Ferrania Ferrania P30 - Film Review

Ferrania P30
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Rated 2 out of 5
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Rated 3.8 out of 5
Brand Ferrania
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GrainFine - Coarse
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Do you like fine grain and very strong contrast?  Ferrania P30 might be the black & white film for you. When shooting with this Italian made 80 iso Panchromatic film you want to be careful not to shoot in contrary light because you can easily blowout the highlights. We recommend shooting this film in even light if possible and with its’ high contrast it will bring dull, evenly light scenes to life!

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Rated 3.8 out of 5
3.8 out of 5 stars (based on 8 reviews)
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Can there be too much contrast?

Rated 1 out of 5
November 25, 2021

I love high contrast film and overall darker than typical images. I haven’t met a high contrast film I didn’t like…until now. Some images were acceptable overall. Most images contained black or white and no tonal range in between. This film reminds me of Kodak b&w infrared….glowing whites and not detail solid blacks. Maybe I just need to shoot another roll…maybe not.


Terrible film

Rated 1 out of 5
March 14, 2021

I have nothing but respect for what Ferrania is trying to do, but if I’m being objective, P30 is just a terrible film. To get a usable image you have to read through various articles of people trying different developers, because they too can’t get a usable image, and then crossing your fingers that your negatives aren’t completely duotone black and white without any grays. Hard pass.


Great Image, some problems

Rated 4 out of 5
August 27, 2020

My preferred BW film. Strong contrast, very fine grain, beautiful when shot at box speed or pushed.
I buy extra rolls. I use an autowinder camera and about 1 time out of 4 it will rip the film out of the canister completely when loading the roll. Annoying but the images are worth the gamble.