Bergger Pancro 400 - Film Review

Pancro 400
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3.0 rating
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4.3 rating
Brand Bergger
Format35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10
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GrainFine - Coarse
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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 Pancro400 in 135 is coated on a 135 microns acetate base and includes DX Coding. It is designed with an anti-curling layer and undercoated anti-halation layer which clarifies during processing and gives the film it a very high resolution.

Pancro400 main characteristics can be described by thin grain, strong acutance, wide dynamic limits, extended range of grey scale and a large exposure allowance from ISO 100 to 1600.

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Current favorite b&w film

5.0 rating
August 30, 2020

Since my return to film photography, I’ve tried Fuji Acros II, Ilford FP4 and Bergger. Bergger was by far the best with excellent contrast and grain. Prints and scans were fine straight out of the camera. I am extremely impressed with this film and I’m about to shoot a roll in 120 format.

Thomas Janowski

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My Go-To Fave 400 ISO Film

5.0 rating
November 12, 2019

I loved the old Bergger films, especially the now-defunct ISO 200 (bring it back, please!). I started shooting this new version as soon as it was released. I have shot in in 35mm, 120 and 4×5. I have developed it in Pyro 510, Caffenol CM (stand development), Rodinal (stand and regular) and Berspeed. I liked the tonality and contrast, especially in Berspeed and Caffenol CM. I need a flexible film because I shoot a lot of Holga work with it. I love it in my natural light studio in 4×5 and 120. As long as I am very careful with maintaining temperature in all chemicals and baths, the grain is pleasing to my eye. I also prefer a punchy contrast, which I usually achieve with this. If I can’t shoot this, it’s HP5+.

CB Adams