Film Tech

Ektachrome E100 / The Return Of

Let me start out by saying I’ve never shot slide film before, and I rarely shoot color film. Mainly because I’m way better at thinking in black and white. When I say that, I mean that when I frame something in my camera, the colors aren’t clogging my brain.

Im very particular when it comes to shooting color. Im too focused on the combination of colors in the scene vs the tonality of the film stock. When I shoot black and white, If I like the scene, I take the picture. If I shoot color, and I like the scene, I start thinking about how I don’t like this one color in this certain part of the frame and I start fighting with myself.

I thought I’d give the new Ektachrome a try just because I’d never shot slide film. Photos below, it’s cool, but I’ll stick to black and white and old color film stocks with more temperate colors and less contrast.

Rise of Film / Dev Note / Bergger Pancro 400


Ahhhh the first post of the Rise of Film series. Hopefully Rollei Vario Chrome will come next (not much of a color shooter so will see how this goes) and Ferrania P30 will come next. 


Bergger Pancro 400 (35 mm)

Shot on Canonet QL17 GIII


Kodak HC-110 (1:31) with a total time of 8:20 @ 70 degrees. 30 second agitation at beginning and 10 second agitation at start of every following minute.


High quality H20 @ 70 degrees for a 0:45 agitation.


Kodak Pro for 6:30 with 30 second agitations every other 30 seconds. 


0:30 H20 agitation then dump.


5:00 H20 overflow.


0:30 agitation with Kodak Photo-flo.


Rise of Film / New Kids on the Block


I know I'm a little late to this party and I'm going to keep this post short and sweet.

Im stoked that companies are rolling out new films or reviving old films. The photo community is recognizing film more and more and its thanks to the growing #filmisnotdead / #filmsnotdead etc.. movement. 

I really hope film companies keep coming out with new films or start reproducing old films after they see the expanding community of people who will still buy the product. If this happens, the price of film could fall and it wouldn't cost people who don't develop their own junk so much money to get into film.

Some New (Relatively) Stuff...

  • Rollei Vario Chrome

This is a new color slide film from Macodirect which is intended for more low day-light situations with a tad bit of warmth to the tone. 200-400 iso available. Just remember its slide film so get that E-6 ready.

Few Samples from the MACO IG...


  • Ferrania P30

This is the rebirth of an italian cinema film brand that started in 1917 and nicknamed the "Kodak of Italy." Its new film stock, P30, is an 80 iso panchromatic film which is an emulsion that produces a realistic reproduction of a scene as it appears to the human eye. Im pretty stocked for this film but its going to be hard to get in the beginning of its life. Its an ALPHA right now so supply is very limited. 


  • Bergger Pancro 400

This is a newer stock im pretty excited about as well. Its fairly cheap on B&H. The tone of the greyscale gives an old world feel. 

"BERGGER Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film , composed with silver bromide and silver iodide. They differ by the size of their grain. These properties allow a wide exposure latitude.  Cristals are precipitated by double-jet process, under the control of a computer. The two emulsions are panchromatic, and are stabilized by high tech systems.

BERGGER Pancro400 in 135 is coated on a 135 microns acetate base and includes DX Coding. It is designed with an undercoated anti-halation layer which clarifies during processing, and a anti-curling layer." -Bergger




to by one of my favorite photographers,  Lin Maowei

to by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

Photo by one of my favorite photographers,  Lin Maowei

Photo by one of my favorite photographers, Lin Maowei

I'm going to attempt to get my hands on all these new films that have and will come out this year and post them in this series, "Film Revival Series." 

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