When I first started shooting film back in 2018, I was curious to learn what other film stocks besides the standard stuff from Kodak and Fuji were available out there. So when I first read the story of Film Ferrania, I was fascinated!
You can read the full story here, but to briefly summarise: a group of enthusiasts bought the old Italian film factory building with the equipment that had been used to produce film for motion pictures back in the middle of 20th century with the idea to bring the production back from the dead.
Film Ferrania was used for 2 oscar-winning movies Two Women starring Sophia Lauren and 8-1/2 by Federico Fellini, among other popular movies of the era.
In 2014, a Kickstarter campaign was succesfully launched to produce the first limited batch of Film Ferrania P30 and was sold out very quickly. The actual product was delivered some time in 2017 and then was not available again.
So when I read that a new batch of this film was available for pre-order in 2018, I immediately ordered the maximum 10 rolls allowed for one person.
Once received, I was a bit hesitant to shoot it because of the low 80 ASA rating that would work best for sunny summer days. But when we planned a trip to Rotterdam this year, I finally decided to give it a try, and boy am I happy I’ve finally done this!
This film is notable for its ultra low grain that is barely visible and high silver content that produces high-contrast pictures with deep rich blacks - it’s character is unique and quite different from the more standard stuff from Ilford and Kodak.
I was extremely impressed with the results and once again thanked myself for having bought 10 rolls – this film is still in limited stock and not easy to get hold of.
Even though this film stock is not as versatile as Ilford HP5 or Kodak Tri-X400, I can confidently call this my most favorite black-and-white film. So if you find a chance to purchase it, please do, you will not regret it!
All shots above were shot with the Konica Hexar RF and a Carl Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2.8, metered at EI 50 and pushed 1/2 stop while developing with the Cinestill DF96 monobath.
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