If I did not have shot the Ferrania P30 before, I would’ve called the Pan F decent – but it can’t hold a candle to the P30. Not bad, but it lacks definition, details and micro-contrast. I hope that FILM Ferrania is staying and can provide us with the P30 in the future (I don’t care if they would not succeed in producing the color slide film they promised in the Kickstarter campain, as long as they deliver this gorgeous black-and-white film).
Shy and I have been into film big time lately. Actually I’ve been for a while now but Shy is starting to warm up to this new (old) stuff too. There are various Photoshop/Lightroom filters for digital images that attempt to emulate the look of film. I’ve done enough of this now though to conclude it’s very difficult to digitally simulate the look of certain films. Ilford Pan F Plus 50 is one of those films. My goodness is this stuff smooth. The 50 is the ISO speed of the film. That’s one whole light stop slower than the lowest ISO capability of most good DSLRs which usually bottom out at 100. We spent the day at the Huntington Library near Pasadena yesterday. This place is a photographers wet dream. It’s basically a huge botanical garden and museum combination. So much to see. Shooting a really slow speed film is a challenge. I actually set the camera’s ASA (ISO) setting to 40 to help lift the shadows so it was shot even slower than box speed. The challenge is you are constantly bouncing against the limits of your lens. It needs so much light for a proper exposure you are constantly struggling with aperture and shutter speed to get sharp images without a tripod. Tripods aren’t allowed at this place. The challenge paid off for us though yesterday. We shot 3 rolls of film between us. 2 rolls of Pan F 50 and I did one roll of Fujichrome Velvia 50 which is a color reversal slide film. We’ll post more of these in the future on our personal blogs. We’ve been developing our own film too which is actually very fun once you get the hang of the process. Don’t expect to get it right the first time. We certainly didn’t. We’re doing pretty good now though and our results have been pretty consistent. The image above was one of many developed in our kitchen with various chemicals you can easily purchase online. We used our Epson V550 Photo scanner to scan the developed negatives. The only digital edit to the image above is the addition of the watermark.
Image captured with a Canon AE1-Program using a Toyo Optics 28mm f/2.8 wide angle/macro lens and an orange contrast filter. This is a very cool little lens with an extremely small minimum focal distance. So much so that I had to be careful not to push my forehead into some of those spines above!