The new GP3 100 film from Shanghai is here in 120 for medium format delight!
Shanghai GP3 100 is a panchromatic B&W film made by Jiancheng Photography - a Chinese photography company with a long history in analogue.
The original GP3 emulsion was discontinued in 2016 but re-emerged in local markets in 2019 with an updated formula and new patented film base.
A fascinating phoenix story, and a film brand that looks very different from the European designs!
You can read more about the original launch over at EMULSIVE
Sample images (c) Jiancheng Film Fan Club shot on 35mm
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There once was a time the offering from Shanghai wouldn’t even be worth putting through a camera to test it. This has completely changed. This is an amazing film. Rate it at box speed, shoot it to your hearts content and the results are lovely. Particularly sings in the new developers brought to the market by Nik and Trick.
I've shot and developed around 10 of these on the 135mm format. it's very cheap but not really great. let me explain.. the blue coating requires several washed prior to developing. the film itself is very thin making a bit of a pain to develop and reel I'm the dar at home. it's produces relatively good contrast but the sharpness is not great. i would say paying a quid or two for better 100 film will go a long way
Thought I would try something new and I'm glad I did. the film has a lovely tone in the greys and is very sharp. good all round film and will definitely use it again
I've used two rolls of this in my RZ67 and it seems the printed start mark is incorrect, as the last frame is only partially on the film, luckily the last shot in both rolls was nothing of importance
However the film has great contrast and some good definition, I also believe it would do great for reversal processing but I'm yet to try it, I might with the final roll I bought
this was a surprise, i didnt expect this to be that good. its a lush film full of yummy tones and tight grain. top rate budget 120 film. going in my camera bag again.