Ferrania P30 In Stock and Full Review by EveNSteveAugust 2, 2022 Yes! I’ve been waiting for this film since 2014 and it has been WORTH THE WAIT! Full review with samples, tips and tricks to get the most out of this amazing film. Available now in the USA exclusively at Freestyle Photo. Share this:SharePrintTwitterRedditEmailFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Steve I’m so happy P30 is back in stock, I was an original Kickstarter backer and got the original 5 rolls of the alpha version, I kept one to use when I could get my hands on the full production run, as a side-by-side comparison.
When I shot this film before I found it to behave similarly to Double-X in that the contrast could get a bit much if you’re not careful when/where you shot it, but if you nailed it then it had one of the most beautiful looks in the world. Even when I underexposed it there was so much detail in the shadows that I could pull out quite a bit, and you can do some pretty crazy things dodging/burning with the film. I sent the first two rolls to be developed by my local camera store and they suggested to me that in the future I shoot/develop at ASA50 which I tried later on and I think I liked the slightly pulled look even more. When developing myself I used Sprint Standard at 70F for ~7min (M) and I think I was agitating 5-10sec every minute.
I scan with a Pakon F335 and one thing I noticed was that the scans came off a bit soft at first, I don’t know if that’s because the scanner was having a hard time focusing on the tiny grain or if the film base was thicker/thinner than the Tri-X and Double-X I was used to shooting. Anyway what I ended up doing was to recalibrate the scanner with the P30 roll in it and then afterwards recalibrate again to Tri-X.
I would absolutely love to see Ferrania release this in Super 8 and 16mm, I think the fine grain would make it just a perfect fit for small format filmmaking and fill a hole left by Kodak’s discontinuing Plus-X nearly a decade ago.