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Fomapan 400 Action Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 24 Exposures)

BH #FOPA40024 • MFR #420424
Foma
Fomapan 400 Action Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 24 Exposures)
Key Features
  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • ISO 400/27° in Standard Process
  • Fine Grain and High Sharpness
  • Wide Exposure Latitude, +1 EV to -2EV
Fomapan 400 Action from Foma is a panchromatic black and white negative film with a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27°. Its wide exposure latitude permits rating the film at +1 EV to -2EV with no change needed when processing in standard chemistry, making it suitable for working in a wide variety of lighting conditions. It has a fine grain structure, good resolving power, and high sharpness.
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Foma 400 Action Overview

Fomapan 400 Action from Foma is a panchromatic black and white negative film with a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27°. Its wide exposure latitude permits rating the film at +1 EV to -2EV with no change needed when processing in standard chemistry, making it suitable for working in a wide variety of lighting conditions. It has a fine grain structure, good resolving power, and high sharpness.

This item is one 24-exposure roll of 35mm film.

Foma 400 Action Specs

Film Format35mm
Number of Exposures24
Film TypePanchromatic B&W Negative
ISO/ASA Film Speed400
Film ProcessingStandard Black and White Chemistry
Film BaseCellulose Triacetate
Number of Rolls1
Layer Thickness125.0 µm
Resolution90 lines/mm (At Contrast 1000:1)
GranularityRMS = 17.5
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.07 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)2.284 x 1.496 x 1.339"

Foma 400 Action Reviews

Truly a Wonderful Film

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-20

I use Fomapan 400 in every format from 35mm & 120, and sheet film sizes. I greatly appreciate its tonal response and ability to be manipulated to one's desired effect through processing and choose of developers. The grain can be easily accentuated and it remains very sharp and not mushy, or when using a fine grain developer it can provide reasonably low-grain appearance as well. On-line there are a couple good reviews and with red filtration it can even reach near infrared levels which make it great for certain landscape effects. Be aware: All Fomapan films have delicate emulsions when wet, so handle your film and drying method very carefully. This is reminiscent of the old EFKE emulsion which were even more soft until dried. When the developer is poured out there is a vivid green-blue stain from the anti-halation coating-don't be alarmed. I pre wash my film before processing which helps to minimize the very strong tint. The stain does not hurt the processing. Also, don't compare this film to a more modern cubic crystal or tabular grain film for its more old-school. It's an artsy-film and I feel it has a beautiful glow in the highlights. Reciprocity failure is high, so use T-Max or Acros or Delta if you are not willing to calculate reciprocity failure into long exposures. Enjoy the film for what it is created to do and don't be afraid to experiment. I typically shoot the film at EI 250. It pushes nicely up to 1600. For my alternative process work in pl/pt I typically process the film in PMK or Pyro-Cat. For none staining I will use Rodinal 1:40 - for sharp grain, or ASCO 17 which is very similar to D76 1:1.

Excellent for portraits - halation, grain, skin tone

By Jiri
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-03

This film is from my old home country and I was shocked to see it here in the U.S. after not hearing of it for over 3 decades. I have to say that this film is an acquired taste for sure. Good for beginners and also for portrait photos. It was always the cheapest film in CZ back in the cold war era when there were no other options other than Soviet film and Foma my dad used to buy. It has very pronounced grain, which I happen to like, but some people may find it a bit too much. Also, its sensitivity to red spectrum is quite interesting - it has far smoother skin tone than HP5 which I use, so that makes this Foma great for portraits. Second reason is: this film has very weak (if any) anti-halation properties, so it will give your portraits beautiful glow, which is not very desirable when you do landscapes or street, but absolutely lovely in portraits. It's quite noticeable. For the price, though, this film is an absolute steal. I would go for the 100 (instead of 400) where at the lower sensitivity the grain is more controlled. I will be buying and using this film for sure and switching between Foma 100 and Ilford HP5.

Better than I expected

By Terrance E
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-02

Thought I'd pick up a few rolls to try out. Actually the results were were pretty decent. Has some grain, personality, to it. Develop it in Cinestill Df96. Will certainly purchase more.

New for me

By Frank M
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-30

I have been shooting TRI-X for over 60years, I know how it works and let me try this roll, new name and reviews later.

Surprisingly good

By Nicholas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-16

I was very impressed with the fine grain and relatively low noise in this film. Got great contrast and sharp pictures. Will buy again

Big grain

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

Not that contrasty in HC-110. The grain is not pleasing, either, like Tri-X or HP5+. It's just big and in your face. I'm sure it could be improved with a different developer, but I don't recall it looking any better in D76? Or one of those that smooths out grain? I won't be buying this again though.

Not the workst, but not the best

By Ernesto
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-01

Didnt like the grain on it and the contrast of the film, I will definitely try something different. If you are a student and they have a good price on It I suggest you jump on it and give it a try, but for professional work Im going to keep buying other brands.

A great budget film

By Dj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-11

I really enjoy the grain and tonality of this film and for the price it can't be beat. Do note through that this is not a true 400 speed film. You'll have a much better time rating it at 200 (I developed mine in 1+50 Rodinal for 11 min)

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