As I write this in April 2020, I understand that many of us are still under stay at home orders. During this quarantine period, I have not much freedom to go out for photo walk but that’s not stopped me from explore. There’s always a kinda ‘itchy’ feeling to do this or that during this time. Meanwhile, the safest way I can do is to explore objects I have found around the house.
Sadly, earlier this year — as we all know — there have been price increases for some film stocks. So I have had to look for other alternatives at a cheaper price without too much sacrifice in quality. This lead me to try some rolls from a Chinese manufacturer: Shanghai GP3 ISO 100 film.
I grabbed a roll and loaded it into my Rolleiflex 3.5F, shot at EI 100 and developed it in Pyrocat MC for 20 minutes with minimal agitation. I found that for a cheap film it’s sharp enough, has good contrast and is not too curly when it’s dried (as some folks have mentioned).
A little tip, I think it’s better to dry the negative in a room with a not-too-cold temperature, here in my place in Jakarta, Indonesia, the temperature is about 27-29 Celcius, this might factor in the film curl. I’ve tried some combinations with this film using various other developers like Rodinal, Caffenol, and ILFORD DDX. All came out quite well at box speed.
I once tried to push it to EI 400 and the result is quite contrasty and lost speed. So from personal experience, I feel I’d better rate this film at EI 100 to get the best out of it. The other thing I don’t like from Shanghai GP3 is the film base, it’s very thin and I’m afraid this could affect to long term quality. For those who looking for cheap low-speed film stocks, I think GP3 could count as an alternative.
I haven’t spoken about the quality of Fuji NEOPAN 100 ACROS or ILFORD Delta 100 Professional here but later, if this pandemic is over, and I want to go around just having fun shooting film then this roll will definetly go into my bag.
I hope you enjoyed my 5 Frames from Jakarta during lockdown.
Want to submit your own 5 Frames...?
Go right ahead, submissions are open! Get your 5 frames featured on by submitting your 350+ word article by either using this Google form or by sending an email via the contact link at the top of the page.
This series is produced in conjunction with Hamish Gill's excellent 35mmc.com. Head on over to read the other half of these stories there.
Share your knowledge, story or project
At the heart of EMULSIVE is the concept of helping promote the transfer of knowledge across the film photography community. You can support this goal by contributing your thoughts, work, experiences and ideas to inspire the hundreds of thousands of people who read these pages each month. Check out the submission guide here.
If you like what you're reading you can also help this personal passion project by heading on over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page and giving as little as a dollar a month. There's also print and apparel over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique photographs available for purchase.