I just checked, I posted my review of the first of the two rolls of Ferrania P30 I got as a reward for backing the guys in Italy on August the 21. 2017. That shows that I was not too keen to waste my time with this film after the first roll.
I finally managed to shoot the second roll in my Leica IIIa and here’s my final verdict. Mind you, this is MY verdict. Yours might be totally different.
Let me start by saying that normally I like grainy film. And this one is definitely not of the grainy breed. Ferrania P30 is extraordinarily fine grained, just as you might expect from a rather low ISO film. But this is not determining my verdict. I accept the fact that there are finer grained films around. I’m not a racist…
Then again, I like high contrast in films. If you stroll through my posts with black and white photos you will quickly come to this conclusion too. This, by the way, is the total opposite from what I expect of color film. With color I want soft, looks, muted colors…. definitely no high contrast.
So then Ferrania’s P30 might be all I want from film, regarding contrast. No?
Well, really, NO!
OK, I like contrast but I also like to have control over it. And this Ferrania emulsion is high contrast by nature. If I have a ‘normal’ film like say Fomapan 100 / Kosmo Foto 100, I get results where I can steer the contrats just where I like it. Not so much here. The high contrast is built in.
Or rather ‘Basta’!
I definitely don’t want to say it’s a bad film. No way! Ferrania P30 is great! There, write that down! It’s a great emulsion!
But it’s not great for me as it exceeds what I demand from film. It won’t give me no choice.
I simply can not imagine using this emulsion for landscapes for example. Except perhaps in the few very dramatic moments nature offers us. But not for regular landscape shots. I can’t imagine using it for most portraits also as it won’t give me the fine tuning I need to apply. I think using too much of this film will simply be…. too much! To my taste anyways.
So where does this film come in? Perhaps in street photography, but then again.. it might be too much.
Some few very graphical views might work… like this:
Or this one:
Fine grain if you ever need it!
But then it’s quite a niche film. I’m sorry guys, I applaud the great (though VERY slow) work you did down there in Italy, but alas this is not for me. But that’s just my very own personal opinion. Yours might be totally different and I’d be happy to hear from you.
What’s your take on Ferrania P30?
Leave your comments and thanks a lot for reading this.