Monday, February 10, 2014

FOMA 200 with New55

Nafis Azad, Bob Crowley, John Reuter, Ted McClelland
It was bad news when we learned that EFKE was going out of business. After the long and expensive trials of that emulsion with New55 it seemed we had to start again, but since that time we have qualified at least two potential 4x5 negative materials which consist of cubic-grained single layer emulsions in the 200 to 400 speed range.  Some decent results were obtained with the Shanghai 100: This gave us a result not far off the rated speed and a thin but very scannable negative.  Tri-X was next, expensive as it is, and produced a sharp, high contrast result and a speed of about ISO 200.  In this photograph, shot by Sam Hiser at New55 HQ in Ashland, MA, FOMA 200 was used. It works but is very sensitive to exposure seen here and on some other negatives that I have looked at, and the curve is a very strange one. Two minutes of development time at room temperature still results in a lot of solarization.  FOMA 200 is a T grain emulsion with a fairly soft gelatin, and for that reason the positive print (not shown) is darker than it ought to be. It might be possible to re-balance the positive and the negative by tweaking the developing reagent.  We had previously tried other T grain emulsions and found the positives to be far too dark. 

10 comments:

Peter said...

Looking pretty good.

Bainbridge said...

Keep the faith chaps. sounds promising.?

Allan Disney said...

I've stumbled on this project and am very excited. Type55 was my favourite working medium and have been broken hearted since it's demise!
Please do it as a Kickstarter project as there's a ready receptive and networked group of open minded and inspired investors. Impossible project have told me they will never do 55 as all that machinery was destroyed by Polaroid ! So please do it ......

Allan Disney said...

Please do the Kickstarter project

Allan Disney said...

I've stumbled on this project and am very excited. Type55 was my favourite working medium and have been broken hearted since it's demise!
Please do it as a Kickstarter project as there's a ready receptive and networked group of open minded and inspired investors. Impossible project have told me they will never do 55 as all that machinery was destroyed by Polaroid ! So please do it ......

Brandon said...

Beautiful guys!!! I'd rather have a dark positive than a dark neg or washed out print. You can always print down the neg. :)

Brandon said...

If you haven't already you should contact the new Kodak Alaris about what you are trying to do and see about a partnership of some sort. They are much smaller company now willing to take special orders and work out special pricing possibly if it will help their marketing...

Marcel said...

I'm following your blog for a while now, keep on! Just wanted to let you know you woke my spirits. Oh, good to see I'm not alone ;)

Doll Hausen said...

You guys totally kick ass for the work you've done so far! I think as you get the details worked out Kickstarter will be great. I still see boxes of 55 going up on ebay and people all over the world jumping in to get some so there's still a lot of interest.

Anonymous said...

I really hope this project gets off the ground! I've been occasionally buying type 55 from ebay, though its reliability is risky, would be awesome to have a fresh source from your New55.

It's sad that EFKE decided to close down, however I was reading that some of the EFKE fins were actually re-branded ADOX film, at least in the case of their CHS film, so it's entirely possible that all the research you've done with efke emulsion hasn't been wasted. Adox makes this film in 4x5 and 8x10 as CHS II ISO 100. Found this info here: http://www.adox.de/english/ADOX_Films/ADOX_Films/ADOX_CHS_Films.html