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What black and white films are available?

Once upon a time, the world of black and white photography was fairly straightforward. Basically, the company that made the film put its own name on the packet. If something said Kodak, Ilford, Fuji, Agfa, Konica or whatever then you usually knew who the creator was. Nowadays, the situation is cloudier than that and it's not always easy to say in which coating plant a particular film had its origins.

I don't think anything has changed for Kodak but the others all require a little detective work to establish their origins - and even then the goalposts shift all the time. I'm going to list the black and white films that are available in the UK (it's difficult to say what the story is in other markets as there sometimes isn't the same information available on the internet).  I wanted to do this as it was something that caused me a lot of confusion when I returned to film. This list will be as inclusive as I can make it but it might be that I'll miss a film here or there in which case I'd appreciate an EMAIL to let me know. I'll also try to keep it as up to date as possible and, again, all and any offers of information or news about the state of the film industry will be welcomed with open arms.

Some of the films listed below are available in sizes other than the ones specified. In particular, Ilford and Adox make a range of other sizes such as 5x7 and 9x12cm.

Manufacturer     Brand                        Format                             Speed

Adox                  CHS 25 ART               35mm/120/5x4/10x8               25
Adox                  CHS 50 ART               35mm/120/5x4/10x8               50
Adox                  CHS 100 ART             35mm/120/5x4/10x8              100
Adox                  CMS 20                       35mm/120                             20
Adox                  Pan 25                         35mm/5x4/10x8                     25
Adox                  Ortho 25                      35mm/120/5x4/10x8               25
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Agfa                   APX 100                     35mm                                  100
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Efke                   Infra Red                     35mm/120/5x4/10x8           820nm*
Ekfe                   Infra Red Aura**         35mm/120/5x4/10x8           820nm*
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Foma                  Fomapan 100              35mm/120/5x4/10x8              100
Foma                  Fomapan 200              35mm/120                            200
Foma                  Fomapan 400              35mm/120/5x4/10x8              400 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fuji                     Neopan Acros 100      35mm/120                           100
Fuji                     Neopan 400                35mm                                  400
Fuji                     Neopan 1600               35mm                                1600
Fuji                     Neopan 400 NC          35mm/120                           400
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Ilford                   Delta Pro 100             35mm/120/5x4/10x8             100
Ilford                   Delta Pro 400             35mm/120                           400
Ilford                   Delta 3200                 35mm/120                          3200
Ilford                   Pan F Plus                  35mm/120                            50
Ilford                   FP4 Plus                    35mm/120/5x4/10x8             125
Ilford                   HP5 Plus                    35mm/120/5x4/10x8            400
Ilford                   XP2 Super                  35mm/120                           400
Ilford                   SFX ***                     35mm/120                           200
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Kentmere            100                            35mm                                 100
Kentmere            400                            35mm                                 400
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Kodak                  TMax 100                 35mm/120/5x4                     100
Kodak                  TMax 400                 35mm/120/5x4/10x8             400  
Kodak                  TMax P3200             35mm                                3200
Kodak                  Tri X                         35mm/120/5x4                     400
Kodak                   BW 400 CN             35mm                                 400
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Rollei                    Pan 25                      35mm/120                           25
Rollei                    Retro 100                 35mm/120                           100
Rollei                    Retro 400                 35mm/120                           400
Rollei                    ATP                         35mm                                  25
Rollei                    Infra Red                 35mm/120/5x4                     400
Rollei                    RPX 100                  120                                     100
Rollei                    RPX 400                  120                                     400
Rollei                    Retro 400S ***         35mm/120                           400

(Rollei branded films seem to be the hardest to keep track of and this listing will probably need some revision as certain films disappear and others return.)

* Red sensitivity
** No anti-halation backing
*** Extended red sensitivity

8 comments :

Matt said...

Just for the curiosity there are few b&w films that are sold under different names. For example Agfa APX 100 is actually the same film as Rollei Retro 100. Kentmere 100 & 400 are the same as Rollei RPX 100 & 400.

You are also missing Efke's very nice 25/50/100 films but that's fine because Adox CHS films are just the same, only rebranded.

