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Question for MF film users on here......

Anthonygh is online
27 November 2014 17:01
anthonyh
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Kent


I'm quite happy to experiment with some of the fringe makes of film....but they seem to have disappeared in 120 format!!

I have just put a roll of HP5 through the new Bronica and deved it and it is drying at the moment.....results look promising from a casual inspection.....maybe all the comments about the Bronica PS lenses being very underrated are true!!


Gordee is off-line
30 November 2014 19:02
Gordee
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Grampian
Aberdeen

I've used a lot of Foma film, from 35mm to 10 by 8. I have seem the fairly rare odd mark is likely to be a manufacturing problem. That said most of the problems are my own making, so it's hard to be too critical. Rollie films are a bit cheaper; their 400iso in 120 is just is £3.19 form Firstcall- photographic.


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30 November 2014 19:28
magpie1
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I used FOMA film when I shot medium, and large format cameras ( a while ago now) it was, ok, a little bit grainier ISO for ISO than 'premium' stuff like Ilford. I think it had a touch of the older film technology in being a physically thicker emulsion than Ilford or Kodak. I also found Foma emulsions were physically more delicate and 'fragile' than others, so care in processing needed to prevent risk of damage damage.


Gordee is off-line
01 December 2014 15:40
Gordee
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Grampian
Aberdeen

Quote from magpie1
 I also found Foma emulsions were physically more delicate and 'fragile' than others, so care in processing needed to prevent risk of damage damage.



I'd certainly go along with that.  I think you are right about Foma in general producing a product that uses older technology. 


Anthonygh is online
01 December 2014 19:26
anthonyh
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Kent


I have found some relatively reasonable film prices after some hunting...just wondering whether to get another twenty or so rolls now for the freezer or gamble prices will slide in the coming months. I have noticed a lot of MF kit coming onto the market so this might indicate a slowdown in demand.

I know the stuff keeps well (ish)...I'm using 2005 stuff from the freezer at the moment....the film has an overall fog and a bit more grain...but a bit of post processing sorts out the bulk of the problems quite easily.


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02 December 2014 03:17
RedChecker
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Stoke Mandeville

Quote from anthonyh
I have found some relatively reasonable film prices after some hunting



How much?

If you're only saving 50p or so per roll, is it not worth the extra for Kodak, Fuji or Ilford for the peace of mind that their consistency would give rather than taking chances on films whose quality may be hit or miss?

And prices will not drop.  If anything they'll increase as film production becomes an increasingly niche market (despite the resurgence film its massively reduced commercial use will push prices higher).
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Anthonygh is online
02 December 2014 05:17
anthonyh
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Kent


Can get FP4 below £4.00 a roll..maybe the same for TriX. As for prices...I read that the price of silver is a main factor in costs not production size. It is clearly profitable for companies to manufacture and it might be a niche market but if that niche is large enough to keep a couple of production lines going strong then there is no reason to close them down.

But thinking about it anyway...stocking more film that is.


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03 December 2014 06:42
alexkidd
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Hull

fomapan is variable but that's what i like about it, it's said to be end rolls of ilfords etc but that could be jibberish, if it's non critical work then give it a punt, if you're after quality i'm afraid you'll have to suck it up and buy from the big boys
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