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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by studioesper, Jul 2, 2012.
Anyone tried the new Fukkatsu 110 format b&w 100iso (and color400iso) films?
Where are they available?
Not yet. There are a couple of guys on Flickr that have some and will be posting soon.
I did a quick interview with their rep "Films Reborn" and he answered some questions about the film. I hope to get some film soon to test it out myself, but pretty cool if there is another maker of 110 film. This stuff has backer paper!
Check out my blog for more info:
google search shows only this thread, and some horror motion picture.
There was a seller on flickr a few weeks back, but did not investigate further.
there is also this blog posting from yesterday
Try this link http://lightsquared.tumblr.com/post/26355012693/110-format-is-alive-films-reborn-interview
So that leads to a flicker user...
who has a bunch of shots of white film boxes. taken with an Olympus Pont and shoot digital camera.
This is perhaps some sort of interest test?
I doubt that I would be ordering without having some idea of who is behind this?
I ordered one roll about a week and a half ago, just to see if he was for real. So far, I haven't got anything, but it's shipping from Hong Kong, so I'll give it another week before writing it off as a scam.
sorry i try post the info days before, but am not allowed to use links I think. further later post cmacd123 and chamon88 had the links i planed to post.
Dude has been spamming various Flickr groups with the pictures of these (obviously Chinese made) films.
Buy it at your own peril (or support quality film manufacturers instead).
So who are the quality manufacturers of 110 film we are meant to be supporting? And what is wrong with Chinese film?
This seems interesting. I have a local store here in Japan that sells all kinds of 110 cameras. They have one that is just a small box that goes over the actual film part. I have been holding off buying it due to no black and white film available that I can develop myself. This might be a solution to that problem.
Someone on flickr has received a roll, shot it and posted examples http://www.flickr.com/groups/ishootfilm/discuss/72157630395022016/ so probably not a scam. They tried a stand dev in HC-110 dilution J (1:150) as there appears to be little processing info out there. The results look promising if 110 is your cup of tea. The cartridges are apparently different from the Lomography Orca film released recently.
I'm all for new/old film formats where ever they come from. These guys, who ever they are, aren't going to be challenging Kodak or Fuji in the 110 market are they?!
My thoughts are to firly be somewhat sceptical, but to alos wonder if their is actually something behind this. the colour negative is listed as 400. the only known sino-colour stock is Lucky 200, so could this represent a film that has not been sold outside China? or perhaps some other maker we have not encountered?
even if it is some small shop who is packing someone else's film in 110, being able to buy it is worth something, I have even been tempted to pay the fairly high prices of the ORCA film just to see. I have some Fujicolour 200 in my freezer in 110, but getting it processed is a bit of a hassle these days as many labs don't offer the service for film that technically is not made and is all out of date by now.
So I am watching with interest and caution. I would limit myself to using paypal if having to buy from a supplier I did not know.
I have recently come across another Chinese manufacturer of colour negative film called Huatianfu Industrial Development Co., Ltd. of Shantou who apparently manufacture the film in Guangdong, China. Their brand is called Sunny and is available in 35mm only and in 100 and 200 ISO speeds. The film is available on ebay. Whether they actually do manufacture it themselves, or whether it is rebadged Lucky I have no idea. Nor do I know if they are behind these new 110 films but it is, I suppose, a possibility. Trying to find out the facts about any Chinese photographic manufacturer always seems to be surprisingly difficult!
Many here in the U.S. have been discussing what the new Lomography Orca and Color Tiger films are. Maybe Sunny is what it is.
I have ordered BW and color (both 100 and 400) and received a tracking number from HK. Now I am waiting. A manager I communicated with told me that BW is Lucky and color is Kodak (Ektar & Portra or something like Gold?).
FUKKATSU. I can hear Beavis & Butthead's inimitable chortling.
For 110 shooters, maybe a call to Blue Moon Camera & Machine, in Portland, OR might help you.
They have long specialized in lost formats, and may have a heads-up on this film.
Blue Moon Camera & Machine:
8417 North Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203 USA
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Does this film have the perforations? I'd think that is the difficult step in making correct 110 film. Anyone can split up some not perforated film to 16mm. I believe the lack of easily perforating the film is the reason we are limited in finding double-8 movie film (another 16mm film).
Anyway I just got 100 feet of fresh 16mm Tri-X negative film from the on-line Kodak site. That is enough for about 50 rolls of Minolta-16 cartridge film. Works out to about sixty-cents per roll.
The 110 Orca B&W film has the correct perforations and pre-exposed frames. I would assume the Color Tiger would also. The Color Tiger is advertised to have the proper, numbered backing paper, while the Orca has no backing paper. You have to keep track of the exposures.
I just received both of these emulsions. They told me that the black and white is Lucky and the color is Kodak. The cassettes are pretty nice and heavy. They have Fukkatsu imprinted in them.
The Fukkatsu films are now available in the US from at least two dealers - see:-
and if you want to pay more for the same product:-
No sign of them in the UK yet unfortunately, but hopefully someone will have the initiative to stock them. Meanwhile back in the US Frugal Photographer apparently haven't woken up to the fact that new 110 films are available and all their site currently offers is long outdated stock.
Not sure, Ultrafine wants 60 dollars to ship one roll to Canada, My guess is that with those terms, Bluemoon will probably be cheaper by a long shot.