Since I returned to regular use of film, I have been keen to try different cameras and the films now available. KosmoFoto Mono 100 was a successful experiment and I now use this often. I have tried several films with low ISO, starting with ILFORD Pan F Plus and later their Ortho Plus, both with good results in my Hasselblad 500C/M. I also had a look at Rollei Ortho 25 Plus with less convincing results. I still have a roll in the fridge so will try again.

I recently saw an item online about the Fantôme Kino ISO 8 film from Lomography. How to resist? I bought 5 rolls. The only drawback was that this was 35mm only. I prefer 120 and had not used my 35mm cameras in a while. I keep my gear in a cupboard that protects from humidity.  I tried the Mamiya-Sekor DTL1000 first. It produced some good images, but the electric meter is less trustworthy now.  

The Nikon F3, that a group of former students (now all with PhDs) bought for me needed new batteries, but performed well. Its lowest setting is ISO 12. After advice from EM, I set the camera with +2 stops to work with the film.  I also checked with the shop I use, but they had none of the recommended developers.  Kodak D-96 was the closest and I was told they have D-76. 

I took most of the first roll in central Bangkok, with a couple on my way to the BTS Skytrainmetro rail system. The 50mm lens the students also bought has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, which seems well suited to this film, but depth of field was affected. The results were mixed, perhaps due to the developer used, but were generally pleasing, giving me a sense of film noir.  Contrast is high as expected, but some of the output suggests I need to expose a little more on the high side: time is of the essence.  With 36 exposures, I had a few failures but put another roll in the camera right away.  I have hopes (slight) that Lomo will come out with a 120 version of this film.

Thanks for reading,

~ Graham

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Graham Rogers

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a...

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