It's also good to note that some of the films on your list have been discontinued but you can still find them on sale. Rollei Retro 400 (it's actually Agfa APX 400) is one such film. Fuji, I think, only manufactures Acros 100 these days but Neopan 400/1600 can still be found on the shelves.

BRUCE ROBBINS said...

Thanks for dropping by Matt. The black and white film situation is a right guddle and I have difficulty keeping up with it to be honest. Good to see you're keeping a close eye on things.

I wasn't sure if Efke's 25/50/100 films were still available as my usual suppliers, Silverprint and AG Photographic, no longer list them. If you can confirm that they can still be bought, I'll add them to the list even though, as you say, they're covered by the Adox brand,

Re. Fuji Acros - I think you're right that only the 100 ISO speed is made now but Silverprint and AG both have stocks of the faster films so I'll list them until they run out.

I really appreciate you taking the time to point these things out. It'll help me keep the list as up to date as possible and that'll be a benefit particularly for photographers just starting out on the film scene.

Anonymous said...

All the Adox CHS & Efke films have been discontinued, as Fotokemika in Croatia have recently stopped production. A few dealers still have stocks. Fuji Neopan 1600 is gone but Neopan 400 is available again in 35mm. It may be coming back in 120 (following an ingredient change) but this isn't clear. The 400 CN (C41 process) us still available (it's made for them by someone else). Ilford also have Pan 100 & Pan 400 in 35mm only. These are made for certain markets only and Ilford insist they are not the same as their other products.

Orwo ISO 400 movie film (made in Germany)is being repackaged in 35mm cassettes for still use for Bergger, a French company, but not seen yet on UK market. Kodak TMax P3200 is discontinued. There are some Chinese manufacturers, often available on ebay. Easiest to obtain is Lucky ISO 100 in 35mm & 120. Their ISO 400 version seems discontinued. Also someone is Shanghai makes or made a 120 film called GP3. Unfortunately Era PSS 100, a very good 35mm film also from China seems out of production.

Your Rollei list is out of date. These are usually repackaged aerial films & the like from Agfa-Gevaert in Belgium. I don't know enough to update it.

Lomograph also have a range of B&W films and its difficult to know where they source these. The new 110 size Lomograph Orca ISO 100 film is said to be repackaged Orwo movie film, but packed in China. There is a rival in 110 size with the strange name of Fukkatsu, which is said to be repackaged Lucky film.

Foma make a B&W reversal film in 35mm & various movie sizes called R100.

Finally it should be said that the AGFA APX 100 film is the remnents of the last production run made in Germany around 2005 and deep frozen. Supplies are finite but Adox are proposing to bring out their own version & an ISO 400 improvement on APX 400 at some point.

Pete

BRUCE ROBBINS said...

Superb, Pete. Thanks very much for that. I've been a bit slack when it comes to updating the list!

Al Denholm said...

I shot some Kentmere 100 during the Edinburgh fringe festival this year,I was surprised how good it was for the money,developed in D76 stock solution,I'll happily post some examples Bruce,,if that's ok?,and if I can figure out how to upload them onto your site

BillB said...

I have been having a nostalgia trip thinking about taking b & w pix again. I thought about trying some of the exotic stuff, but when it comes down to it, TMAX 100 is excellent, and I used a ton of it in my pro days. I don't like the pink problem, so maybe I will try some Ilford 100. Long rolls only in 35mm. I have also toyed with the idea of buying a 400-foot roll of Super XX motion picture film while I still can get it. I am also going to buy Ilford Ortho in 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 since Kodak removed Commercial from my old arsenal. Cheers

BRUCE ROBBINS said...

Hi Bill,

Thanks for leaving a comment. I can recommend Delta 100. I've been really impressed with it when developed in Spur Acurol-N although that's not the easiest developer to get hold of. Super XX sounds interesting and seems to be attracting quite a following.

Anonymous said...

Decided it was time to shoot some film again and wondered what alternatives to my old stand-by, FP4, were available.
Tried Foma a while back and, having read your review, will probably try some of the Adox films soon.
Thanks for all the info.