Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Bergger Pancro 400 ISO Film

Just when all of us thought that film was dead, Kodak came up with the news that Ektachrome was going to be re-introduced and now we have a new 400 ISO film from Bergger. Bergger is better  know for its baryta papers and chemicals but this  new film can offer some competition to the king of ISO 400 emulsions Kodak Tri X.

The Bergger web site describes the film as under:

BERGGER Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film, composed with silver bromide and silver iodide. They differ by the size of their grain. These properties allow a wide exposure latitude.  Crystals are precipitated by double-jet process, under the control of a computer. The two emulsions are panchromatic, and are stabilized by high tech systems.
BERGGER Pancro 400 in 135 is coated on a 135 microns acetate base and includes DX Coding. It is designed with an undercoated anti-halation layer which clarifies during processing, and a anti-curling layer.
Processed in every developer, BERGGER Pancro 400 exhibits outstanding results, in term of grain size, detail rendition, and greyscale.

The web site also provides these images which gives us an idea of how the film will perform in different conditions:

But recently Kodak was selling is leading 400 ISO Tri X on amazon at a price of $8.88 per roll while Ilford HP 5 another  competitor was similarly priced. The web site does not give the price of the new Bergger film and its availability.

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