CatLABS X FILM 320 is a classic, medium-speed 120 film, designed for a wide array of shooting conditions and is also available in 35mm (36exp) format
Be one of the first to try it, as it launches in October 2022!
Created by our friends over at CatLABS of JP, who said "This is our own formulation [of B&W film]. Though it is based on some historic data, the ultimate end result is quite far from it due to modern manufacturing and material requirements."
Key features of CatLABS X Film 320:• It is an ideal “street film”, offering versatility and unique characteristics
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This is an amazing 35mm film , I tend to work in black & white a lot. Much as I'm an ilford lass. Catlabs X 320 pulled it out the bag for me. This was taken on my Olympus trip 35 & early morning of 8:00 when we had snow. So I got the natural light. I'm going to by some more of this. Catlabs ye have won my film photography heart
Found film very fine grain, very sharp images and good exposure latitudes. Wouldn’t reccomend for a beginner. Took a couple attempts at correct dev times so would maybe suggest sending to a lab if using for the first time.
High contrast film. I tested the film in studio, and I like it very much. I shot the film with my Pentax 645n@75mm/2,8 at ISO 200 and developed in HC-110 1-49 dilution for 11min. I like this film for portraiture.
I picked up three 120 rolls of this new film while I was on a recent trip to the USA. CatLabs say it's an entirely new film, not available elsewhere in any other form - ie not a repurposed aerial film or surveillance film. It's something they've contracted a manufacturer to brew up exclusively for CatLabs.
Despite the 320 name, they recommend it's shot at 200ISO which is what I did. Though I was using an 85 year old camera and guessing exposure without being wholly accurate. What I got was quite contrasty images, which are pleasant when the subject matter is suitable. I was shooting in quite bright conditions most of the time and I got several photos including family portraits that I was really happy with.
Still need to experiment with this film but it does appear to be different to anything else, has it's quirks and isn't the cheapest. But the high contrast photos it gives definitely work out well for subjects like the pickup truck in my sample images, and for portraits of Caucasian people.
Image taken with a 1937 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 521/15 folding camera, processed in Microphen stock strength. Would be interesting to see what a more modern camera can do with this.
Really like the images I got with this film. The resolution is good, and it’s true what they say about the metallic sheen. It’s perhaps not going to work for everything, but I took some landscape shots in good light and they came out contrasty and detailed with nice tonal range and beautiful bright ‘shiny’ highlights.