Fukkatsu: 110 Film Reborn!


Not that very long ago, almost at the same time as Lomography, a small company called Films Reborn developed a new colour negative film: Fukkatsu 110, with a film speed of 400 ISO. As the proud owner of a Pentax Auto 110, I became very excited, because Lomography Color Tiger 110 was completely sold out. The name of this film is no accident - Fukkatsu is Japanese for 'reborn'.

I was ecstatic when, after days of reading reviews on many different websites, I finally came across a new film that wasn’t sold out and wasn’t being sold for way too much. I often change brands, since I have half a refrigerator full of film. It is quite limited with this format, but old films will do just as well. I used to be a big fan of Ferrania Solaris 200, but 200 ISO is way too slow for shooting indoors and on dark days. My new Fukkatsu 110 film, with it’s speed of 400 ISO, was ideal for these circumstances, because I hadn’t tried this film up until then.

It looks very neat and basic, you could almost say cheap. Even the arrows were clear, because with most films it seems like everybody has got bad eyes. And very important as well: backing paper. I missed this with the first batch of Lomography 110 film (but still it was a good tip to use a mechanical counter).

My Pentax Auto 110 had a little defect with the shutter, which made it lose one frame. This is not a disaster at all with 110 film, because you’ll only miss one frame when you take out the cassette in a lit room. Which in itself wouldn’t matter, because nearly every Lomographer has a freezer full of film, right?

I expected few very overexposed pictures. Besides the fact that my Pentax Auto 110 lets in way more light than my Lomography Fisheye Baby 110, it was also very bright outside with no clouds. But what I got back were very blurred pictures, some even missed a piece, like the film didn’t wind correctly. The pictures were very dark;

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On a cassette with 24 exposures, only a handful came out right, but even those were verging on the edge of failure. I like them, but they also contain accidents;

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I don’t really know what to think of Fukkatsu. Is the film’s quality really this bad? Was I drunk when I took those pictures? Did my camera not want to cooperate because of it’s winter depression? I still have eight (!) more of these cassettes… But hey, one roll of film doesn’t make a summer. This doesn’t mean I’m taken aback by this cassette, because failed films are part of the deal that comes with analogue photography.

written by 4br0k3n3rr0r on 2013-03-01 in #reviews #fukkatsu #iso #400 #110 #film #reborn
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  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I have some of the Fukkatsu B&W, but haven't used any yet. I love the Orca, but having to keep track of how many shots is kind of a pain - that's why i got the Fukkatsu. I love the Color Tiger, but wish there was a 400 ISO version.
    Looking at your photos, I think it may be as much the camera (or you) as the film, but I'm not 100% sure. Let us know how the next one turns out.

  2. cherub38
    cherub38 ·

    Yep 400 ISO should be the need ... B&W and Color ...

  3. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    I actually just received a roll of this film today as a gift!!!! I was eager to try it, but shot color tiger today because it was fairly sunny; didn't want to overexpose. . . I'll definitely calculate my exposures when shooting this film! I'll share my results with you as soon as I do!!! =D

  4. 4br0k3n3rr0r
    4br0k3n3rr0r ·

    Thank you for translating! Well, I will publish some new results soon. Less blurry results, my camera was acting weird. I'll post it when I get my scanner back :-)

  5. sk202399
    sk202399 ·

    I have had generally good results with this film. I used both black and white and color (400) at an outdoor concert at night about a year and a half ago (also used a Pentax Auto 110) and got better results than I did with my parent's point and shoot digital. I've had a hard time finding this film lately but hope to be able to buy some soon.

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