When googled, a few things immediately jump out: It’s listed in the “worst film + developer archive” and you come across quotes like “For sure it is amazing, that such a cheap product gives negatives with a picture on it. I still would not bother to waste my time with it.” (Georg Kern on photo.net) – this is definitely a film some people love to hate!
From the moment you take it out of the faded reddish foil package, this film screams cheap! There are no visible markings on the roll, and it’s held shut with a piece of masking tape.
Be careful when loading the film, as the frame numbers on the backing paper are extremely faint. A clean frame counter window and a light source are necessities. I always manage to forget about this, pop in the film, and wind and wind and wind until eventually I think “hey…”. Of course at that point it’s much too late and I have to find a dark place to pull the film out and rewind it again.
If you like to develop your own film, I’ve got more bad news for you: This film is so curly you won’t believe it, count on at least 5-10 minutes of swearing and mental hair-pulling before successfully loading the reel. It’s also extremely fragile when wet and scratches and chips easily. Another oddity is the complete lack of frame numbers on the developed negative, in fact the only marking of any kind is “SG PFF”.
The final result is an image with grain the size of small moons, but bucket loads of charm. It lends a moody, film noir quality to the subject matter – perfect for shooting pictures of the Eiffel Tower or afternoons of with coffee and cigarettes. An added bonus is the chocolaty sepia tone you get if you scan the negative in colour.
In the end, what I’m trying to say is this: Film is like people, you like it for its positive qualities, but grow to love it for its imperfections.