Svema Mz3 is a very special film: ISO 3! This allows for incredibly long exposure times even in bright light, and with a bit of practice you will be capturing other-worldly images of everyday life. High detail, sharp at points of contrast but with soft highlights that can give the final photo a wonderful dreamy look.
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!
Sample shots (c) Larry Buechler
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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I have already Reviewed the Film, But this time I have sent a sample Photo, Took on a Nikon F601 @ ISO 3.
I purchased this film based off one key aspect of this film, the glow.
This film is very special in that it seems to have a glow not unlike you would see in infrared film but not to the same degree. The glow also really is exaggerated by bright highlights but can be somewhat tamed if needed.
A very high contrast film but with a surprising amount of dynamic range handled with care.
Given the ISO rating and lack of information regarding reciprocity I was not sure what to expect but it seems to not suffer too badly. I approached this by shooting standard exposures up 10s and anything over I added a stop.
The main issues I have with this film are as follows
Lack of development options - I ended up searching and cross referencing to try and find another film that had timings close to what was available and then again cross referencing that against other developers to get a rough idea of the development time for my choice of developer.
The images in this review are all developed using Rodinal 1:50 @ 21C for 8 Minutes.
The second biggest issue is trying to cut and scan the negatives. This film curls like you would not believe.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for something a little different. Its by no way an every day film and every shot will have to be thought about to get the best from this film.
I already have another roll that I will be using soon and is going to be one of those films that I will keep in stock for an occasion that suites it. I would not recommend this to beginners or anyone wanting an every day kind of film however. Given the low ISO rating I would not use this in pinhole cameras either.
I've used this film twice now. Once on purpose, the other time, not.
It's ISO 3, so can be pretty fine grained. Of course, the lower sensitivity also means that you need a lot light to get anything useful.
The first time I took it out, I had some ideas about getting some weird looking landscapes from it (I specifically took it out on a windy day to get some movement in the grass, unfortunately it ended up raining heavily).
The second time (this is on me) I took it out in error and rated at 320 (as that was what was printed on the black film tub I'd put it in - I load cameras in a dark bag). After i realised this was what had happened, I did push the film. Using Ilfosol 3 (not the best for pushing tbh) I developed it for 18 minutes. I did get something.
Do make sure you store this in something light tight though. I thought I had and still got light piping.
Anyway, it is interesting and any problems are of my making. It's expensive, so really for a treat, but it is very nice.
I ordered this film as it intrigued me and I wanted to experiment. My camera settings only go to ISO 12 so this is what I shot at. I decided to try it out on a post storm walk through the woods, mountains and past a waterfall and stick to outside, natural light.
When I ordered the film I forgot to consider what dev was best to use and realised I only had the standard Ilford. I decided to give it a go. I did a one to one mix and developed for 18 minutes to compensate for the under exposure.
The result, although not perfect was quite pleasing and I learned for next time. The pictures are dense in the shadows and thin in the highlights but as I love a contrasty image that suited me. I would definitely use the film again.