With my favorite film, Film Washi S out of production I’m on the search for a new go to film. I’m looking for something high contrast with a decent exposure latitude, it can be pretty slow, Washi S is only rated at ISO 50, grainy or not grainy, I like both.
I thought I’d give Lomography’s Fantome Kino 8 a try, I didn’t really think it could become my everyday film, with an ISO rating of 8, it’s a little too slow for that. I think it will be really good with my always wide open f/2.8 home fabricated screw mount Lumenbox lens, but I thought I’d give it a shot with a more conventional lens.
One of my faster lenses is my old Canon 28mm f/2.8 LTM. It’s a nice little lens, not quite wide enough for me on most days, but a great little lens nonetheless. I also enjoy the fact that it’s super compact. Since I only have one Barnack type camera that has a rangefinder, my Canon IVSb2, I thought I should go with that, so I can actually focus. I normally just zone focus with my wider lenses.
I like this film, it is contrasty, it has a nice retro look to it (or maybe that’s the lens I was using). It also has a nice and forgiving exposure latitude. I bracketed most shots and virtually every shot was usable. My biggest gripe is that this film is insanely, ridiculously curly. Strike that it’s hellishly curly. Did I mention that it’s curly? I’ve gotten fairly proficient at loading almost any film into the holders of my Plustek scanner, if I wasn’t relatively decent at it, I wouldn’t have been able to load this film for scanning at all. It’s curly! So much so that I’m a little reluctant to shoot the other two rolls of it that I bought.
The shots are nothing to write home about artistically, but they look pretty good I think? This roll was developed in Cinestill Df96 monobath, which has become my old standby developer for unfamiliar films.