Foma Fomapan 400: A Classic Film

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The Fomapan 400 is a black and white film from the Czech Republic. It is produced by the company Foma and is a classic film. Read my review of this film after the jump.

Here is my little report on the Foma Fomapan 400. Foma is one of the oldest companies that still produces films. The Czech company has been producing photographic materials since 1921. Foma does not offer a wide range of products like Kodak and Fuji, but that does not matter.

One of the products that they offer is the monochrome Fomapan 400. It is a panchromatic black and white film that is available in 35mm and medium format. In the US, it is sold under the name Arista EDU Ultra.

There is a very deep black and nice contrast that you can get with the Czech film. This film suits people who like grain, but this is certainly not for people who like grain-free images. Because of the high light sensitivity (ISO 400), you don’t have to worry about camera shake. Indoor shots are possible, and it gives an end to blurry images. To get a classic black and white look, I threw the film in Rodinal. This black and white developer harmonizes well with the European black and white film.

After development, the Fomapan has a good flatness and does not roll back up. Sometimes the backing of the film leaves a blue tint but that can be removed when scanning.

View the gallery below to see more pictures that I took with the Nikon EM.

written by m23 on 2012-05-15 in #reviews

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