Spring memories on 6x9 format JCH Pan 400 film
Autumn has arrived but I was thinking about some photographic experiences earlier this year. In these photos, snow had mostly molten, though there were not many signs of grass coming out of the ground. Spring arrived nearly two weeks later than usual.
I was testing an unfamiliar film, the JCH Pan 400 that I had bought almost 2 years earlier, yet for some reason it was not leaving the fridge. I had seen some sample photos with deep blacks and good contrast but I had no expectations about what the results could be like, so I tried some fairly easy subjects. I used my foldable medium format camera, so this meant landscapes only. (If only I had a medium format SLR...)
There are some weird streaks in the sky, which I suspect are issues with the agitation during development. I was using a new tank that was leaking chemicals when turned upside down, so I had to limit the motion to mostly moving and swirling it back and forth.
The amount of grain was higher than expected. I was suspecting that this might be an expired re-branded film but JCH, aka Japan Camera Hunter, used an Agfa surveillance film formula and manufactured it anew by them.
As they mention, the film has a good exposure latitude and there is detail in the sky. I have not used a filter.
I was very pleased with the tonality. The grain is a bit high for my taste, but the large 6x9 frames are hiding some of it. I would personally avoid it in 35mm format, but I know that some people do not mind granularity.
Have you used JCH yourself?
|Camera||Belca Belfoca I|
|Lens||Meritar 105mm f4.5|
|Film||JCH Pan 400|
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