Ferrania Ferrania P30 - Film Review

Ferrania P30
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4.8 rating
Brand Ferrania
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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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Like going back in time..., in good way.

5.0 rating
June 9, 2020

While I am only one roll through this offering. What I see I like very much. The blacks are very black and the whites are very white. I’m not seeing a lot of grey tones and actually like that. It has that old film look from another era–think Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, La Dolce Vita. My first attempt was with DDX for 15min with constant gentle rotation 1+6 dilution and scanned with Epson V850. Excited for the next roll.


Great shadows scale and a new b&w feeling

5.0 rating
March 30, 2020

I tryed this film in Street Photo in medioeval cities.
Developed in d76 I obtained a good scale of gray expecially in shadows. I alwsys fit a yellow filter on my lenses. The home water photographers use for the developer (I have never understood how) has a role on the results on traditional bw film.

Michele Mengoli

A slice of cinema in film photography

5.0 rating
March 12, 2020

The term “cinematic” is often nauseatingly used without true intention, but this film undoubtedly fits the adjective. Though it requires greater consideration than more latitudinally gifted B&W film stocks, the results achievable on P30 cannot be matched by competitors. The tones are unbelievably rich, like swimming through a bath of chocolate, and even with its high contrast there is more detail than expected in mixed lighting situations. In fact, despite all the warnings about its peskiness, I have been able to shoot indoors and in bright sun with hard shadows without losing information where it counts. It’s not for everyone and certainly not for every situation, but I’m so glad Ferrania is back in business with P30.