Washi S Film 120 B&W ISO 50 - Sound Recording Film
Our Price: £8.50 GBP100049
Perfect for an exploration of the senses, the Washi S film is an emulsion designed for sound recording - the unique requirements of its source mean this 35mm film has ultrahigh definition, strong contrast and very fine grain.
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I've been meaning to shoot this film for a while but I'm always a little skeptical about unusual film stocks. They don't come much more unusual than sound recording film. I'd heard about its very fine grain structure and high contrast but was wondering what would best suit the look of this emulsion. I needn't have worried, it's beautiful for architecture or landscape which is what I was interested in.
I shot it at box speed in my Hasselblad 500c/m on a bright, sunny day. On reflection, I should have slightly underexposed it or used a polariser, as I found the highlights became easily blown out with the highly reflective stonework on the abbey in some of my shots. When it comes together though, it pops but I would say it's not for the faint-hearted or beginner.
I had mine processed at a lab rather than doing it myself and, as suggested in the other reviews, the film curls a lot. After wrestling with it for some preliminary scans, I sandwiched them between some heavy books for a couple of days, which made it much better. Definitely recommend this film if you're looking for something different for architecture or landscape.
The contrast here is insane, while not my typical style of photography I really enjoyed shooting this film. Grain is nonexistant, even relatively 'flat' scenes are rendered stoic and stark. Read some reviews before shooting this to make sure you get the best from it - mainly, it's easier to work with in subdued flat light, and will probably require the use of a tripod at smaller apertures.
Ilford Ilfotec DD-X at 1:4, for 8 minutes at 20°C
Tricky to scan as the film curls badly. Extremely difficult to focus on the miniscule grain when DSLR scanning.
So the blurb says it doesn't like the sun much and it's ISO 50. That's never a good start, and my experiments with this on 35mm have been pretty miserable, but I recently picked up a couple of rolls of 120 and I much prefer it in the larger format.
[Pentax 645n at ISO 50, Rodinal 1+25]
It's a contrasty film, of that there's no doubt, but it's not a big fan of low contrast scenes. Skies lose any definition very quickly and only a moody dark sky will show through. Flat scenes still look flat, so it's worth concentrating on the shadows in your image because they will be inky black if you're not careful (unless that's what you want)
Shot this today in pretty miserable light and was very pleased with the results. I can see this being a great Urbex film and wonder if it woudld be good at picking out things like graffiti.
It's very curly and annoying to scan, but the grain is very fine. I can't really comment on sharpness because I was hand-held today often at 1/15 or 1/30 wide open (f4) and so it's difficult to know if the issue was shake, mis-focus, or lens-not-sharp-wide-open issues. As mentioned in the other review, I may well take this out for a spin with some studio lights and see what it's like when I can shoot it at f11 & 1/125.
Will definitely keep a couple of rolls on standby. 8/10
The film is resilient and able to work well even in cloudy weather. The film has an exceptionally fine grain and lots of contrast and allows very detailed photographs.
Washi S is a 50 iso film normally used for sound recording. As such, it's made to record a black sound wave on a completely transparent film, no grain and lots of contrast. Washi suggests the best use for the film is for street photography, and they may be right, but I had lots of fun with portraits and close-ups of things enveloped by complete darkness.
It's a partially orthochromatic film, and particularly, it's not sensitive to deep reds, as I sort of suggested in the title, so it's relatively easy to make the lips stand out from the skin when doing portraits.
I developped it in Ilford LC29 1+19, and found that it tends to curl quite a bit. At the same time, the film is so transparent that it's really easy to post-process once it's been scanned. I'm looking forward to printing it in the future.
All in all, it's a great film to try new things with, and to look out for scenes where a lot of contrast is called for. I shot the 120 version on a Rolleicord iii, have yet to try it in 135.