Field notes – Rollei Superpan 200
With its expanded color sensitivity into the near infra-red range of the color spectrum, Aviphot Pan 200 offers excellent penetration through haze, fog and other atmospheric conditions…obviously, this yields an improved image contrast and therefore more information.
With the uniform distribution of the panchromatic sensitivity within the range of visible light, the terrain can be imaged very faithfully without having to revert to the use of special spectral recording filters.
With the film’s specific sensitization and its capability to reproduce small details and a flexible image contrast, different shades in the vegetation, waterfront shores and information in the shadow areas are rendered with outstanding detail.
|Name||Rollei Superpan 200
Agfa Superpan 200
Agfa Aviphot Pan 200
|Type||Black and white|
|Formats||35mm / 120|
|Exposure latitude||±2 stops|
|Push processing||2 stops|
What’s it really like? (the quick version)
Taken from our original review:
I first took this film out on a mildly sunny day, which quickly turned quite dull. I wanted to finished the roll quite quickly and get on with developing it, so perhaps I wasn’t as focused on “nailing the shot” as I should have been. Sometimes days just turn out that way.
When I viewed the scans I wasn’t immediately blown away by the results. Some shots popped out at me, others just didn’t move me in ways that other film does. In all fairness, it was probably my mood at the time. I love high contrast black and white and sometimes forget that not all film will produce those kinds of results straight off the bat.
In the months that have followed this roll, I’ve since come to really love tis film. Take a look below.
Flat light never does film any favors (the second image above). That said, the subject in this case provided the perfect counterpoint. The bland background helps highlight the mirror-like properties of the car out. In addition, the car’s front-right headlamp and the reflections on the bodywork (especially on the lower right) really show the detail this film is able to produce.
Personally, things get much, much better when this film is pushed on a sunny day. Read on for more.