Amen to that, I´m still missing Adox Pan 25 in 4X5 so if this is an even better film I´d like to try it too!
Always nice to have choices.
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You guys mean Rollei Ortho 25 :)
I haven't tried RPX 25 yet but Rollei Retro 80S is the finest grain film with traditional tonality I've seen in years. It's really really close to Agfa APX 25
All different films with a different look.
Especially Retro 80S is very different compared to APX 25 and RPX 25.
Retro 80S has
- a superpanchromatic sensitization with extended red sensivity; APX 25 and RPX 25 are normal panchromatic films
- Retro 80S can be used as an IR film with 715 nm filter with excellent results (not possible with RPX 25 and APX 25)
- Retro 80S has a very strong, steep S-shape characteristic curve, whereas APX 25 and RPX 25 have both a more normal, linear characteristic curve.
Horses for courses, different films for different purposes.
I could not buy it in my country.
It has been re-introduced at Photokina 2012 (biggest photo fair in the world). I've been there in Cologne at this fair and visited the Fuji booth. There the re-introduction was officially announced. I talked there to the Fuji people.
After that I could buy the film again in my country.
So the reports from those people who have been at the Photokina fair have been absolutely correct.
Don't shoot the messengers ;)
That Fuji has cancelled their former decision again....well, it is sad. But complain at Fuji.
But, back to topic.
I've shot several rolls of the new RPX 25 in the last two weeks. And compared this film to Efke 25, Rollei Pan 25 and Ilford PanF+.
- all four films are different
- each of this film has its own, unique characteristics and characterictic curve
- differences in grain and sharpness are also significant (Efke 25 and older Rollei Pan 25 worst, PanF+ and RPX 25 better, with slight advantage for RPX 25)
- RPX 25 has a clear base, probably PET material (I tried to tear it, but it wasn't possible)
- the finishing and packaging of the film is the Harman Technology / Ilford finishing (so obviously Ilford is making this stuff in cooperation with Maco).
Therefore I can confirm what all the others here in this thread who have shot this new RPX 25 have written:
It is a new film and has nothing to do with products we have seen so far.