Two Tests for the Price of One, Fomapan 400 and the MD Rokkor 28-85 f3.5-4.5 Zoom lens.

Fomapan Action 400 is a polarizing film, some people love it, others hate it. Personally, I don't get the hate on for this film. This post I'm going to talk about the film, next post, the other test, the MD Rokkor 28-85 3.5-4.5 zoom lens.

I had some experience in the past years ago with Fomapan 400 in 120 format and I was quite happy with the results. This time out I wanted to prove some friends wrong, Fomapan 400 is a decent film if you expose it right and have a decent processing flow. From my research I deduced I'm dealing with a true ISO of around 250 so set the meter to that and proceed accordingly. I processed in Kodak's HC110 developer in dillution B, and used Ilford's stop and Rapid Fix. The negatives dried flat which is great because this past winter both Kodak Tri-X and even Ilford's HP5 400 were cupping to some degree when drying.

The end results are below, a rather nice 1970s Kodak Tri-X look to the images. Yes there's grain but it is a pleasing grain. In short if Kentmere 400 isn't floating your boat in terms of a budget black and white film, give Fomapan 400 Action a shot.

Camera: Minolta X-570, MD Rokkor 28-85 F3.5-4.5 lens.
Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B.

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