Tag: ISO400

JCH Street Pan 400

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An alternative for Black and White Film Shooters?

I am always so excited whenever there is new film launched in the market, so I picked few rolls of JCH Street Pan 400 out of curiosity. I pre-assumed that this film is just a normal black and white film with high contrast and little details. But after the film was developed by lab. I was happy with the result and decided to try few rolls more. I spoke to the lab about it and they said the film base is similar to Rollei/AGFA, very thin and top and bottom unexposed areas are transparent after developed.

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Name:
 JCH Street Pan 400

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with fine grain structure

 


The Reborn of a Surveillance film

JCH Street Pan 400 is not having a newly invented emulsion, it is an old discontinued surveillance film that was made by AGFA. In 2016, Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter decided to bring this film back to life. JCH website mentioned that It has high sensitivity to red lights, and it is optimal for different weather conditions and under low light environments.

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Contrast and Greyscale 

The contrast of JCH Street Pan is fairly high at box speed. But it helps to bring out the mood with such contrast level keeping a great tonality. It has rich greyscale, but not as broad as Kodak Tri-X and the tone is great for street photography which performs really well under different weather conditions. So you don’t have to worry about getting a grey and flat result on a cloudy day as other black and white film needs more sunlight and push the film to get the same tonality.

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Compare JCH Pan 400 with Kodak Tri-x, ilford HP5 (Grain, Contrast, Mood)

I would describe JCH Pan 400 is a film between Tri-x and ilford HP5, a mixture of both. JCH Street Pan 400 is characterised by its fine grain structure. It is not as grainy as Tri-X or HP5 and the grain structure is similar to HP5. It can easily render the mood that I want at box speed. However, to get the same mood with HP5 or Tri-X you have to push the film to ISO800 or even 1600.     

Development times:

R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 25 10:30
R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 50 22:00
R09 Spezial / Studional 1 + 15 8:30
R09 Spezial / Studionial 1 + 31 17:00
Rollei Supergrain 1 + 12 7:00
Rollei RLS (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 4 14:30 (24°)
Ilford Ilfosol 3 1 + 3 5:00
Illord ID-11 / Kodak D-76 1 +1 10:50
Ilford Perceptol 1 + 1 10:00
Kodak HC-110 B (1+31) 5:00
Kodak X-Tol 1 + 1 17:00
Tanol (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 1 + 100 19:30
T-max Dev 1+4 at 20c 9:00

Source from JCH Website

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What cameras/gears did I use to take the images?

Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV
GW690II

Where to buy?

Barton1972
JCH Offical website

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400

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Name: AgfaPhoto Vista Plus

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Sensitive to red colour, saturation is high

 

Brief Summary

ISO 400 is the perfect box speed to shoot under different conditions. Since my beloved Kodak Super Gold 400 has already been discontinued. I need to find a replacement for it. I tried Kodak Portra 400 but we didn’t really work out. I always have the impression that the Agfa Vista 400 is cheap with low quality reflected on its price tag. But I was totally wrong to have this impression to it. Why? Let me explain with the follow points.

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Sharp colour and fair sharpness

“RED” is the first impression of Agfa Vista, at the same time it is the signature. It has great skin tone reproduction which I am quite surprised. I love how it can enhance my presentation on street snaps. When I do photo walk in Hong Kong, I always wanted to bring up colour as one of the key matter in my content. Agfa Vista 400 helps me a lot with bringing up the sharp colour rendering. Also, it is great to use under different weather as other film cannot really bring up the right mood when the weather is bad. And normally I will just shoot with black and white film immediately when I knew it is going to rain on that day. Frankly speaking, I like it more than X-tra 400 or Superia Premium 400 because it doesn’t has the Fuji green tint. I like it presented in warmer tone like the Kodak film and it is cheap in price. Sharpness is fair, not so sharp compare with Kodak Portra 400 but you couldn’t ask for more with such price.

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Grain

Even though they stated it has fine-grain structure on their website. But I think their grain formation is a bit coarse. When you compare other film with ISO400. Agfa’s grain is less appealing. I find Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 are much better in grain structure with more consistent and smooth grain particles.

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Why do I prefer Agfa Vista 400 than Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400?

Based on my experience of using these films. The main reason I love Agfa is that it has wide exposure latitude that makes me achieving consistent result under different lighting environment. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, it maintains great grey balance. However, for Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400, when you use it on cloudy day and lack of sunlight, the mood will be more depressed. So I would describe Agfa Vista as a happy film, it absorbs colour and present it in high saturation. On the other hand, the thing that I like Agfa Vista more than Kodak Portra 400 is that I can get better tone in various environment, such as landscape, portrait even though the grain is not as fine as Portra 400. But all these characteristics shape the Agfa Vista 400 to be an all -rounded film.

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Kentmere 400

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Ilford B&W negative alternative?

