CatLabs Film 80 X
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CatLabs Film 80 X

There's a new film out there in 120 by Cat Labs jp. It crossed my radar on Instagram a month ago and I ordered two bricks worth. Film 80 X is as per Cat Labs assertion a new emulsion replicating the look of Panatomic X but with a faster ISO (80 instead of 32). I have no idea if they hit the mark or not as I never shot Panatomic X myself but as a super fine grain black and white film it hit the mark. Looking at negative scans in Lightroom on a 27 iMac with a Retina screen Catlabs with their manufacturing partner delivered. I have no idea who is actually making the film, it is cut and finished in China, hence the Shanghai backing paper, dont let that deter you. What I can tell you, this ain't Shanghai GP3 film.

The below shots were taking on my Series E Rolleiflex with the 3.5 Planar lens, and developed with a four minute water pre-soak at 20c, and developed in ID-11 1+1.

Around the Light Beacon by Bill Smith, on Flickr

Sue 1 by Bill Smith, on Flickr

Getting the Masts Back Up at the OYC by Bill Smith, on Flickr

So far I've only processed with ID-11(British D76), my next roll will be with HC110. My friend Alex Luyckx on the Classic Camera Revival is doing some extensive testing with different developers.
Leica M3 and M4-2, Canon P. Medium Format: Rolleicord IV, Rolleicord Vb, Mamiya C220f kit, Rolleiflex Series E 3.5 Planar version 1, Type 3 Rolleiflex 3.5 Planar F TLR<a
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