bright sunlight. Go to for portraits / landscapes. Shot on Nikon L35af pikaichi
One of my favourite film stocks to experiment with at low light, or even during the day. It has such a unique look, and throws out a surprise or two every time you get them back from the developers, reminding me why I shoot film, and love it so much. The cinematic look makes the images look slightly surreal and gives a fantasy look about it. Although some rolls I've shot have given completely unpredictable, and sometimes sadly undesirable marks or streaks, it still makes me want to experiment even more with it.
OK my sample photos are terribly scratched but that's down to operator error. I was in a bad mood when loading the reel, it jammed as it sometimes does, and I forced it – hence all the scratches. But that's all my own fault, no reflection at all on the film.
I was expecting something similar to Rollei Retro 80S which is one of my favourite BnW films, but 400S seems more contrasty. If I try it again, I might rate it at ISO 250 or so, to try and retain more shadow detail (and indeed, looking at other reviews on this site, the sample photos look a tad dark to me). But if you like that look, go ahead and shoot at box speed and develop as normal, you will not be disappointed! I also noticed that the grain is surprisingly fine for a 400 speed film, and the film base is quite transparent which makes it easy to scan.
Great all round film, that's sharp and with great flexibility if pushed 1 or 2, maybe even 3 stops. These were pushed one stop, and gives strong punchy looking images with a wide dynamic range of tones, while holding on to the shadow detail well, with a good amount of grain showing through.
TMax is so smooth that looking at the results, it's honestly hard to believe it's a 400 ISO film. Personally, I prefer the slightly more traditional look of cubic-grain films like Ilford HP5, but I can totally see why TMax has a fan following. I imagine it would be really good for low-light portraits (though I haven't used it for that purpose yet) because of the smoothness and low grain. It also pulls and pushes well (one example of each in the sample photos – the ship was pulled to 200 and the concert photo was pushed to 800, Kodak D-76 developer in both cases).
Admittedly I haven't tested this in any rigorous way, but I think the falloff in the shadows is a bit more abrupt than Tri-X. To be clear, TMax (in my experience) doesn't record any less shadow detail, just that the transition from textured shadows to no detail is more sudden with TMax (a bit more gradual with Tri-X). Some may like this, others may not!
Such a unique and extraordinary looking film stock, with incredible detail, sharpness and dynamic range. With such a low iso film it makes you slow down the process even more, and really concentrate on the composition - also luckily the sun was out at this Glastonbury in 2019. Definitely one of my favourite b&w film stocks to shoot, and highly recommend trying one of the incredible ADOX films, especially if you get chance to at a sunny summer festival. :'(
Great, affordable film and good for beginners. Lovely warm tones and nice quality, though not the best for dim or low light conditions. Received wonderful service from analogue wonderland and thoroughly enjoyed shooting this film.
Sharp, great tones, good grain, Needs care exposing it.
In grumpy old man mode, I only got 35 exposures off the film, despite using an olympus OM body; I usually get 37! If it says 36 exposures on the box........
I tried this once, the results were OK but I wasn't blown away. Not terribly sharp but smooth pictures. I think I prefer Kodaks, noe discontinued, offering.
Probably the sharpest non-technical black and white film, almost invisible grain and good tones. Downsides are that is rather fussy about exposure and processing, and to me, somewhat lacking in character.
The film gives you a nice old world look, nice tones and moderate grain for the speed and quite forgiving.
BUT, not beating about the bush, it's Fomapan 100 relabelled. Only you can decide if the trick box is worth another 1.25.......
Stupendous sharpness and fine grain , though at a cost of some film speed. Creates a fantastic range of tones with a slow film,
Use this with all sorts of 400ISO films, and gives excellent results at box speed or pushed. Even helps with those films where manufacturers ISO is a trifle optimistic......
Perfect for storing film, plus it looks great.
Handy for putting in your kit bag and keeping film safe.
I will definitely be buying a few more.
Well, it’s an experience.
I haven’t gotten round to using the camera yet, but before you can, you have to build it.
Don’t assume this will be easy. Be patient; it is tedious. Cardboard can fray, and some of the slots are very tight. I also found one of the parts to be labelled the wrong way round (the 2 top panels).
I went for a walk, came back, dismantled a few pieces, rebuilt it, and completed it.
It is, surprisingly, sturdy and robust, but obviously don’t take it out in the rain, or drop it.
The lens looks alright, and the fit is very tight and overlapping, so I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work as it should. I will update once I get round to shooting and developing.
Just don’t buy thinking it will take 5 minutes to build, it won’t. I’ve read online where some people can’t complete it.
It is fun and I’m glad I finished it, but in hindsight not sure it’s worth £50. Plenty of better cameras to buy for that.
I don’t think this will age too well with repeated use, but time will tell.
And if it wasn’t already obvious, it is rather large, and inconvenient to carry around.
More like 2.5/5