Ilford film is pricy but with high quality. If you are looking for low-budgeted film that allows you to shoot more extensively, Kentmere is the best option for you to take some nice black and white photos. It is cheap, reliable and has the “Classical” grey tone. This film only available in 135 format. It would be great if it has medium format too.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Broad tonal range, fine grain and good sharpness

Broad tonal range with good contrast

I would say the Kentmere 400 is with great price and quality. I discovered this film from Free Style Photographic Supplies back in 2010 (mainly because of the cheap price offered). After trying several of it I was quickly attracted by its tone, a classic mood with nice texture produced in the images, the tone gradation has so many layers. I have been shooting the film under daylight, indoor or even with studio flash, under different situation the film produced stable and unique character, especially the silver glittering highlight and it gives you a general nice grey tone. Overall, the white tone stands out more than other black and white film. Here is some images review below.

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Fine grain and good sharpness

It is a relatively grainy B&W film. Even I developed it with Ilford DDX developer (Great pair with fast film). However, the grain makes the film quite special because it enhanced the micro-contrast and the grain is not heavily done. I would describe Ilford HP5 grain is “Heavy” and this Kentmere film grain is “Soft and light”. If you are looking for fine grain black and white film, I would suggest you to use Ilford Delta series. It has high sharpness and portrait every detail in the film.

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Pushing the film

This film is not that flexible to push compare with Ilford Delta, HP5 or Kodak Double-X. It will lose details and textures in the highlight easily and also the darker shadow will become rich dark black. I have tried to use it at ISO800 or up to ISO1600.

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What lenses did I use?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 v3

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Ilford Delta Professional 400

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Ilford Delta 400

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Name: Ilford Delta Professional

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Fine grain, high sharpness with medium contrast

Difference between Delta 400 and HP5+

Ilford Delta 400 is a high-speed black and white film which has a modern emulsion (tabular-grain film) that can result with finer grain but with less latitude. I would say its tone belongs to the modern days while Ilford HP5+ belongs to the past with more grain and tonal range. Delta 400 gives you a much cooler tone and produce “cleaner” images especially using it for portrait.

Greyscale and sharpness 

Delta 400 offers superior depth in greyscale. It has more even tonal range which gives you a modern feeling and absolute predictability on the image result. While HP5 plus is more classic and artistic and producing images in charcoal like drawings. Beside, it has great sharpness at ISO 400 or even up to ISO 1600. With such a great gradation on tone, it is one of the best high speed films for portrait photography.

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How is Delta different from other brands?

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Grain

With the use of core-shell crystal technology, it produced fine grain structure at ISO 400. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 is more modern because of its uniform grain structure. But why do some of us still prefer HP5+ instead of Delta 400 even its grain is so smooth? The reason might be the smoother grain lack of strong character and images are relatively flat. However, the coarser grain from HP5+ gives you better texture and a more unique character.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford Delta has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO800 or even at ISO3200, same as HP5+ and the result is excellent, except that HP5+ will be grainy but Delta Professional can keep its contrast consistently at different rate. I would recommend it to be processed using Ilford DDX developer to achieve the finest grain and improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Rolleiflex 2.8F

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Which black and white film should I start with?

For people who are new to photography, this is one of the most often asked questions. People are usually either impressed by the unique result produced from the black and white film or are attracted by the texture of the photo which cannot be replicated in digital format. In my opinion, shooting in black and white can help film shooters practice using different light sources and obtain more layers of gradients without worrying about the colours. As long as you like black and white photography, you can’t go wrong with this film.

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Name: Ilford HP5+

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with high grain structure

Overview

Ilford HP5+ is a classic black and white film with grainy texture. Among all other types of black and white film, I would describe HP5 and Kodak Tri-x as two extremes. It has relatively better contrast and higher grain structure while the later one gives lower contrast and is usually used by many famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Greyscale and sharpness 

HP5 has a rough character. It gives your image that journalistic feel yet with a vintage tone when you shoot it at ISO400, while the same line up of Delta 400 gives you a more pictorial result. I like to use HP5 in documentary type of photography and it gives me the timeliness feeling. I also do prefer it over the Kodak Tri-X mainly because Tri-X makes the picture looks too greyish when there isn’t much contrast.

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How is HP5 different from other brands?

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

Grain

With classic emulsion, it has high grain structure at ISO 400 and of course, it also depends on which developer you use. If you develop it with HC-110, the grain will be coarser. However, if you pair this with DDX, it will be silky smooth. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 looks less classic but with more fine grain structure. Then in that case, why do people still go for HP5 instead of Delta 400? It all depends on your taste and HP5 can easily be recognized by its unique characters.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford HP5 plus has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO1600 or even at ISO3200, and the result is excellent. I would recommend processing it with Ilford DDX developer in order to achieve the finest grain and to improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take these images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 radioactive

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v3

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Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

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Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

How did I discover this film?

