Fomapan - An Institution

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Foma has been one of the institutions in film production in Europe. Their classic monochrome films are reliable, consistent and we should shoot more of them!

Foma is one of the long standing film producers. They have been around since 1921 and also produce other photographic materials, such as developers. I had long wanted to try some of their films out and had even gotten hold of some old, expired films but strangely not of their still produced outstanding monochrome emulsion I had heard so much about.

I was thrilled when my friend mattydk sent me a roll of Fomapan 400/120 for our 120 roll exchange doubles!
I reverently inserted the roll into my Holga, for we had agreed to both use that camera for this roll. I was very lucky, as we hadn’t re spooled the rolls and the paper didn’t jam while I was essentially shooting the roll backwards. The Holga doesn’t allow for minute exposure calculation so I crossed my fingers that it would work out, but Foma film is supposed to be forgiving.

The next step where I relied on the ruggedness of the Foma emulsion was development. I used standard Rodinal procedure. When I saw the negatives, I was thrilled they looked so nice, but when I scanned the film I saw that we both overexposed the roll so that the doubles did not succeed. This shows that this film is really fast and worked well with Rodinal despite it lowering effective speed. I really liked the tonality of the images though, they were really dreamy. For this tonality and the overall excellent quality I do recommend this fast medium format monochrome emulsion!

written by cyan-shine on 2011-04-28 in #reviews

One Comment

  1. maelstrom
    maelstrom ·

    Thank you for this article! It does justice to Fomapan as one of the greatest film manufacturers. As you can tell, I love it too!:)))

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