Sunday, 6 March 2011

New releases for film

Mamiya 645 AF with 80mm f/2.8 on Ilford XP2 film
Film is going through a hard process of adapting to a digital environment. About two year ago the digital fever finally broke down and people starting looking for film cameras again. Nevertheless, a lot of film stock was discontinued ever since: Kodachrome, the 35mm versions of the Fuji professional print emulsions (Reala, 160C/S, Pro 400H). But Kodak did some efforts on introducing some film:

2008, Kodak Ektar 100 (a nature/wildlife film to replace chrome, which is getting harder to get it developed);
2010, Kodak Portra 400 (improved and merges the NC/VC older versions of this emulsion);
2011, Kodak Portra 160 (improved and merges the NC/VC older versions of this emulsion).

There's also a lot of film being done nowadays. Do you know Adox CMS 20? It has been around for some timeFor landscape B&W 35mm film photographers this can be a great improvement. Although being able to provide us with the largest lpm (lines per millimeter) rate, 35mm film is not a common tool for nature and landscape. Photographers prefer medium and large format because the size of the film is greater producing higher quality images. But this Adox CMS 20 can provide us with an insane resolution: Ilford Delta 100 film produces 150 l/mm; while Adox provides us with 800 l/mm. It is reported to enable 2.5meters diagonal size enlargement.  This might make you think about the advantages of film photography.

If you like film, shoot it. Support your local lab and spread the benefits of using film :)

1 comment:

  1. love this one! This simple picture brings so many thoughts and feelings!