Tasma NK 100 - a unique emulsion exclusive to the FPP brand and now available for UK shooters!
You've heard of "Cult Cameras"...and now here is the cult BW film - Fresh-Dated, DX-Coded and ready to shoot!!
Keep your film Light Tight! This film stock is subject to "light piping" when exposed to room light. Please load in dim light and store in a dark camera bag before and after shooting. If storing your film in fridge, freezer or home shelf, store in a light tight bag as well.
"Tasma" started in 1933 as a Factory Film Number 8. "Tasma" (in deciphering the "Tatar Sensitive Materials") was the name the company received in 1974.
FPP's Mark O'Brien writes: "Tasma film originates from Russia, and is described as a b&w motion picture film.
The Russian site says that the factory dates from 1933, so Tasma has a long history. The film is on a PET base, not acetate, and consequently is extremely tough and will not tear like an acetate-based film. It's also thinner than typical 35mm films"
Sample photos (c) Paul-Henri
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I adore this film - I love a heavy contrast in black and white and this absolutely delivers on that. I didn't have too much issue shooting ISO 100 either and it seems to have a decent exposure latitude. I couldn't recommend it for beginners however; the description really is honest about the light piping. I didn't experience it noticeably on any of my shots, I *did* see it on the edges of some of the negatives after development shown below. That's despite keeping the film in dark locations as much as possible and loading in a changing bag, so I would say doing that is a must if you're going to use this film. It's one that requires planning and preparation rather than just popping a reel in quick and getting on with it.
Really cool and unusual film, there was a fair bit of messaging about being careful around light piping (alas, I think I ended up getting some), but I'm really happy with how it turned out! Grain had a nice characteristic, even on half frame, and it overwhelmingly had a punchy contrast if that's your sort of thing!
I bought this earlier in the year to use as for particular projects that would be coming up with historical reenactment. I eventually used it last month on a shoot at a mining museum and I thought it performed brilliantly and gave the kind of results I was looking for.
It was a little more contrasty than I first envisioned but overall I’ve loved the results and would definitely use again for similar situations
Enjoyed trying something new here. Punchy contrast makes for some great shots. Makes you seek out those high contrast scenes where you can crush the shadows for that ominous effect.
Really enjoyed using this one. It was another roll that I wasn't sure I was going to like after getting it in the wonder box. I developed mine in Cinestill DF96 & it came out really nice if a little grainy. The deep blacks are so so nice & the sharpness & contrast is on point. One of my fav black and whites I've tried this year.