This spring I stumbled upon FPP PolyPan F over at the Film Photography Project blog store. Their description of the film is, “PolyPan F – perfect for creating dreamy portraits or soft, lush landscapes. Polypan F is actually motion picture copy film, that has little to no anti-halation layer, and can give beautiful bloom effects in bright light.” I liked the idea of the highlight bloom on a B&W film and decided to give a roll a try.
My overall thoughts about this film is a nice different feel for personal work – I don’t think it’s up to the standards I desire for my client film work however. The last few images didn’t have some scratches in the film and I’d never want to see that in a paid shoot. It’s a slow film, ISO 50 – and mixed with a yellow filter you’re pretty much shooting at ISO25 – which I love since it allows me to shoot pretty much wide open even in bright light. Mixed with the Leica though I can still shoot hand held at 1/15th of a second wide open for a wonderful look and feel.
To me one of the biggest things I don’t like is it’s limited to 24 exposure rolls, since the labs don’t charge per shot scanned but by roll I feel as though I’m paying too much for developing when I only get 24 images back instead of the usual 36.