Washi R is a truly unique film. It is a black and white reversal emulsion on paper backing!
This means that it returns a strip of paper with positive images 'printed' on it, as seen in this video:
(Photos on the strip were taken by Amandine Besacier)
This film can be used for all kind of subjects, especially for artistic or decorative projects where the film can really be seen as an object in itself.
Being coated on a thick paper it is not possible to use it in automatic camera. Please be advised that it is an experimental product and it is recommended to use it with fragile or sensitive camera. Manual or semi-automatic reflex bodies are the best options to use this film.
"R" has a narrow exposure latitude and must be precisely exposed at 100 ISO.
This film can be loaded in classic processing reels and must be processed manually with specific chemistry for black & white slide, such like reversal kits by FOMA, ROLLEI or BELLINI. The paper base of the film being much thicker, the re-exposure time will be increase by 50 %. It is possible to use the same processing time as FOMA PAN R.
The technical sheet is available here
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy Washi R Film today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
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First of all, Washi are not joking when they say this film is not going to be usable in an automatic camera, it barely advances through my Yashica FX3 due to the resistance from the thickness. In Addition this film has a very high contrast and ideally on a cloudy day I feel a rating of ISO 64 would give you better results than ISO 100, and on sunny days ISO 160 or a red filter might keep the highlights under control. That being said, all the pain and challenges of Washi R are worth it for having prints right out of camera. I wish they made it in 120 though. It's a 5 star end result but the struggles shooting it and the feeling that I might break my camera shooting it makes it a hard thing to recommend. It's really a question of how much do you want the look of old school photobooths and if the challenges mentioned above are worth it.