Adox Scala Film 35mm B&W ISO 160
A 35mm film that has been optimised for reversal processing (i.e. generating positive black and white slides rather than negatives) - it has high silver content which generates very fine grain in the final images
Also available in ISO 50 here.
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Adox is one of the oldest photographic brands in the world, established in Germany in 1860 by Dr. Carl Schleussner - who worked on early wet-collodion plates and X-ray plates. The company started marketing their own cameras in the early 20th Century, and introduced a line of B&W films in 1952 that became renowned for their sharpness of resolution. A difficult end to the last century saw the brand change hands multiple times - and now Adox films are produced by Fotoimpex across manufacturing plants in Germany and Switzerland. Their products remain very high quality with a focus on emulsions that resolve incredible levels of detail and contrast.
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Being designed as a positive, Adox Scala seems to require greater exposure accuracy than traditional B&W negative film. However, when you get it right, and you get used to the processing, the tonality is stunning. The blacks are very rich, and the results are rich in contrast. In addition, sharpness and detail is remarkable. The samples below were developed using the Wehner process, which at 10 baths and 20 steps is quite a bit of effort, but the results are very much worth it! More conventional reversal techniques yield beautiful images as well.
I've had my first roll of Scala processed by Duncan at Silverpan. Duncan has recently changed his process and now the slides have a good, neutral base tone.
I have used colour slide film for years and I usually underexpose by 1/3 stop. I did the same with the Scala and found it tended to under expose. Using my equipment I'll rate this at 125 ISO.
As to the results please look at the examples I've posted.
Remember that the photo you take will be the finished slide so think about the subject. I suggest that you have plenty of texture and tones in the subject and reasonable contrast. Also remember it's a B&W material so for landscapes it's sensible to have a yellow/green or orange filter on the lens.
I've scanned the slides and the adjustments I've made are to change the mode to Grayscale in Photoshop as scanning tends to introduce a sepia tint that isn't on the projected slide, I've then increased the exposure to get over my mistaken under-exposure and just tweaked the tone curve to give a slight S shape.
This is a fascinating film to use and Silverpan process it well.
Scala is, frankly, the most amazing B/W portrait film ever made. The dynamic range is amazing -- you can't get this kind of a result with anything else.
This is the first time in more than 20 years that I've been able to shoot a roll. Thanks to Adox for bringing back an absolute classic, and for Analogue WonderLand for stocking it!
Black and white reversal film is hard to process, developing companies charge more for it, and home development takes more time. But every B&W slide film I short provides me with irreplaceable slides, that seriously go three-dimensional when you project them on a wall. Adox Scala is one of two currently available fresh stock films that let you get these seriously underappreciated slides. The reason Adox does them is that Agfa no longer produces Scala, and Adox resuscitated it. Not a lot of film stocks get resuscitated. This one is totally worth it. Take into account that you'll need to send it to a competent developer, and do try it.