Ferrania Solaris (35mm, 100 iso) User-Review


Who said cheap film gave cheap results?

Ferrania what? Solaris huh? If you are like me, you were probably wondering the same thing. When I bought my Lomo LC-A last year, the seller chucked in a roll of this 100 iso film free of charge. I tried doing a bit of research on it but failed to find much info on the internet (other than it didn’t cost much), so I decided to do my own first-hand research and fired the roll through my Canon AV-1 on a weekend trip to London. The results I received were more than a little suprising…

First off, and probably the most noticeable trait of this film, is the incredible warmth that makes each exposure glow with an almost (excuse the cliché term) ‘retro’ property. You can take a picture of a blank white wall and it will somehow stand-out in a way in which you never would have thought possible, but that isn’t to say the film isn’t faithful to what you see in real life, it still manages to truthfully replicate every colour in natural light. But it’s when this natural light source is exchanged for indoor lighting that things get really interesting! Using long exposures indoors instead of opting for a flash results in pictures that look anything from cross processed to redscaled.

This film has taught me not to judge a roll by it’s price tag, and that sometimes the best things in life are free.

written by minty on 2010-04-30 #gear #negative #review #canon #print #100-film #av-1 #ferrania-solaris


  1. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Gr8 review! I luv this film ! it comes in iso 200,400 and 800 :)

  2. trincheiras
    trincheiras ·

    you made my day! i have a solaria roll with me =D

  3. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    the film is great. Anybody who has a roll of the ISO200 is in for a treat!

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    GREAT GALLERY!! one of the last colour film brands still produced in europe (Italy) after the dismission of the Agfa (now is made in japan) I love it so much! I wish I can find the Solaris Chrome 100! I've also noticed that the Ferrania films can is the same of the Lomography films...and that on the box of the Lomo Redscale films there'e a print that say Made in Italy...suspects, only suspects :)

  5. violet_rayy
    violet_rayy ·

    Gallery is ace and lovely review. My profile picture was taken with this film. I love the warmth!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Fantastic shots !!!

  7. paramir
    paramir ·

    great review! the gallery is beautiful. great results!

  8. torium
    torium ·

    great review!

  9. kefuwa
    kefuwa ·

    great gallery, i've been meaning to get my hands on some of this film xD

  10. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    wow wow wow! very good!

  11. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Super stuff!

  12. gibri
    gibri ·

    I used Ferrania solaris 100 three mounth ago, all the photos (28, strange number for a film) verging on yellow or red, wonderful results, and I didn't know this detail.

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