So, after reading Hamish’s post about his trials with P3200, I thought I would write about my recent experience with the film. I selected my EOS 3 for the test bed as it’s no different from a modern DSLR and lets me use my current favorite focal length, 40mm. It also has a system called Eye Control built into the viewfinder. This tracks your eye and will focus to where you’re looking. The system is a bit temperamental and in dark conditions it struggles to pick out where you’re looking. I think that’s down to the expansion of your pupil, though I could be wrong. For my lens choice I went with my Canon 40mm f/2.8. I really like this lens as its as sharp as you’ll ever need for film this grainy and is small enough to not upset the weight distribution.
I expect to the shock of many on here, I have never shot a Kodak B&W film before. Shot plenty of colour, however for some reason I’ve never tried their single layer offerings. Given that P3200 was relatively new and me needing a fast film for an upcoming model show I was shooting at, I though I would be a good opportunity to give it a go.
It was relatively easy to shoot the film. Shooting at EI 3200 gave me decent shutter speeds of around 1/250 at f5.6. However, I feel that I should have paid more attention to the lighting. As after developing, I noticed that some of the negatives were a bit thin. I chalk that up to my fault and not the film. The idea was to use Xtol at 20°c, however due to the cold water being hotter than I anticipated, instead I developed it at 24°c for 9 ½ minutes. Scanning was done on a Flextight X1
Overall I enjoyed using the film. I think I will use it again, though I’ll try and refine my shooting hopefully produce better results next time.
Thanks for reading!