Fomapan film impressions - Your thoughts

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  1. lilmsmaggie

    lilmsmaggie Member

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    I've seen several image posts on other forums where the film used was Fomapan, usually ISO 100. I've begun to realize that in most cases, the range of tones is quite pleasing. I'm considering trying Fomapan in both 35mm and 4x5.

    I'd like to get some feedback from those that have used this film, i.e., issues, problems, preferred ISO, preferred developer, etc.
     
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    I quite like it in 4x5 and rodinal. I rate it around ISO80
     
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    I use asa 100 and 400 Arista EDU Ultra and it's a great film. The older film 35mm and 120 bases were curly and the newer batches are less so. The 120 paper backing is a little to thick for my taste. I souped it in HC-110 and now Xtol. Both developer looks good with the films. It's a good film value.
     
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    The Fomapan 100 is a good and cheap all round film. The 35mm versions are on Tri-Acetate base while the 120 roll film is on Blue Polyester. Foma improved the non-curling layer a bit.

    With most developers you will find an E.I. between 80 and 100. Fomapan is (also) sold in the USA under Arista (EDU) brand.

    The film has classical cubical Silver halide crystals. Compared to the T200 (Creative 200) which has been recently made again which has a mix of Hexagonal and Cubical crystals.

    Xtol/Fomadon Excel W27, D76/ID11/Fomadon P W37, HC-110, AM74/RHS (all E.I. 100) Rodinal (E.I. 80) etc. are all good combinations. Going to speed enhanced developers E.I. 160-200 in Diafine.

    Best regards,

    Robert
     
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    I ordered a brick of Foma 200 Creative only yesterday, very curious to try it out. I've heard good things about Foma (apart from the curling issue), and it's very cheap film too.
     
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    I love Foma 100 in 4x5 (Arista EDU) at 100 and developed in HC-110.
     
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    i've been using the fomapan/arista edu ultra 100 in 120 and 4x5 for years. works great in rodinal or the fomadon R09, but have recently settled on pyrocat HD 1:1:100 at 50 iso and developed 13 minutes with 10sec agitation every minute.

    reciprocity failure with the 100 speed film is steep, but i've had good luck using the numbers Murray@uptowngallery extrapolated from the limited reciprocity failure chart provided by foma:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=616301
     
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    i have and have used fomapan both creativ200 ( 35mm ) and
    120 format asa 100+400 ..
    it is great stuff, and loves to be processed in coffee if you are into that
     
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    I second that. Fomapan 100+Caffenol C is one of my favourite combinations for tonality.

    I've also had interestingly good luck using Fomapan 100 developed in Diafine for really long (5-15 minutes at f/8) nighttime exposures. My tentative theory is that the awful reciprocity actually helps to keep the highlights from blowing.

    -NT
     
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    Well, I bought a 50 sheet box in 4 x 5 and 5 rolls in 35mm of AristaEdu Ultra 100 for a trip down to Southern California.

    Hope it like Rollo Pyro :wink:
     
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    I really liked their R100 reversal film, but Freestyle no longer lists it on their website and I didn't see on Foma's website. DR5 lists it as a discontinued film on their film review page. I was real sorry to see that but at least I have a few rolls in the freezer.

    Dave
     
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    I have used Fomapan 120 a while back, I enjoy using it.

    Jeff
     
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    Now that's a blow if true.