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Fomapan Creative 200 – Film Profile

fomapan 200 creative film profile (1 of 2)

We’re back with another film profile, and since we’re smack in the middle of a series on home-developing black-and-white film we’ve decided to spotlight, you guessed it, a black-and-white film. But we won’t be messing about with chromogenic, desensitized C-41 film (sorry Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2). No, no, there will be no pretenders today. Today we’re shooting true black-and-white.

While we could’ve easily extolled the many virtues of Tri-X and HP5, or the grainless wonders of T-Max and FP4, we wanted to talk about something a little less obvious. Instead of visiting the familiar factories at Rochester or Sunderland, we’ll be taking a trip to the Czech Republic. We’ll shoot black-and-white the way they do it in Prague, and see if the continental Europeans are onto something.

Today we’re examining Foma’s Fomapan Creative 200. This oft-overlooked film remains one of the finest black-and-white films currently available on the market. And while it may not be for everyone, its many virtues will have certain photogs falling in love.

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Film Profile – Kodak BW400CN

Kodak BW400CN Film Profile 1

We’re back with another film profile to help you decide which film is right for you.

In the past we’ve profiled two Kodak films that are still being produced today; the smooth-as-silk Kodak Ektar 100, and the invitingly warm Portra 400. These two films are great at what they do, and their operational latitude and universally available development process make either one a great choice for the newcomer or professional alike.

But what if you want to shoot a black-and-white film that’s similarly accessible? Though the options are few compared to the vast number of color films available, there does exist a handful of capable and user-friendly B&W films.

Today, we’ll take a look at one such offering from Kodak. Their BW400CN is a black-and-white film that can be developed using the same process as standard color negative film. That means it can be developed at any photo lab. And while BW400CN has been officially discontinued, there’s still enough of it around to sate the appetites of those who want it.

But, is it any good? Is BW400CN still relevant today, or was it discontinued for a reason?

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