Arista EDU Ultra 400 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 100' Roll)

Arista EDU Ultra 400 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 100' Roll)

Arista EDU Ultra 400 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 100' Roll)

B&H # AR190410 MFR # 190410
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Product Highlights

  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • 400/27° in Standard Process
  • Fine Grain and High Sharpness
  • Wide Exposure Latitude
  • Designed for General Use
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Arista's EDU Ultra 400 Black and White Negative Film is a traditional panchromatic film that is optimized for use in a range of shooting conditions. It has a fine grain with high sharpness as well as a wide exposure latitude that make is a useful film for most environments. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27° when developed in standard black and white chemistry, and responds well to push processing. EDU Ultra is a flexible film type that is ideally suited for use in general photographic applications.

This item is one 100' roll of 35mm format film.

UPC: 614572904101
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Arista Ultra specs

Film Format 35mm
Film Type Panchromatic B&W Negative
Film Speed ISO 400
Film Processing Standard Black and White Chemistry
Number of Rolls 1
Roll Length 100' / 30.48 m
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.2 x 4.1 x 2.0"

Arista Ultra reviews

EDU Ultra 400 Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 100' Roll) is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A BW film For every day use that doesn't break the bank If you are like me, you save your fancy expensive films for special occasions and use something more affordable for day-to-day shooting. Arista EDU Ultra is actually quite capable of being both fancy and day-to-day as a film.This film is comparable to many of the other BW films out there with some grain to them including Tri-X, ORWO N74+ and others. It's tone can also mimic these films as well. How grainy and how much contrast your shots have is all about exposure and the developer you use. I find this film works outstandingly well using Adonal/Rodinal and is also quite nice in Kodak D76. The key is to be gentle when agitating if you self-develop.Don't quote me on this, but I am pretty sure that this film is Fomapan 400 film repackaged. I've used both and they appear to be identical in look and developing times. This is a good thing, because Fomapan 400 is a good day-to-day film and gives good results for your casual photo needs, and Arista EDU Ultra 400 is a little bit cheaper at the time of this review being written.Why 100' rolls over 24 or 36 exposure rolls? Well for starters, rolling your own film means you can put as many or as little frames onto a cassette as you wish. I like to do my rolls at around 25-28 exposures, allowing for leader and tail in the cassette. This gives me somewhere around 20-22 rolls of film out of a 100' roll. Doing the math, that's just over $2 a roll. That alone makes the film worth checking out if you haven't already.I also like that because it is so affordable, I am free to explore and try new things when I shoot. I don't feel like I am wasting shots and money because it's cost per frame is so low. For you Lomographers, this is a bonus since we tend to get a little crazy shooting anyway.If you are a more serious shooter, this film is also going to fit your needs. Don't expect Kodak TMax's tight grain, or Kodak Tri-X's beautiful grain here, this film is in its own world and the images stand on their own without needing to be compared to other films.Like many BW films, this one also has a nice latitude for exposure, with +/- around 2 stops comfortably available to push or pull the film. It can be shot easily at 1600 and pushed in developing to 1600 and get nice results, or shot at 100 and developed accordingly. Speaking of latitude, the grain in this film is also quite controllable. If you want a bit more grainy shots, develop in D76 and agitate a little more aggressively. If you want tighter grain, use more gentle agitation, or use Adox Adonal developer at a 1+50 dilution. Either way, the film will not disappoint.It's been my go to affordable BW for some time now. And at just over $ USD for 100', you can't argue with that. Well I can't anyway. It's 120 format counterpart shines in the grain department as well, and is worth checking out if you shoot medium format.So, if you haven't already given it a chance, do so. Don't let the name or price fool you, this is good quality film at an affordable cost per roll. All in a nice little can, ready to be spooled and shot.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheap but grainy I bought this 100' roll and several 120 rolls at same time from B&H. I feel a little disappointed with this 100' Roll because of its rough grain.� I loaded my FM2 and Hasselblad 503 with this edition of FOMA (Yeah, Arista EDU is FOMA made in Czech) and went out shooting the same scenes, then developed them at the same time in the same batch of developer.� I usually first soak film in water before developing. I noticed that the water poured out from tank is green after soaking 120 roll for several minutes, but clean after soaking 135 one. After all negatives were processed, I noticed that the base of 135 edition is darker than 120 one. Please see attached picture for reference.� Consequently, the resulted images were�grainier, even compared to other brands of 135 ISO 400 film. I have shoot films and developed them by myself more than 15 years, I know what I'm doing. I can tell the 120 edition is different and much better than this one.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good film for What it is This is probably my favorite cheap bulk roll film. It does enough without breaking my bank, which is important if you don’t have enough money to spend in primo film but develops close to what you want. Be aware though that I think it’s peak is 1600. Past that, like at 3200, and your prints will be a grainy mess. I mean like old TV Static kind of messy grain in the bokeh out-of-focus areas. But the grainy mess can have some charm at times. When I shoot street-style photos, it works. But I accidentally focused on a chair with a kid in the background and it was terrible. I don’t want that 3200 kind of grain when I want to shoot landscapes. Which also brings another problem to this film. At box speed, it’s way too gray for my interest. It’s the type of gray that makes me stay away from HP5. So I basically keep it at 1600 all the time. With a red filter, it has a nice ethereal feel. In spite of its flaws, I’ve printed the film to 11x14, and I think it has potential. If I ever receive too many bad rolls, I’ll be sure to write an updated review. Until then, this film does the job for me.
Date published: 2018-01-11
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