Ferrania came out with new print and slide films and I am jumping up and down with joy. For this reason I just made a review about the old Ferrania Solaris Chrome. It’s said, that this new slide film has an emulsion which was derived from the 3M Scotch Chrome 100. For this film, I made a review already a few months back. But I think there is one last film, which falls into the same range and same emulsion. So to make the film trilogy complete I will introduce the Imation Slide 100.
There aren’t many film producers. And sometimes companies change their names, brands get bought by other companies, and things get strange and confused. But we as a crowd make noise by writing itsy-bitsy articles. So here’s a quick shortcut: Ferrania was an Italian manufacturer of film-related products, it was bought by the American company 3M, which continued to produce films under their sub-brand Imation. Bam – here you go. Maybe it has been the same all along, maybe they altered the emulsion with time, but surely all kids got the same mother, if you know what I mean. But if you look at the Solaris chrome Cartridge and the Imation one, you will find the same giant 3D yellow ball in the layout. Whether is a historic coincidence or a nerdy hint to film connoisseurs, we don’t know.
So how does this sibling look like? I only processed it as E6 and there were great similarities to the Ferrania Solaris Chrome, which is the most evident proof of the same genetic family. This Imation is expired and therefore the colour-lock is out of control. Everything is very blue and that is something to count on. I got my Imation slides from various sources, so if you get a hold on to one of those, you’ll probably be sure to receive similar results.
I think besides the blue colour there is something to say about light and formats. I think if you use panoramic shots and display a little of light and space the overall picture will be lighter and look more washed out and retro. If you use a smaller format, like the LC-A+, you condense the picture more and the blacks become blacker. Therefore there is more a graphic scenario. So it is more suitable to really construct a picture than reportage. Maybe that´s just a personal view, but I would like to share it.