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Foma RETROPAN 320 soft Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)

BH #FO57456 • MFR #57456
Foma RETROPAN 320 soft Black and White Negative Film (120 Roll Film)
Key Features
  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • ISO 320/26° in Standard Process
  • Fine Grain Structure
  • Good Resolution and Edge Sharpness
Foma RETROPAN 320 soft is a panchromatic black and white negative film characterized by its fine grain structure along with good resolution and edge sharpness. Offering a wide tonal range and classic appearance, this film is particularly well-suited for conventional enlarging applications, and its softer, mild contrast values are ideal for still lives, architectural, landscape, and portrait photography. Its nominal sensitivity is ISO 320/26° when processed in standard black and white chemistry or the recommended Retro Special Developer, however its wide exposure latitude permits rating the film at one stop of over (EI 160) or two stops under (EI 1250) with good results.
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Foma Retropan Soft 120 Overview

Foma RETROPAN 320 soft is a panchromatic black and white negative film characterized by its fine grain structure along with good resolution and edge sharpness. Offering a wide tonal range and classic appearance, this film is particularly well-suited for conventional enlarging applications, and its softer, mild contrast values are ideal for still lives, architectural, landscape, and portrait photography. Its nominal sensitivity is ISO 320/26° when processed in standard black and white chemistry or the recommended Retro Special Developer, however its wide exposure latitude permits rating the film at one stop of over (EI 160) or two stops under (EI 1250) with good results.

This item is one roll of 120 film.

Foma Retropan Soft 120 Specs

Film Format120
Film TypePanchromatic B&W Negative
ISO/ASA Film Speed320
Film ProcessingStandard Black and White Chemistry
Film BaseCellulose Triacetate
Number of Rolls1
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.07 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)2.85 x 1.55 x 1.25"

Foma Retropan Soft 120 Reviews

A little patience pays off, and bigly at that

By Frederick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-10

By now, you've likely read dozens of reviews knocking this film for its graininess and poor contrast. Shot and developed at box speed, I have also found this to be true. But, as others have mentioned, there is also something appealing about this film, particularly the grain structure and soft rendering. I wasn't quite ready to abandon this unique offering. So, looking to try to keep that interesting grain and subdued sharpness, I wondered if pushing the film a bit would help with the contrast problem, and perhaps eliminate the overabundance of that otherwise nice grain which can quickly clog up the midtones. I shot at a roll at 640, and developed at 1.5 times the recommended duration for HC-110, dilution B. Eureka! The negatives are glorious, and allow you a great deal of printing latitude in the darkroom. Since making this change, I am consistently getting deep blacks with plenty of detail, but also a very unique scratchy look (presumably from that grain), and am also able to more effectively control detail in the midtones, making this a surprisingly good alternative for portraiture. I say alternative because even with pushing the film one stop, this is *not* a film you want if mid-tone detail & accuracy is important to you -- for that, stick with Tri-X or HP5 for fast films. Bottom line: try pushing this film one stop. You might be very pleasantly surprised, particularly if you are looking for something a little different.

Love this film

By Lael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-22

Retropan 320 is great in 35mm and 120mm. It is an easy way to achieve a distressed vintage look. Great film for beginners or anyone looking to fall in love with film again.

Love this film so much

By Christine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

Amazing film, looks very vintage and grainy

Odd, Grainy, Fussy

By Lonnie
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

Full disclosure: I did not use the special developer. I found this film to be excessively grainy. I also has an odd contrast and poor sharpness. I would not call this Retro as many older films were much better performers.

For the grain lovers

By Franklin
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-15

Not the best quality film stock out there.. but this is like delta 3200 level of grain. Fun for experimental work

Low Contrast Grainy Blah

By Martin
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-14

If you want low contrast...you can get it with other films easily enough. If you like grain...same story, push some HP5+ to 1600 and you'll have wonderful grain. After trying and failing several times to get an acceptable roll with this film, I finally got something decent by metering at 200 iso and using Perceptol to develop. But honestly, Foma 100 is so much better than this, and brings all the vintage vibe you'd ever want with its tonality. You could likely pull the Foma 400 back to 200 or slower and get this same kind of soft contrast without so much grain, though I'll admit I haven't tried pulling Foma 400 (yet). In the smaller formats, the grain of the Retropan 320 is just too much for me to be happy with. You lose too much resolution. If I want something to look soft, I'd rather it come from the lens than the film. This grain might be OK on the larger formats, but I'm not going to buy a whole box of 4x5 or 8x10 to find out. I say Foma 100 is the better choice for if you want a classic style film.

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