A long-lost legend of a film makes it's triumphant return!
The B&W version of the mysterious Fukkatsu 110 film technically expired 12/2018 but thanks to cold-storage has retained its gorgeous black and white appeal. Don't wait to take your unique opportunity to shoot on a piece of analogue history!
For more information about the brand check out FPP's blog post here.
Sample images (c) Patrick J Clarke (his Flickr Photostream here)
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I recently inherited a Pentax Auto 110 from my Grandfather. Up to now I hadn't used 110 much at all but wanted to test the camera. This film was perfect for that. Priced decently in comparison to the Lomography offerings I gave it a whirl. The film is nice and gave me a pleasing grainy and very low fi look when subjected to my terrible development skills. I'd definitely use this again if I want a certain landscape look which doesn't rely on top image quality. Since the camera so small and the film good value it makes sense to carry it everywhere.
There's only two options for black & white 110 film at the moment, this and the Lomography Orca film, which might be reason enough to use it. The grain isn't quite as smooth and regular as Lomography Orca, it's got quite a different feel, so might suit some subjects better than others. One important consideration when using Fukkatsu B&W film is that, although nominally 100 ISO, it comes in a high-ISO tabbed cartridge. This doesn't matter with a simple 110 camera, but with cameras which sense the speed of the film (like the Pentax 110 Auto & other higher spec 110 cameras) I would recommend pushing the film in development to compensate for underexposure–or modifying the tab to make it longer - I've tried both, and pushing is better if home developing (sample image is pushed).
My Pentax 110 seemed to underexpose this film by about 2 stops overall, but having already developed some Fukkatsu Colour film, I was prepared to push the film to make up for some degree of underexposure. If I was to develop the film again, I'd likely push it three stops just in case. Others have not had this issue so I'm really quite sure the Pentax Auto 110 is at fault.
The film delivered high contrast yet pleasing results and was an absolute pleasure to shoot, as is any 110 film in a Pentax 110! (Go and get yourself one and grab several rolls of this film whilst you're at it!) As mentioned in my other Fukkatsu review, home developing 110 can be a pain but there are ways out there. I'd recommend buying a Prinz stainless steel 110 reel and a corresponding Prinz tank for the task from the U.S.
Would shoot again, for sure, it's just really really great fun to shoot, thank you FPP for bringing this to the table! 5/5
I put a roll through my Pentax Auto 110. The results were interesting. The film seems to have little latitude. The highlights burn out easily, but the results of this make for an interesting effect. The film also doesn't handle under exposure very well. There seems to be a lot of grain, but this might be down to the tiny format. This can be used to good effect.