Fomapan 400 is a film of questionable quality but indisputable photographic interest. It has an old-fashioned look that I quite like and, despite what some reviewers have written about the film, I’ve never had any bad experiences with it. There were only a couple of keepers from this roll but that’s my fault, not the film’s. The problem was I used a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder and did a lot of cat chasing in low light. That’s something better done with an autofocus digital camera, frankly. Anyway, here are the two I can show you.

Stairwell Window.

The reflection of the apartments in the polished granite outside the window is overexposed but doesn’t look bad. When digital goes over its highlight limit it often looks awful, though this is improving with each new advance in sensor technology.

Hallway Stroll

Amice likes to take strolls in the hallway of our building and on this day I took the camera out with me to make some photos. I gave up chasing him after a few ruined frames, deciding instead to frame this scene and wait for him to walk into it. Low light meant a blurry cat, but it doesn’t detract from the photo.

This is my last film post for a while. Eventually the film bug will bite again and I’ll be loading a camera with some film. Actually, I’ll be loading the F6 with film and enjoying its autofocus and matrix metering. And chasing the cat less . . . .

11 thoughts on “Fomapan 400

    1. The price is very nice, isn’t it? I haven’t tried the lower ISO versions. Maybe someday . . . I got a roll of Ferrania Alpha 30 (name?) the other day and I’m looking forward to trying that. ISO80, so the tripod will come with me on any outing.

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      1. It’s great to have an inexpensive film that’s so rewarding (and forgiving) to use. I’m currently looking at the unusually bright light and wondering about heading out with some stupidly low iso film loaded. I’m not familiar with Ferrania, will look it up.


    1. Come to think of it, I think it was 120 and up that caused problems for people. Anyway, Ilford films aren’t that much more expensive and developing is the same cost no matter what film it is.


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