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    Polypan F ist thought to copy B/W movie films - in that sense it is a movie film. It has no antihaltion layer because you don't need one for copying films.
    It is the cheapest sort of film that can be coated, and it tends to get contrasty. But that might be influenced by development.

    In my younger days I experimented with a similar film because it was so extremly cheap. The results were not woth the effort.
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    There's pages and pages about it on the web.
    The Polystar is conjecturally 'polyester'.
    It is a movie print film and has no AH backing so use it with a camera that doesn't have a highly polished pressure plate.*
    It seems to be the old Pan F coating, not the plus.
    It is very popular with the Caffenol putsch. No problem pushing to 100 and in Diafine even more.
    The sprocket holes are just perfect in spacing.
    You have to get to live with the lack of edge markings and the bigger reel. What more do you want for that money?

    Look at the Flickr site and see what can be done with it.

    If you haven't tried it, don't knock it. Great for the frugal.

    *And to kill the flare, should you have a problem, try covering the pressure plate with 120 backing paper. An instant cure.
    Last edited by Murray Kelly; 07-19-2012 at 12:04 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I had good results with this film. It is not superb film, but it is good enough. I always use Rodinal 1+100 semi stand with polypan. Here are couple of examples (paper scans, fotokemika emaks grade 2, ilford multigrade developer):

    http://darkosaric.deviantart.com/art...-158-204041859

    http://darkosaric.deviantart.com/art...vo-2-208408410

    http://darkosaric.deviantart.com/art...vo-1-208408365

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relayer View Post
    don't buy it
    Because?


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    Works for me, shot @50, developed in Rodinal 1+50, same way as I develop Ilford Pan F+
    Here some scans from negatives, Plustek OpticFilm 7400 scanner: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/1...ml#post1337080

    In Europe, Polypan F is know as the industrial version of Ilford PanF (not +) using polyester base and as stated no annihilation.
    The folks badmouthing Polypan F (without showing examples) might be holding the telescope from the broken side = using the wrong camera, lens, dark room....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
    Because?
    because!

    Polypan 50@200 in MC-MEA
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/...ed947c_b_d.jpg

    Polypan 50@200 in MC-MEA
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/...a43e6f_b_d.jpg

    Polypan 50@100 in D76d lazy-split 2bath
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/...aa4c17_b_d.jpg

    compared to other film I'm not happy with Polypan. now use it just only for camera test etc.

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    The spots? Does that show when using distilled water, cleaning the tank ever now and then?
    Seen this? http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/9...120-cause.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Relayer View Post
    because!

    Polypan 50@200 in MC-MEA
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/...ed947c_b_d.jpg

    Polypan 50@200 in MC-MEA
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/...a43e6f_b_d.jpg

    Polypan 50@100 in D76d lazy-split 2bath
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/...aa4c17_b_d.jpg

    compared to other film I'm not happy with Polypan. now use it just only for camera test etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georg16nik View Post
    The spots?
    The grain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relayer View Post
    The grain!
    According to Your notes the film was underexposed and there is no info on developing, just dev names, no times, temps, agitation, water (tap, filtered, deionized, distilled..etc)

    The OP asked about this film Polypan F in Rodinal, so I still see it OK when developed in Rodinal.
    I see that Darko used Rodinal as well, so I guess we are happy with the results and as Murray wrote
    What more do you want for that money?

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    I am pretty happy with the film. Gives decent results for me. Just rate it at iso 50 or a bit less. Rodinal might give it a bit bigger grain but you try out a fine grain developer. You can't really go wrong for this price. If nothing else it is a nice film to test camera's with. The recommended developer is the same as for Ilford pan f.
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