Adox CMS 20 II Pro - 35mm Film

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Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Alannah W.
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
Accreditation Handles: swimdeeplana
good b&w film

good film but prefer others like fomapan at a similar price

A.M. (Manchester, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
Accreditation Handles: @andyjmpics on Instagram
Do your research...!

Beware! This is great film, but ....
If you want the ultra fine detail that the blurb says that this film is capable of then you have to develop it in the special Adox developer. That means developing at home or sending it to a specialist lab and paying extra for them to develop it in Adox chemistry. If you do what I did and send it for normal black and white development then you will get negatives with an INSANE amount of contrast and zero shadow detail.
I was initially very disappointed but, on reflection, the results are quite pleasing. Deeeeep dark shadows like a hole in the world, some fine detail in a narrow band of mid-tones and burning white highlights. More like screen prints than conventional photographic images.
Not great as a beginner film.
I would definitely use this film again but would approach the shooting differently in order to make use of its unique character.

guy b. (Kensington, GB)
Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture
yes do it

dont watch Paul's review or read any notes. so developed this is a very weak rodinal mix ( 1-100) i think or similar ... lets just say, you need to invent a new term for how much contrast this produces :D ... i also shot it at asa20 on a sunny day :D .. i think i had to scan it in at least 2 if not 3 stops lighter . and then do some lightroom and photoshoping dummery to get it to this point ... fyi i dont really care about digi scans i just use it to proof what i want to darkroom print .. i am all about the old school... shoot to print .. or shoot because i want to make a print .... :D .. dealth before digitall .. O it was also shot on a hassie 500cm using the 35mm roll hack so its a 2-1 panno 56mm*24 and the scan was around 130mb ... yupi cranked that puppy up to the red line ..

will use this by the bucket load once the wonderlanders get it in ... very impressed with it , think it has vast potential especially on the hassie and developed using the adox chems and scanned in on a nikon cool scan , think it will be cutting your eye balls through the screen... :D or more importantly darkroom printed !!!!

Peter A. (Camberwell, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Studio work
Accreditation Handles: @Peter_Angus_Photography
Amazing detail, resolution and contrast

To get the best from this film does require more effort than a regular film such as the ever popular HP5 but those who venture into the world of CMS 20 will be rewarded with detail, sharpness and contrast like few other films.

On the downsides is the need for a special developer, Adotech IV, and one bottle is only good for 6 rolls! Other developers can be used but at the expense of tonality, expect black and white but not much between! Also the dynamic range is limited, in the range of 6 stops. So very high dynamic scenes are not suitable unless you intend to use this creatively such as for silhouettes. Those used to shooting slide film should have no problem with this.

So why bother? If you like punchy, attention grabbing images with biting sharpness and clarity then you are in the right place. On 35mm my 30 megapixel scanner can get no where near to resolving the detail available. Want 20 by 30 inch prints with no grain? For the right subject this film just makes sense. Detailed architecture or any subject with great texture. Probably not one for portraits unless of a characterful face long lived

Jamie (Bath, GB)
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Stunning contrast

I'm a bit of a fan of Adox films in general, but this one really blew me away.

OK, it's a low ISO film which is very contrasty. So you need to be very particular in how you meter. I shot it in my Olympus OM10 which only goes down to 25iso, but the lighting conditions meant I should have been metering at 12iso. So that meant every shot had to be manual - not a big issue, but if you don't like shooting manual then keep that in mind. Because you will want to take a couple of readings of your subject.

But if you get all that right then it is a stunning film. Loads of lovely contrast but not harshly so. There are excellent gradients between the tones and bags of detail.

Now, if only they did it in 120.......!!!!!!

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