Are you also fond of trying out films you've never seen or heard of just because it is cheap (or whatever your reason may be)? You just have to trust your instincts and tell yourself that whatever the outcome, you got yourself a great deal!
I was somewhat new in Lomography so I pretty much tried everything and thought that as long as the film fits my camera then I know, I’m good to go. Luckily, I got this bulk of black and white films for a really good price on ebay. Now its being sold online for $1.95/ roll. It says on the box “GEKKO MW 100 plus, Panchromatic Black and White Negative film, 135-24DX”. It has an ISO speed of 100, with expiration 2007-1 with charge 310501 which I assume is the batch number of the films. Upon receipt of the package, there is a list of processing information that came with the film and it included HC 110 dilution B for 5 minutes.
I made a little research on Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM) Inc., the company that sells the film. However, assuming and basing the info gathered from their website, they no longer manufacture this kinds of films. They are now focused on GEKKO inkjet papers and other state of the art imaging products. Some say that this is just a old Agfa APX rebadged or repackaged by Efke.
Whatever it is, this film, my first roll of black and white film, didn’t actually fail me. I made pretty decent outdoor shots right? =p
Maco and Rollei are a well known “Boutique” Film manufacturer in Germany and I’m happy I was able to buy and stock some of these hard to find 100 speed film manufactured solely for MPM Inc.
I’d really appreciate if you can give me more information about this Gekko/Maco film or perhaps you can share your shots too. I still have a few in stock so I’ll definitely note your opinions for a much improved results. Thank you so much!