Mastering the New Lomography Fantôme Kino Black and White ISO 8 Film

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Welcome to the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 Film guide! This contains everything we've discovered about the new Fantôme Kino B&W film with our research and testing. We've enlisted the help of talented and skilled photographers from all over the world to see just how this film performs and how it can fit into your analogue lifestyle. Join us as we discover this brand new black-and-white film from Lomography!

Photos were taken by © Banyong Ngamwilai and © Dannah Gottlieb

The Fantôme Kino Black and White film is the newest addition to the Lomography Kino B&W film family packs a cinematic punch like no other. Capable of rendering dramatic scenes in black-and-white that will take you back to the glory days of film noir classics. This brand new, low ISO film was developed to help you capture life's most evocative scenes in high contrast and gritty monochrome frames. Capture every encounter with unique flair with this B&W film that is anything but ordinary.

Shooting

Being a very slow film at ISO 8 speed, this new film is best experienced using a camera with manual controls and a fast lens that lets the user play around with different aperture settings. Adjusting the controls manually in-camera will help you get more accurate exposures. Using a combination of settings like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture will help you shoot better with the Fantôme Kino B&W film. Here are some things we tried with the film that we think might help you with your new Fantôme Kino B&W film:

  • Make sure you set your camera's ISO setting to 8.
  • If your camera doesn't have a variable ISO setting, we suggest you use an external light meter to get the appropriate shooting values.
  • Use the fastest lens you have and shoot it with a wide-open aperture.
  • Some SLRs have a mirror lockup feature that helps minimize camera shake. Use it!
  • Use a tripod to make sure your shots are stable. If available, use a cable release to hit the shutter.
  • Shoot under sunny conditions and take advantage of the abundance of light.
Photos were taken by © Banyong Ngamwilai, © Dannah Gottlieb, © Alfred Gerke, © Adrian Bilek

Experiment with other ways of shooting with the Fantôme Kino B&W film and be surprised at how versatile it can be. However, due to its slow speed, we suggest you pick a shooting environment with a good enough light source to make sure those frames don't go to waste!

Developing

For the artist who wants to have full control over their exposures, home development is the way to go. We understand that and that's why we made a quick checklist of our top picks of developers and agents to give you the best results. Work on your darkroom skills and get another film type scratched off your bucket list! This new film can be best experienced with these procedures and chemicals.

Here are our recommended developers, developing times, and dilution:

  • D96: standard dilution, 20°C 6 mins 30 secs
  • Kodak HC 110: B dilution, 20°C 7 mins
  • Ilford Ilfosol 3: 1+9 dilution, 20°C 10 mins 30 seconds
  • Compard R09: 1+50 dilution, 20°C 8 mins
  • Tetenal Ausgleichsentwickler: standard dilution, 23°C 9 mins

D-96 is our recommended developer for this film. Preserving the details in the highlights, but still maintaining the film's signature contrast look. Kodak used to produce D-96, but you could still get your hands on the same formula under the brands CineStill or Bellini.

D96: standard dilution, 20°C 6 mins 30 secs

Kodak HC-110 is one of our favorite developers for developing monochrome film. The Fantôme Kino developed in HC-110 would result in punchy dramatic contrast that makes images "pop". If you're going for striking frames, then this is a good choice.

Kodak HC 110: B dilution, 20°C 7 mins

Ilford Ilfosol 3 This developer produces fine grain and rendering good contrast and impressive shadow detail. Ilfosol is a viable option if you're looking to give your shots a softer and moodier atmosphere. Others like it sharp and detailed, this one can be a surprising alternative.

Ilford Ilfosol 3: 1+9 dilution, 20°C 10 mins 30 seconds

Compard R09 A good Rodinal substitute, this developer ensures really fine grain preserving much detail and sharpness. This one is for the photographer who has a keen eye and an appreciation for the small things. Frames developed with the Compard retain delicate details in the shot, regardless how minute they are.

Compard R09: 1+50 dilution, 20°C 8 mins

Tetenal Ausgleichsentwickler This developer provides a balanced amount of contrast and is suitable for available light, reportage, and even fine art photography. If you're the type of photographer who likes an all-around pick, then this is it. It's suited for a variety of shooting conditions and styles.

Tetenal Ausgleichsentwickler: standard dilution, 23°C 9 mins

Don't worry if you don't have the means to develop films in your own home lab. Just send your roll/s to any lab that processes black-and-white films and send them a copy of this development guide for reference. They'll know what to do!

If the agents that are available to you are not on this list or if you have other questions pertaining to our new film, fret not! Just hit us up at help@lomography.com and we'll try to help you in any way that we can. We love hearing from you and we're always glad to help.

Printing

The Fantôme Kino evokes a variety of moods by how it renders light and shadows. Its fine grain allows it to be printed in bigger enlargements without the details getting lost in the grain, making it the ideal film to use for large Fine Art Prints. Utilize different filters to drastically change the look of your enlargement to create the perfect moody monochrome print. With that said, we believe that one of the most fulfilling experiences in Analogue Photography is having actual prints of your photographs in your hands. Give it a try!

Photos were taken by: © Nopawach Gajajiva, © Edward Conde, © Richie Duque, © Hamish Gill, © Adrian Bilek, © Marja Nikolcic

Scanning

But what about scanning? When developed and scanned correctly, the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 produces images with high contrast that still retain enough detail in the highlights. Its fine grain also ensures smooth, low noise scans. Experiment with different scanning settings to get the effect you're after. We suggest you use a decent scanner that puts in as much detail into your scans as possible to take advantage of this film's nuances. This step may be a bit time-consuming but when done right, it'll all be worth it.


We hope you enjoyed reading the Lomography Fantôme Kino B&W film guide! If you have any additional questions or curiosities please reach out to us at help@lomography.com. Upload your own B&W photographs to Lomohome or share them on social media with #heylomography – we can’t wait to see what you create!

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