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5 Frames With… #32: Silberra PAN50 (EI 50 / 35mm) by Stian-René Espeland

A few weeks ago I got sent a package from Silberra in Russia. If you haven’t heard of them yet, it’s no wonder. They have been around for some time in Russia as a small scale film supply manufacturer but only recently decided to go international. I got sent some films as a part of their international testing before the launch of their Indiegogo campaign on October 25th.

One of the films was Silberra PAN50. This is a film derived from Agfa surveillance films but with changes to the emulsion to make it more suitable for the modern consumer.

I wanted to find out how this film did compared to ILFORD Pan F Plus, which I’ve used several times before, so I went to a place called Helleviga in Søgne here in southern Norway. It was a very windy day and I thought I would try to catch some motion blur and some longer exposures. I also thought that the rocky shore would create a good contrast to the whites of the breaking waves. Silberra PAN50 has an increased sensitivity to infrared light and I figured this would work favorably in bringing out contrast on an otherwise bleak day.

The camera I used was a Canon EF with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. The EF is nicknamed “Black Beauty”, but I must admit I prefer my Canon A1. Unfortunately the A1 was at the camera hospital to cure it from the infamous shutter squeak.

I hope you guys like the shots as they probably cost me my 50mm after I dropped it into a puddle of salt water 🙁

I’vegotta tell you guys, I think I’ve found my favorite ISO 50 film.

The film was developed in Silberrra Ascorol and I think it really delivered in terms of sharpness and contrast. The contrast is out of this world and yet as you can see the tonal range is quite broad. I have yet to print anything from it in the darkroom, but I imagine it to produce crisp and fine grained images suitable for larger prints. Maybe I’ll get around to it during the weekend.

In terms of exposure I stayed at the lower end of the aperture scale and shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 second to 8 seconds. There wasn’t much reciprocity failure to talk about, but when I tested it turned out to be very close to ILFORD Pan F Plus.

I really do hope Silberra’s Indiegogo campaign is successful because that means I get to enjoy more this film in 120 and I’ve got my eyes set on putting some of this through my Pentacon Six with the 50mm f/4.0 CZJ Flektogon lens.

Oh, and I am happy to say that my A1 was cured of it’s shutter squeak (thank you, @random.salmon

~ Stian



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About The Author

Stian-René Espeland

My name is Stian , Norwegian born and bred in the great year of 86. I’ve spent most of my life sailing all over the world on merchant vessels, but the last three years I’ve been working on the coast of Norway. When I started working on the Norwegian coast I was struck by the beauty of it and I wanted to capture it all in photos so I bought my self a digital camera and learned how to use it. When my grandmother passed a year later I inherited a photo album. I was amazed at seeing these beautiful and “unperfect” black and white pictures of her as a teenager and I started thinking about how few real photos there were of me and my family to leave behind. I started the search for a vintage camera as I also wanted to make real pictures to leave behind, and this led me down the maelstrom that is analog photography. Which again has led me to this point…

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  1. Thank you Stian for putting this article together, its great to see some more images with the Silberra Pan 50, I am backing Silberra and its part of the perks package i have opted in for, so its great to see I made a wise choice 🙂 You did such a great job with the exposures and those images are just antastic ! I just hope I can get some shots close to that quality when the film becomes available.


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