A wonderfully soft emulsion now available in medium format: delivering low contrast in all your images, this 120 film will help you create beautiful portraits in gorgeous lighting.
It is also commonly used in technical photography to reproduce images without imposing harsh contrast constraints. A gentle final look.
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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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Interesting, but not perfect. Just scanned some negs again and now I see clear difference compared with HP5 or something similar. I would say this film is rated a bit too high - the real ISO should be about 200, works good with Rodinal, but can achieve better resolution with other developers (but never tried that, yet). Overall - I still recommend this film.
I finally shot my last roll of Retropan for some woodland photography near my home. I'm not sure if this will ever be sold again, so I just wanted to put one last photo here to remind folks what Retropan was good at. Contrast. Spring has definitely arrived here in the north west of England and that means a lot of the footpaths in the local woodland are enclosed by the greenery above. This is where Retropan thrived, the ability to shoot slow speeds at small f stops in my Agfa Isolette 1 brought out the contrast as I made my way through the woods. Dark shadows mixed with the light filtering through the leaves to produce images I am rather pleased with. I could have sat on this film for years, keeping it frozen, but it deserved to be used and remembered for the fine film it truly was. If Foma were ever to bring out a new version of Retropan, I will be buying it.
Shot two rolls of retropan under studio conditions to obtain a retro film look.
Exposure was measured on a Sekonic and tested with a digital camera set to the same iso. The film camera was a C220 with both 80mm and 180mm lenses.
I had the films processed and scanned by a lab in B'ham..one I used with good results for years.
The results were awful. Thin negs (complete with drying marks and dust..irrelevant I know!) and the scans revealed little or no shadow or highlights rendition. Grain was more like what you would expect from pushed Kodak 3200.
So, in truth, I don't know. I suspect the response from most labs that it can be processed in standard jollop (id11/d76) is a myth and can only conclude it needs very careful processing in a dedicated developer to achieve its best.
The digital files (d700) were spot on at 320 iso, full of detail and full dr...(I've been shooting in studios for 36 years!)
you cannot get better for your buck! so cheap, but such great results - many rich, creamy mids. unusual, but very versatile speed.
Similar to Bergger Pancro this gives a more muted image - no punchy blacks. I did love my results from it but I would say it wouldn't be my every day film stock of choice. I certainly recommend that you try it though!