Struck with portrait fever and looking for a film to love, I stumbled across Efke KB 50. With its high silver content, this pretty little low-speed throws down gorgeous, grain-free grayscales and a wicked exposure latitude.
For black and white portraits, I usually run into the arms of Ilford Delta 100. But the guy at the local camera store swore by the Efke, so I decided to give it a shot. I pointed my camera at my roommate, snapped a few shots, and developed them the next day.
To be honest, the low speed made me a little nervous, and considering the often cloudy weather of where I live, I wasn’t expecting much from my shots. Boy, was I wrong! There was not a single photo on the roll that didn’t turn out, and more than half turned out gorgeous—like, I would print this and hang it in my house gorgeous.
The grayscales give it a highly dimensional softness that just isn’t possible with higher speed, lower silver content film. The low grain allows for awesome, clear enlargements and can give your photos a very vintage feel. I would definitely buy this film again.