My friend Joe mailed me a roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 400 and 100 the other day to try out. Without any knowledge of this film, I think the results are very impressive.
- Nikon N2020 (set at ISO400)
- AF Nikkor 50 1.8
- Ultrafine Xtreme 400 135/36
- Kodak T-Max developer Standard Dilution 20C 5:45 Rotary
- Epson Scan (Sharpen on low)
Lets look at some photos first.
- Sharp, fine grain, comparable to Kodak Tri X and Ilford HP5+
- Ample latitude
- Sufficient Anti-halation layer
- Strong film base. (Not the lucky or foma kind)
- The emulsion is not easily scratched
- Physically flat after the negative is dried
- It is priced competitively
- In addition, the 120 version of this film is just as good.
- I do recommend this product
Some people suggest Ultrafine Xtreme 400 is Ilford HP5+. While I can not prove this scientifically, let’s look at similarities.
- They share similar film base
- They share the same color anti-halation layer
- They both dries relatively flat, physically that is.
- They share the same, if not similar developing time
- 120 Version of the Xtreme 400 has the exact same backing paper with the 120 HP5+
- They produce similar result.
Please remember film tests are subject to Film Developer, Agitation Methods and other variables.