Svema Foto 200 is a fantastic B&W film from Eastern Europe. Wonderful balance of detail and grain, extended sensitivity near the infrared range for an unique B&W rendering, and is backed on a plastic that dries very flat post-developing (good news for people who scan at home!)
Svema was the number one film manufacturer in the USSR. After the USSR broke up, competitive pressures increased and Svema's market share was quickly eroded. The consumer brand didn't survive the 00's but the same factories and machinery continue to produce fresh emulsion in bulk which is hand-rolled into 35mm canisters by the FPP!
FPP is short-hand for the Film Photography Project: a US-based collection of projects headed up by the charismatic Mike Raso. They are most famous within the global film community for their podcast (entering it's 10th year in existence) as well as the associated School Camera Donation Program whereby donations are sought and sorted to bring analogue photography back into high schools and colleges all over the country. Not only that but Mike also runs the FPP store which sells a multitude of analogue film products all over the US and hand-rolls a fantastic selection of unique films. We are honoured to bring some of those films to the European market and hope you enjoy shooting them as much as Mike has making them!
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This was my first experience with a Soviet / Russian film, previously having used various Ilford films when shooting b/w, and I was not disappointed. There's a definite harshness that comes across - especially when compared to the greater span of greys in Ilford films - this, for me at least, gives a real evocation. Some of my photos came out slightly under-exposed when shot at 200 but this could well be my lack of experience coming though (I've only been shooting film for a little over year). The only (very) minor gripe I have is the film doesn't come in a carboard box so I had nothing to slip into the slot on my camera. Regardless of this, I will definitely shoot this and other Russian style films again!
Truly a pretty film stock. Provides everything that Ilford films do, and them some. Old russian film was used by my family. In fact, it was the only thing they had. So it was interesting for me to shoot it.
I received this film less than 3 months ago and it is still in my fridge waiting to be used. However, Paul and Mary keep asking me for reviews, so here is a review. The film was delivered quickly and efficiently in a very nice AW box. The packaging is nice and yet reminiscent of a Soviet film. Given the current political situation I am not enthusiastic to use it. Nevertheless, I hope to use it one day and then I shall be able to review the film itself.