Film Photography Podcast – Episode 175 – November 22, 2017
Show Notes By Alex Luyckx
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Hey there film lovers, we’re back on drive time, and joining Michael Raso on the road today is John Fedele and Mark Dalzell. Topics include FPP Top Lists, Silberra Films, Emulsion-X, Listener Letters, and more. So keep your eyes on the road and your ears on us!
This month we're celebrating our HAND-ROLLED SVEMA FILMS! Take 15% off (til Nov 30, 2017) by using the code: svema15
at checkout! This includes the RARE PolyPan F and the Limited Emulsion X!
What’s up with Silberra?
If you’ve listened to our last episode, you probably heard about Silberra’s crowdfunding campaign on Indie Go Go! Well, Silberra is an established Russian photographic supply company that wants to bring some new films to the mass market. They’re working on several Panchromatic and Orthochromatic Emulsions some new others modern formulation of Agfa films. Now the campaign ends on November 25th so if you’re thinking of supporting them, don’t wait too long!
Film Photography Project's TOP 5 Ultra Cool & Different 35mm Films!
If you know the gang at FPP, we love the weird and different films and stock many of them in our store. But what are Michael’s top five fun and different film stocks? Well, we have the list here for you!
5. Lomo Purple – This strange and different film stock reproduces the look of colour infrared, but without all the different handling and filters and the best part, it’s processed in C-41!
4. Eastman High-Contrast 5363 – Originally designed for title work on motion pictures, it produces beautiful still photography images. A high-contrast chrome feels and with blue-sensitive emulsion gives a unique look especially in portrait work! Just make sure to shoot this film outside or using electronic flash.
3. Kodak Low Speed 2254 – How low can you go? How about ISO-1.6, yes this is a super low-speed C-41 film that’s great for long exposure work and was originally designed as a copy film for motion picture work.
2. Svema Color 125 – From Russia with Love, Svema 125 has no equal in Japanese or North American films. It produces a vibrant colour pallet that is different from that of Fujifilm and Kodak! It’s a favourite of Leslie and Mark!
1. Kodak Vision3 – Available in three speeds (Daylight 50D, 160D, and Tungsten 500T) this rich motion picture film is the stock behind many blockbuster Hollywood Films. And now you can shoot this at home in your cameras. Just watch out the processing, it still has a remjet layer, so it’s ECN-2, there are plenty of labs out there who process ECN-2, but the easy way is to develop it at home in a C-41 kit and gently rub the remjet off before stabilising.
Top Five Discontinued Films you must shoot
Of course, not all films are still available, but you can still find them if you look hard enough. So what’s on Michael’s list of films you gotta shoot before they’re gone forever?
5. Polypan F - This magical German copy film is a rare bird these days but is well worth shooting. Images have a glow about them that is caused by a lack of an anti-halation layer on the film!
4. Kodak Technical Pan – The images produced by Tech Pan are so sharp you might cut yourself. High Resolution, High Contrast, and No Grain, just make sure you develop it in the right developer, either Kodak Technodol or Photographer’s Formulary TD-3. Otherwise, it’ll just look like any other film stock.
3. Kodak Plus-X 5231 – This isn’t your usual Plus-X, this motion picture variant is rated at ISO-80, and produces a rich cinematic feel to your images. This film was the standard for motion pictures for many years, and we still have a small amount left in the store!
2. Kodak Hawkeye Survellance – This T-Grained colour film produces amazing images in any lighting condition. Originally designed for surveillance cameras the colours are natural, the grain is fine, and the images are sharp!
1. FPP Infrachrome – Yes, you now can get the iconic look of Kodak Areochrome in a newly produced colour infrared film. Just make sure you’re shooting this film behind at least a Yellow-12 filter and sending it off to The Darkroom for proper handling and developing or do it yourself in a Rapid E-6 Kit. Best shot in a fully manual and mechanical camera.
Top 10 Products in the FPP Store
The FPP Store has a wide range of strange and wonderful products and a great source for everything film photography and FPP. But what are our top ten products?
10. Kodak Hawkeye Surveillance Film - This T-Grained colour film produces amazing images in any lighting condition, fine grain, natural colours, and sharp images.
9. FPP Rapid E-6 Kits – Develop your slides at home, super easy, and it’s like pulling out tiny stained glass windows
8. Fuji FP-100c – Feed your type-100 Polaroid cameras with the only remaining pack film out there!
7. Svema Foto 400 – An ISO-400 black & white film right from Russia, the polyester base means this film always dries flat!
6. Eastman Double-X 5222 – A motion picture film that you can shoot with ease in any 35mm camera, rated at ISO-200, adds a cinematic flair to any photo!
5. Kodak Portra 400 – One of the best colour negative films out there, great for any situation you can throw at it.
4. Svema Color 125 – Tired of the colours from Kodak or Fuji get something unique out of Svema 125!
3. FPP 1L Recycled Bottles – Need something to store all your chemistry in? Look no further than these recycled bottles!
2. FPP Infrachrome – A clone of the iconic Kodak Areochrome, make your world look different. Just remember to filter it!
1. FPP C-41 Kit – The best way to process all your colour negative films, super-fast, and super easy!
Mark’s Top Films
We’ve covered a lot of film stocks already but Mark chimes in with his top list of films he loves. His number one choice is Svema Color 125 a different film that looks like the real world and at six bucks a roll; it’s an inexpensive option. Next on his list is the Kodak Portra films, at 160 and 400 these colour negative films can do anything you want. With some apprehension, Mark’s next choice is the Arista line of films from Freestyle. Designed as an inexpensive film for students it packs a punch. His final choice is Kodak LDP-4, this oddball film fills Mark’s love for low-speed films.
above: The underground FPP Test Lab where Emulsion X now resides!
New in the FPP Test Lab - EMULSION X
As you know the FPP is known for finding the weird, the odd and the rare. And we’re always pulling new films out of vaults, testing them, and offering them up to you! Our last limited release film, Mr Brown was a huge success. And now we have a new film being tested, known as Emulsion-X. We think it’s rated at ISO-6 and is on a thick base and grain as big as your head according to our early tests. So if this interests you, grab some rolls now HERE!
above: Test image of Emulsion X shot by Leslie Lazenby
And that’s it for this show. We’ll be back in one week with our regularly scheduled shows through December. If you like or dislike these drive-time shows, you can let us know through email firstname.lastname@example.org. While you’re waiting, you can join our community over on Flickr; you can also send us notes and Holiday Cards through the postal service Film Photography Podcast PO Box 264 Fair Lawn, NJ 07410!