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Welcome to the WonderBox film page - here you will find information about the films included in your box this month.

April's Films

HARMAN Phoenix 200

HARMAN Phoenix 200 35mm Film: Embrace the Unexpected in Every Frame!

Step into the world of analogue creativity with HARMAN Phoenix 200, a revolutionary ISO 200 colour negative film from the folks that run the Ilford and Kentmere film brands.

You will receive this in your WonderBox, Plus, or Ultimate.

Fomapan Action 400

FomaPan 400 is 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.

You will receive this in your WonderBox, Plus, or Ultimate.

NoColorStudio Experimental No. 10

The no.10 is a fresh black and white negative panchromatic specialty film, yielding medium to high contrast, high resolution, high sharpness, fine grain and an extended spectral light sensitivity of up to 780nm.

It is hand-rolled into recycled canisters by a brand new Lithuanian brand run by Arnas Spakauskas.

You will receive this in your WonderBox Ultimate.

May's Films

Orwo NC500

This is the first brand new colour photographic film that Orwo has launched in decades, still proudly produced in Bitterfeld-Wolfen on the original film manufacturing site founded in 1910.

At the core of Orwo Wolfen NC500 lies a unique chemical formula based on the wonderful and legendary Agfa stock last used in the Oscar winning film ‘Out of Africa’

Kentmere 400

Kentmere Pan 400 is a great starter-film for people trying 35mm film photography for the first time. For this reason it is often known as a 'student' film!

The soft backing allows for easy scanning, the images will have medium contrast and fine grain, and Kentmere 400's mid-speed rating means it can be used in a variety of lighting situations.

Ilford FP4

Ilford FP4 Plus 35mm film is designed to capture stunning black and white photographs with exceptional detail in 35mm format. With its wide exposure latitude and high resolution, this film is perfect for use in a variety of lighting conditions.

If you have an automatic camera that does not have the '125 ISO' mark, there is no need to worry. Simply set your ISO at 100, and the film will still capture fantastic images within its natural exposure latitude, without any need for adjustments by you or your lab.

HARMAN Phoenix 200

"Research led me to shoot my first roll of Harman Phoenix at 100 iso and I took advantage of some late afternoon sunshine in January for a walk in the park and around town. I will happily shoot this film at 100 iso every time as I like the way the colours pop in the sunlight. This film has a long way to go before it troubles the chaps across the pond, but for a first attempt at manufacturing colour film, it's a good start. Give it a try and get creative with it."

- jimgravesphoto.blogspot.com

Fomapan Action 400

"I've found this film to be a 250-ish iso film in reality if you want shadow detail but when shot at 400 it is contrasty at times and the grain is perfect if you want an old-school look. I wouldn't push it past 800 iso."

- leofgz

NoColorStudio Experimental No. 10

"It's great to stick with your favourites and have some consistency in your work, but how do you discover your favourites in the first place if you don't try out some new emulsions? Plus, there are always those films you might not use that often, but treasure for their unique look, which might be just the thing for a particular set of images.
This is definitely one of those films. It has a punchy rendering, with a generous extra pinch of red sensitivity . Just the thing for lending an offbeat edge to the surrealistic landscape of Portland in Dorset on a sunny June day. It does need a bit more care in exposure and development. Pyro and 2 bath developers could be rewarding to work with here. The 100 really helped to bring out the landscape's atmosphere, where sea and sky met and the film speed was just right for the summer sunshine, though you might want the 1000 in autumn or winter. Give them both a whirl!"

- @newgolddreamer82

Orwo NC500

"High contrast and unsaturated colours. This isn't the quality of Portra and you get the grain but you get what you pay for. Notwithstanding it is a good value alternative with a distinctive look. It feels a bit like Lomo Metropolis but with more vibrancy. I wouldn't describe it as a summer film with warm glows but I'll definitely be trying it again and I should imagine you could get some distinctive portraits with this film."

- @jpdewhirst

Kentmere 400

"My experience with this film includes developing at home and printing in the darkroom. The accompanying image is a photograph of a hand made darkroom print made from this film. I have not tried scanning Kentmere 400.

In my opinion Kentmere 400 produces images with good mid-tone separation and highlights that are easy to print. In my testing the film performs better when metered at EI 200. This might be down to my equipment and each user should make their own tests.

A great benefit of this film is that the negatives dry and stay flat which makes handling in the darkroom easier, especially when making contact prints.

I prefer Kentmere 400 to Ilford HP5 400 for most applications because of the additional contrast and separation in the mid-tones. It is possible, of course, to increase the contrast of HP5 by extending the development time but with a contrasty scene this may lead to denser highlights on the negative which might be more difficult to print. I find Kentmere 400 gives me more contrast and also provides highlights that are easy to print.

The grain of Kentmere 400 appears to me to be slightly larger than HP5 but I don't think there is much difference.

The print shown here was made from Kentmere 400 developed in Ilford DD-X for Ilford's recommended development time and it was printed on Ilford Multigrade RC DeLuxe (pearl) at Grade 4."

- @bengorman78

Ilford FP4

"Really love this film, great contrast and fine grain (but enough to make it vibey :D). Obviously helps that Analogue Wonderland do a great job processing it!"

- withgrain.co.uk

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