Bottom line is
Given the cost of the stuff I bought a 30mtr roll of the Xtreme 100, it is a bit soft with a fairly low D-max but is a good 100 asa and works well in replenished D76d made up in 1985 and prints well in my Leitz Focomats to 10x8', all I bother with for snaps - I have not tried it in either of my DeVeres - I may try extending the development when the light gets soft, but as my current snapshot camera is a Retina 119 with an uncoated lens I am not going to argue about its quality - One can make a lot of pix with this film and not worry about the cost
On which subject, and being my own Devil's Advocate, the cost of petrol/diesel, model fees, accommodation, insurance, location hire and all the other things involved with making pictures, the difference in the cost of film should not be considered - Work out what you want a film to do and buy the very best quality fresh film you can get, for me it is Ilford Delta, but that is based as much on my knowing the emulsion as its inherent quality - I don't bother trying other emulsions once I am getting the results I require, apart from the Xtreme for snapshots, but that is a one off, perhaps
I have been using Foma 100 10x8" film, but will return to Ilford Delta 100 once I have used the stock I have - I may even sell the 5 unopened boxes here for a very attractive price
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That is hard to tell. When AGFA Photo closed The rumor is that there their packaging equipment was sold, with one line travelling across the channel to Harman, and the other travelling across Germany to Maco. These are Computer controlled and so the Markings can be any arbitrary text, and the numbers will look identical for film packaged in any of the three locations. Current Ilford brand film has numbering that resembles the last of the AGFA brand stuff. I recall that Simon from Harman acknowledged that they were happy to make a lucky purchase of a fairly new Packaging line form the liquidators.
Originally Posted by bluesun267
Of course if the film is being bought as frame numbered bulk, it would also have those numbers.
It is not clear that the Kentmere is the same as Ilford Pan. Simon indicated that it was a new formula, as they did not want to break their policy of not private labelling their own products. Ilford Pan 100 and 400 are special lines sold in "Certain Countries" where the "distribution conditions are not ideal" And are possibly sold at a different price than the Normal HP5+ FP4+ line. I have not tried the Ilford pan 100, but the Pan 400 does not have anywhere near the same development recommendations as the Kentmere 400. the roll I got from a dealer in asia does have a bit of resemblance to the HP5 of Old.
Kentmere 100 (aka Ilford Pan 100
I still live just beyond the fringe in Stittsville
Just developed a bunch of the 120 Ultafine film, and found that I could see numbers and dots from the backing paper. This was on rolls that had been through different cameras and on different film backs so it wasn't on my end. Grain was giant and very obtrusive.
I WON'T be buying anymore.
* Just because your eyes are closed, doesn't mean the lights in the darkroom are off. *
* When the film you put in the camera is worth more than the camera you put the film in... *
* When I started using 8x10, it amazed me how many shots were close to the car. *
Yup, join the club! I only use it for testing camera's and that's all it's good for. I do like their bulk 35mm ISO 100 film and think it's first rate, but the 120 is absolute junk. They should give it away because it's not doing their reputation any good at all.
Originally Posted by Jeff Searust
I had bought from ultra fine but just found out my recent batch of 120 film has been fogged in some way that has migrated the film numbers and dots from the paper backing onto the film! When I called to complain an ignorant and rude support person told me too bad. They refuse to do anything about it. Dubious quality film and a rude support staff. Never again!
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That's why I said in a different thread that they should come clean and sell this junk at a very big discount just to get rid of it. This is the kind of thing that really pisses me of with certain companies. They know this stuff is junk and they expect you to buy it and be happy. They should advertise it as "Just for testing only"! At this rate I'd have to say, "Junk film from a Junk Company". Pass the word since that's the only way you'll get jerks like this to straighten up and fly right. JohnW
Originally Posted by Surrealistic
Here's my results from Ultrafine 100 in 120 format. Never again. I stick w/ Kodak and Ilford now. If you like circles, dots, and even film numbers on your images, this is your film. As for customer support, I called them on this. A very pleasant woman answered the phone, and said she was going to get someone who knew more than she did about the film to answer my questions. That was a couple of months ago. I'm still waiting.
By the by, Freestyle has Tri-X in 24 exp (35mm) for just $3.99, and the 36 exp is only $4.39 a roll after an instant rebate. We're all going to be kicking ourselves if we pass this one up.
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My results were pretty much like yours and upon close inspection with a loupe I noticed a pattern that reminds me of fungi growth in the emulsion itself. Like I said, "JUNK"!
Originally Posted by momus
Well having read what the majority has to say about this film especially the recent posts then I find it difficult to accept that some would have me believe that Harman is behind this film. This is a company that at great risk to the directors' own financial future, decided on a management buy-out of the defunct Ilford so a death wish for themselves and the end of the company would hardly be high on their list of objectives. The QC that impresses all who go on the tours ( now on tour 4) is hardly a pretence.
Simon Galley,the other directors and other employees I and others have seen and spoken to on the tours never seemed to show any death wish or desire to go out of business, given that it pays their mortgages etc by employing a "devil may care/ cavalier" approach to their products or those produced at Mobberley and its hard earned reputation for quality.
Based on all I have seen and heard at Mobberley and from other APUGers, Harman and this film's defects would seem to have nothing in common.
I submit that a "Not Guilty" verdict on Harman's involvement is the only one that can be reached
I couldn't agree more! From seeing the "fungi" pattern with a loupe I'd say it comes from a place where the was high humidity and poor storage. Like, maybe the Orient? I'd guess China, but could be wrong. I don't believe Harman/Ilford would even give this stuff away for fear of liking this junk film with their good name. I really don't have a problem with PhotoWarehouse selling this film, but I do have a problem with them selling a defective product as one that has "NO" defects. That to me is fraud. JohnW
Originally Posted by pentaxuser