Personally, I am interested to try all types of film and to see if their characters can fit with my style. I bought a pack of Superia Premium 400 in 2014 from Yodobashi camera in Tokyo after shooting a few rolls and I found that it is surprisingly good. I talked to several friends about it but they seem not knowing much about the character of it. So I would like to take this opportunity to share my own experience with it to all of you.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Sunlight Negative

Character: Vibrant colour, good dynamic range and high sharpness

 

 

 

Overview

This is the “everyday” film that I have been using in different trips and daily snapshots in Hong Kong. It is only available in Japan but for details you can check it out on Yodobashi website. The character of this film is quite different from the “signature” Fujifilm taste and that is the one of the reasons why I didn’t untick it from my film list.

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Colour and sharpness 

It is a daylight negative film from Fujifilm at ISO speed of 400. People often relate this film with Fujifilm Xtra 400 but the colour from this film is quite distinct from it. Superia Premium has rich and vibrant colour well balanced with red and green as key colour mixing with little bit of orange tint in the shadows while cyan and blue is not its main focus but still creating a cooler tone; unlike Kodak Ektar 100 which has blue as the main colour with Magenta tint.

Generally speaking, it is not highly saturated comparing with the Kodak Ektar 100 and easier to use in various conditions. In the meantime, the contrast and saturation of this film is slightly high and the sharpness is still performing very well.

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Why Superia Premium is my favourite film and how is it different from Xtra 400?

The only reason differentiating it from others is that, there is no typical greenish tint mixed with the yellowish feeling from Fuji films such as Xtra 400, which I dislike it so much when I do street or portrait and made my images look really unattractive, at the same time it is similar to Kodak’s warm tone (Kodak Super gold 400) but not overly done. Even under indoor environment, the images result is still great. So overall it is such a nice film for me to travel around with. Normally my habit is to bring 20 rolls of film for a 10 days journey, 3 of them are spare films in black and white for special occasions that I might be randomly got into some interesting places. Out of 20 rolls, there must be 5-6 rolls of Superia Premium inside my film holder.

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Grain

It has nice grain structure at ISO speed of 400 and relatively smooth comparing with other film at 400 ISO, such as Kodak Super gold 400 and Xtra 400 both of them has coarser noise. The only competitor will be Fujifilm Pro 400H with finer grain performance (Pro400H relatively expensive and the colour is not my cup of tea).

Is Superia Premium 400 a film that you should try?

This is my favourite film so far; source it from one of your local camera shop and give it a try. I would recommend you to match it with any of the Leica lenses and it will be great combination! Price wise, I think it is much cheaper than Fujifilm Pro400H but more expensive than the Xtra 400. If you ask me which film do you recommend me to bring and use in South East Asian countries? The answer for sure is Superia Premium 400. The tone, image rendering and mood are perfectly matched with Asian countries and you can feel the vibe of the city from the image easily.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 pre-asph infinity lock

Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 asph FLE 11663

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1 8 elements

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

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Kodak Super Gold 400 (Japan Ver.)

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Kodak Supergold 400 (Japan Version)

This is my first ever contribution of a film review post on this blog and I’d want to dedicate this special piece to a very unique analog film which unfortunately had been discounted by Kotack last November.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Warm tone, good dynamic range and gives off natural colour

 

I am sure every photographer is set on a journey to search for the “right film” to shoot at different occasions, and to no surprise, I have been doing so for my street photography work in the past 7 years. During my holiday at Tokyo last year, I was finally able to visit Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, Japan, and got hold of a pack of Supergold 400 film .

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Tone and Sharpness

It inherited the classic warm tone from the Kodak series and compared with its existing line-up, I would say its tone is somewhere  between Kodak Portra 400 and Ektar 100. Portra 400 has really nice skin tone for portraits but the colours are too pale for landscape or documentary; for Ektar 100, the colours are so nice and eye-catching but the shadow part (darker areas) are prone to purple tints if you use it under a low light environment. Supergold 400 gives the right balance of colours, it also shows good details at dark areas and the overall mood is good for street shots in South East Asia. The only thing that I would pick on is its relatively high colour sharpness.

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Grain

I used this film during my trips to Sri Lanka and Cambodia, and both results have really surprised me. The tone was exactly what I had been looking for, and though the sharpness and grain were not as fine and sharp as the Kodak Ektar 100, the grain was still acceptable (not too grainy) and it had better resolution than Kodak Ultramax 400.

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Having tried a good variety of negative films in the market, I felt like I have finally found my “true love” for daily snapshots. However the sad news was, I soon found out that the film had been discontinued, leaving me totally devastated as I have to go through this search and testing journey all over again. Despite this slight emotional ride, I am still a true believer that any passionate photographer should aim at trying as many films as they could in order to really identify what is actually right for them. So for now, I tend to mostly go for Ektar 100, Fuji Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 as alternatives. (Simply because I thought this is one of the low graded film and ignored it).

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In case you are interested, I have indicated which lens I used in particular in the photo caption, and for those who wonder why I picked Supergold 400, the reason is simple: the vibrant colours that this film gives off are always a true reflection of the actual subject we shoot.

  1. Summilux 35mm f1.4 asph FLE 11663
  2. Summilux 35mm f1.4 pre-asph v2 infinity lock (made in canada)

 

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