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    Forte Fortepan 400 Good film or bad film?

    What is your experience with Forte Fortepan 400? How does it compare to Tri-X and HP-5 with respect to grain, tonal range and accutance? What developer would you recommend for best results? I want to use it for street shooting under a wide variety of lighting conditions.

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    Dear Karl,

    Grainy, not very sharp, doesn't push outstandingly well, lovely tonality. Devs well in almost everything.

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    Not a favorite of mine
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    Not a favorite, but tolerably ok. Worth it for the price if the work isn't too demanding of it.

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    Note that Forte has gone under. Although I'm sure there's Fortepan 400 still in the supply line, I don't know how long it'll last. I therefore wouldn't recommend getting too attached to the film. If you happen to acquire some at a good price, you might as well use it, but if you want to settle on a film for long-term use, I'd pick something else. If you fall in love with it, stock up.

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    Wasn't it just repackaged AGFA APX 400? Not sure it it was actually a Forte emulsion.

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    No, Forte was independent and had their own emulsions. I believe the former "J&C Classic Pan" was rebadged Fortepan.

    The confusion might be because Freestyle has/had the "Arista II" line in 35mm, which says "Made in Germany", which probably is/was Agfa.

    Their Arista.EDU line (which they don't appear to have anymore in 35mm) says/said "Made in Hungary", which would have been Forte.

    Their Arista.EDU Ultra line, which is current, is rebadged Foma, who show no signs of going under yet

    Confused yet?

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    Experience With Astra.edu 4x5 film

    I got a box of this film to see if I could reduce film costs in 4x5. Answer, don't even consider it if you value the quailty of your work It is awful!!

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    I tried some in 35mm just for the hell of it. Pretty cheap from Freestyle. I second Roger's opinion.
    If you are doing street shooting under a wide range of lighting conditions I would use Tri-X & then move to Neopan 1600 for low light.
    I do plan to try Forte 400 in 120, also some Foma. Not because I think they will become my main films but just to discover what looks they have.

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    I added Forte Fortepan 400 to title...

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