Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film

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Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film

B&H # EFKB5036 Mfr # 191365
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Efke KB50 Black and White 135mm film is manufactured using classic emulsions with very high silver content. This results in a large exposure latitude and superior grayscale reproduction. The Efke 25, 50 and 100 films are made using the ADOX formulas that were first introduced back in the 1950s.

Efke products are true to their rated speed. Unlike modern flat crystal films, which are very unforgiving to use, these films allow beginners to produce quality images. The nature of the film also easily allows large, grain free, enlargements to be made from negatives.

Made in Croatia
Efke roll films are coated on a polyester base (100 microns plus coating)
Type 135-36 mm black and white negative film
Speed ISO 50
Applications Fine-grain prints
Process Treat the wet emulsion with extreme care; Efke recommends the use of hardener in the stop bath or fixer; Never use a stop-bath with a higher concentration than 2% -- in fact, Efke recommends the use of plain water in place of a stop bath; If exposed to film's regular speed of ISO 50, the following developing times apply: Kodak D76/ID-11 = 7 Minutes; If ISO 50 film is exposed to ISO 100 for increased speed and optimum differentiation of highlights, the following developing times apply: Kodak D76/ID-11 = 9-10 Minutes
Color Saturation Not applicable
Grain Fine
Sharpness High
Exposure Latitude Wide
Push/Pull Do NOT over-expose Efke Emulsions; This film is not recommended for pull processing

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EfkeKB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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  • Sharp (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (4)
    • Travel (3)
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      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    4.0

    decent b and w. Give it a shot

    By earl the pearl

    from chicago, il

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Less shadow detail

    Best Uses

    • Casual use

    Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

    I used this film out of sheet curiosity. I had no particular goal in mind when shooting. I agree with what most people say about this being a particularly sensitive film subject to curling in the dark room. In that respect (and if you scan your negatives), I would prefer foma, neopan, or any of the kodak b&ws over this. I don't know if it's just me, but I find that efke 50 is lacking in shadow detail. I will say that it is fairly sharp, though.

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    5.0

    A Great Old-Style Black and White

    By kokoshawnuff

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Fine grain
    • Reliable Tonal Range
    • Scans Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

      Efke makes one of my favorite all-time films with their 50 and 100 iso. It has a high silver content and a very fine grain. I self develop, but have heard stories about scratching,so make sure to use an archival rinse and take the manufacturers suggestion by using just cool water as the stop bath.

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      5.0

      great film

      By Brain

      from Athens, OH

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artwork
        • Travel

        Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

        very sharp

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        5.0

        Reasonable Classic Style Film

        By eggeberth

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

              Efke is my 135 of choice. It has a great silver content and a relatively fine grain with KB100 and very fine grain with KB25. It's soft and easily scratches, so follow the manufacturers' instructions and use a fixer with a hardener.

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              5.0

              Great Film!

              By Chotch

              from Georgia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Sharp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artwork

                Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

                Very much the amateur, I've searched to find toys to improve my photography at an affordable price. Low speed BW films are expensive from camera stores, so this is a great alternative.

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                5.0

                Now is Adox!!!

                By Flavius

                from Rome, ITALY

                Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

                This legendary old school film, now have the correct name Adox CHS 50 (was Efke), in the past is called Adox KB 17. On Adox[@] you find technical info, english is partial.

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                5.0

                Classic 50's B&W film today!

                By SET Man

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Reliable Tonal Range

                Cons

                • Thin emulsion

                Best Uses

                • Artwork
                • Home
                • Travel

                Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

                Great B&W film with classic '50s look and feel. Love to use this in my vintage '50s cameras or with my modern camera for a bit more classic look and feel.

                Not as tack-sharp as modern T-grain film but it is a more forgiving film. Easy to work with, I just use it good old D76. Great smooth tonality range.

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                5.0

                Very good!!

                By Vieri

                from Istanbul, Turkey

                About Me Professional

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                Pros

                • Scans Well
                • Sharp
                • Very good tonal range

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Efke KB50 Black and White 135-36 Size Film:

                    Very good tonal range, true ISO 50 in PC-Tea & 510-Pyro, ISO 50-80 in Diafine. Good low speed film, tones & ease of use seems a little better than Pan F+. No problem with scratches using a hardening fixer, but it might be a problem with non-hardening fixers (others reported, I didn't check)

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