I see someone selling 90m of Polypan F for less then EUR 30. I have no idea about this film, except some samples here and there.
I have only one developer which is Rodinal. I am quite happy with APX and Fomapan but at this price it is quite tempting.
What are your experiences?
I hated that film. Just plain horrible.
Out of the 400 ft I had, i used maybe 30 and then opened up the can and got done with it.
Would like to know the problems, if it is too contrasty I will go for Rodinal 1+100.
I get decent results with it using Rodinal 1+50. I rated it at 100 and used a development time of 16 or 17 minutes. Contrast is a bit low compared to Plus-X or UN54 and it is a bit grainy. Flickr has a group devoted to this film and there have been some postings on rangefinderforum as well. From the samples that I see on Flickr is suspect that I could get better results than I have been getting if I were to spend some time getting this film dialed in.
I am little curious about those high-light glow in those samples, for me grain may not be a problem but I worry little about the scale of the film.
I would agree that this film needs fumbling around with to get good results. I use it for testing purpose since you can't beat the price.
But if you rate it at 25-50 and develop in Rodinal, you can get decent results. It's not for everyone obviously.
That's certainly not an everyday film.
But it's glow and general character could be still creatively used. Here is an example: http://a-propos-de-cracovie.tumblr.com/tagged/polypan-f
The following would make me very wary of this film.
1. There is almost no information about it on the web.
2. No one knows anything about Polystar.
3. It does not appear to be a real still camera negative film becuase it is on a polyester base rather than an acetate base and there is no antihalation layer.
4. The name Polypan F 50 seems to be selected to confuse people into thinking that it is made by Ilford.
5. The size of the roll is too large to fit most bulk loaders and it isn't a cine film the perferations aren't correct.
6. There are no edge markings.
None of the dozen or so reviews of this film were very positive and the sample photos were awful. It seems to be a document or surveillance film of some type. What appears to be a good deal often isn't so good.
It's an interesting film. It works well with Rodinal. I don't like the blooming that happens to the speculars because of the lack of the anti-halation coating. I bought a 300 ft roll and half of it fits in a Watson loader because the film is so thin. Someone on the Internet who claims knowledge of the film says it was designed for traffic cameras. I have no idea if he know what he's talking about but it's certainly a plausible notion. If someone wants 150 feet of it DM me and we'll work something out.