Foma Action Film 35mm B&W ISO 400
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.
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Foma traces its origins back to Prague in 1919. They have remained in the Czech Rupublic ever since, working throughout the past century on different films, papers and chemicals for use by medical schools and the military - as well as ordinary photographers in Eastern Europe. Their black and white films are the result of decades of expertise - you will not be disappointed!
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Sample pic (c) Ryo FUKAsawa
Where we ship
When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Foma Action Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
This is a lovely B&W film that is very classic in look and differs from the other Foma emulsions in having an extended red sensitivity. Due to the latter it may not be every ones no1 choice for portraiture due to the way it renders skin tones but is very nice for architectural, landscape, abstract etc especially when used with say a deep red filter. I would tend to disagree that this is a film for beginners or just a cheap film. To get the best out of it I greatly recommended reading Foma's data sheet and understanding the speed of the film with your given developer and also looking at the contrast curves. I have no idea how it scans but it prints very nicely and depending on how you exposed and developed the film you can go from a very contrasty classic photo reportage look to something lower in contrast but still retains that "old" look.
It you want something modern, bit of an all rounder with a wide exposure latitude and that is easy to process.. This probs isn't for you, look at something like Delta or HP5
On the other hand if you want something a little different...
Though not the highest contrast and quite grainy for the price can’t be beat. Good in low light.
I used this film for a double-exposure shoot and couldn't have been happier with the results. Lovely soft grain, low contrast and a very forgiving exposure latitude. Perfect film for beginners or experienced shooters.
I've found Fomapan 400 to be a bit of an odd one.
I've loved using Foma 200 in the past but every time I used the 400 variation I didn't feel overly impressed with the results. I always felt the grain was a bit too apparent and slightly... 'clumsy' is the best way I can put it.
However, I've recently been revisiting some of the images I've made with it and I've re-evaluated it. Because I actually find the grain quite appealing. And the tonality really is very nice in places. I can see nice deep blacks and good highlights, with some nice midtones throughout. In fact, I'd now go to say that I like it as much as the 200.
After a year of not using it because I'd convinced myself that it wasn't that great... I think I've been missing out! Best get some more to have another go....
For a budget film Fomapan 400 is great with a classic grain structure it has a great film look. It doesn't resolve detail in the shadows as well as Ilford HP5, but is still has a good dynamic range. The biggest downside to all Fomapan films though is they are essentially fixed speed and can't be pushed or pulled (you can push slightly if you dilute the developer, but not with the range of Ilford or Kodak B&W films).