Monday, May 17, 2010

Ultrafine + ISO 100, aka Lucky film

Juliet at Curtis Park

This image was made with Ultrafine + 100 film from Photo Warehouse. Many clues suggest it is re-labelled Lucky film from China, but I have no direct evidence it is. The film is wrapped in a black backing paper with no band to secure it once exposed (120 format), just a small and inadequate peel and stick square at the end of the paper backing itself. Don't trust it! I did with my first roll, and it came undone, fogging several frames. The film has a nasty curl to it that makes it difficult to load onto reels for processing, and dries into a tube after processing, complicating printing or scanning. There are no edge markings on the film, nor is there anything on the backing paper to identify the film once removed from the cheap, foil wrapper. These problems are enough to dissuade me from buying more once my current supply runs out, and that's a shame, because the film is actually very nice; it's sharp, fine grained, and true to its box speed, but so is Fuji Acros, which suffers none of the skimpiness of this budget film. I've finally learned my lesson regarding budget films, and will stock Fuji Acros as my slow film, and TMY-2 as my fast film, and I could do without the Acros, in most circumstances, and all formats except 35mm. Those more tolerant of handling quirks might find the following information useful.

Film: Ultrafine + 100
ISO: 100
Format: 120
Developer: GSD-10
Dilution: 1:5
Time: 7:30
Temp: 70F
Agitation: 10 sec/ minute, inversion


Jim said...

In this photo and the other one of Juliet, I am struck by how the shadow side of her face is clearly visible and not overly dark. With the lighting so strong from a single directon it could have come out very dark on the shadow side but it didn't. Do you attribute this to GSD-10 and the stand development?

Jim said...

My error, I see you did not use stand development on this photo. Is GDS-10 reducing the contrast of what would otherwise be harsh lighting?

jdef said...

Hi Jim,

This photo was made using a light colored wall as a fill light, which greatly reduced the lighting ratio. That being said, I do find GSD-10 to be soft working, in general, though it is capable of very high contrast with extended development. The photo of Juliet in window light was stand developed (over developed by about 2X) and shows how forgiving this developer can be.