Fujifilm Neopan Acros Black-and-White Negative Film (ISO 100, 120 roll) provides high latitude for exposure. Very forgiving. And the most important thing, it’s decently priced.
I stumbled upon this film because it was the cheapest black-and-white 120 roll I could find. I wanted to learn how to develop my own negatives, and so I knew I was going to botch a few rolls before I got it right.
The film is rated at ISO 100, which in my opinion is relatively slow. Most films with low ISO rating will generally respond less compared to faster ones. This is why the correct amount of exposure is more critical when shooting at low ISO. Yet with this film, you probably will not need to compensate the EV. Even if you did, the film has high latitude that shooting over-exposed or under-exposed will still likely yield acceptable results. [You’re supposed to be a Lomographer, right? So what’s your problem?]
In a couple of outdoor scenes, I inadvertently over-exposed the shots yet I was still able to get decent images. In more severe cases, by slightly burning the film during processing, I was able to fix the blown-up areas.
Fujifilm’s website boasts that “Neopan 100 Acros is a medium speed, ultra-high-image quality black-and-white negative film and features the world’s highest standard in grain quality among ISO 100 films.” I find ISO 100 a bit slow for spontaneous shoots. But even at 1/15 sec. and without the use of flash, I was able to capture some relatively sharp images that were candid.
This film gives the competition a run for its money. At a modest retail price (less than $3 for 120 roll), I may just stock up before Fujifilm finds out how good it is.