Week 19 - Berger Pancro 35mm experiment

I got a roll of 35mm Berger Pancro 400 from Fotolab Kiekie to try out. So this week I went trough some of my 35mm cameras. My favourite and first one had a leaking battery... Note to self: remove batteries when you don't shoot with the camera. Second note to self: get yourself a manual 35mm camera. Luckily I had another one that worked properly. I loaded up the film and went out for a walk. It was a very sunny day so I slapped a yellow filter on to cut off some light. I walked from my home to Ransdorp, a little village nearby. Was the first time I went there and it was beautiful! The walk went from urban to rural with the snap of a finger.

Technical details

  • Shot the film with a Pentax P30t and Pentax SMC-m 50mm F1.7 with yellow filter (K21) on a bright sunny day.
  • Developed with HC-110 solution B for 9 minutes at 20 degrees Celsius with the first minute of agitation and then 10 seconds for every minute.
  • Stop bath for 1 minute stop bath in tap water.
  • Fixed for 5 minutes.
  • Rinsed the film using the Ilford wash method.
  • Photoflo wash for 1 minute. 
  • Scanned the film with an Epson V600.
  • Sharpened and spotted the raw files in Lightroom CC.

My review

Judging film from a digital scan isn't a very good idea. But it will have to do for now. Scanners tend to exaggerate the grain on film. And boy, you can have the Berger Pancro 400 grain for breakfast. Some of the pictures work well with this grain, others not so much.  

  • Would I take this film out for landscape stuff? No.
  • Would I take this film for portraits? No.
  • Would I take this film into a grimy industrial/urban environment? Yes.

So there you are, my two cents on Berger Pancro 400. And that from a Kodak Tri-X 400 fan boy. You can click on the photos to open the enlarged version.