Introducing Film Ferrania P30 35mm BW Film

Posted: 01/28/2020

On January 28, 2020 The Film Photography Project on-line store received its first shipment of Film Ferrania P30 BW 35mm film. (Order HERE) What is it, where does it come from, how do I shoot it and how do I develop it? Read on!

Who is Film Ferrania, and what is P30?

Until 2010, Ferrania was the leading Italian motion picture and still photography film brand beloved by directors Fellini, De Sica and Antonioni (to name a few) – in fact, the vast majority of classic Italian cinema released between 1923 and 1965 was shot on Ferrania stock.

In 2012, entrepreneurs Nicola and Marco committed to resurrecting this iconic film brand using the original Ferrania formulas – fast forward to today, when the new Ferrania film P30, produced in the rebuilt Ferrania Film factory in Ciaro Montenotte, Italy using the same formula used by Italian cinematography masters of the mid-20th century is available to a new generation of film shooters!

Introducing Ferrania P30, a brand new 35mm film with deep, rich shadows and punchy, sharp highlights.  It features a very high silver content, resulting in a native high-contrast film with almost no visible grain.

How to achieve AMAZING results with Ferrania P30

1. A manual camera is recommended.
Ferrania P30 is not DX coded, so it is highly recommend you use a fully manual 35mm camera - or at least a camera that gives you some control over either ISO, aperture or shutter speed. Cameras with no manual ISO setting (and compact 35mm cameras) will default to either iso 50 or iso 100 (consult your camera manual). If you are using an automatic camera, you can shoot P30 but not at the optimum ISO.

  1. Shoot at 80 ISO
    We firmly recommend shooting this film at the box speed of 80 ISO.

  2. Hand processing is best
    P30 is a unique film, and we have found hands-on processing yields the most consistent results.

  3. Lab processing is ok, too
    Send P30 to or your favorite lab that develops BW film.

The Film Photography Project Store
stocks home developing gear and chemistry.

recommended developers and techniques

Developer Dilution Temp. EI 50/18 (minutes) EI 80/20 (minutes) Procedure
Kodak D-76 stock 20ºC/68ºF 8 - Small Tank: Continuous inversions, or roll tank back and forth Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
stock 20ºC/68ºF - 7 Small Tank: Inversions for 10 seconds each minute Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Kodak D-96 stock 21ºC/70ºF 8 8 Small Tank: Continuous inversions, or roll tank back and forth Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Ilford Ilfosol 3 1+9 20ºC/68ºF - 6 Small Tank: Inversions first 30 seconds, then 1 inversion per minute Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Kodak HC-110 1+63
(dil. H)
20ºC/68ºF - 12 Small Tank: Inversions first minute, 10 second inversions each minute Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation (NOTE: must use at least 450ml water to maintain the 6ml required for a 36exp 135 roll)
(dil. B)
20ºC/68ºF - 5 Small Tank: Inversions first 30 seconds, then 1 inversion per minute Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Kodak TMax 1+6 24ºC/75.2ºF - 7 Small Tank: "TMAX style" - rapid twisting with approx. 5-7 inversions first 10 seconds and each 30 seconds Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
R09 (Rodinal) 1+100 20ºC/68ºF - 60 Semi-Stand Technique: 3 minute pre-soak, 60 second initial agitation with gentle agitation at 15, 30 and 45 minutes
Tetenal Paranol S 1+50 20ºC/68ºF - 14 Small Tank: Continuous inversions for the first 30 seconds then 10 inversions every minute
FF No.1 Monobath stock 21ºC/70ºF - 6 Small Tank: 6-10 inversions first minute, then 1 inversion each 30 seconds

Additional Processing Techniques

Developer Dilution Temp. EI 50/18 (minutes) EI 80/20 (minutes) Procedure
Adox Adonal 1+80 19ºC/66ºF - 16.5 Small Tank: Continuous inversions first minute, then two inversions every minute
Fuji Negastar 1+4 24ºC/75ºF - 5 Lab processing
Ilford DD 1+4 24ºC/75ºF - 11 Lab processing
Ilford DD-X 1+5 20ºC/68ºF 7.5 - Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
1+6 20.5ºC/69ºF - 15 Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Ilford ID-11 1+1 20ºC/68ºF - 13.5 Small Tank: Three inversions each minute
Ilford MICROPHEN 1+3 20ºC/68ºF - 17 Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Kodak XTOL 1+1 20ºC/68ºF - 12 Small Tank: Inversions for first minute, then 10 second agitations each minute
1+3 20ºC/68ºF - 16 Lab Processing/Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
Perceptol stock 20ºC/68ºF - 9 Small Tank: First 30 seconds continuous, then 2 inversions each minute
Promicrol 1+9 20ºC/68ºF - 8 Rotary Tank: Continuous rotation
1+14 20.5ºC/69ºF 8.5 - Small Tank: 30 second agitations for 2 minutes, then 2 inversions each minute
R09 (Rodinal) 1+50 20ºC/68ºF - 14 Small Tank: Inversions for first 30 seconds, then inversions for 10 seconds each minute


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