Developing the Bergger Pancro film

  • Developing the Bergger Pancro film


This is my 8th rolls of the newly re-released Bergger Pancro 400 BW film. I have to admit the first several rolls didn’t yield the result that I was happy with. As with any other film, trial and error is required to achieve the result that best conveys what the artist want to show. There is no one correct way.


I developed the first few rolls using Kodak D76  for 10 minutes @ 20 degree celcius with Jobo CPP3 Processor (continuous agitation). The result was not so pleasing. The grain was soft and the overall picture was soft. Also, I found the photos lack contrast. I could spend more time on post processing in Photoshop to achieve the look I want, but I wouldnt have the time nor the consistency to produce the same result in the future.


The last four rolls were developed using Kodak Tmax Developer for 12 minutes at the same environment and I like the result. The grain is tight and sharp and contrast is nice. I just needed to do some dust cleanup and some minor shadow adjustments and voila… The picture I want!

     

I have two more rolls of Bergger Pancro film to experiment with. I wish the next time I go and take some picture the sun would be out and smiling. The photos I posted here were taken in overcast and indirect light.

All photos taken with Nikon F6, 35/1.4G and scanned on Epson V800.


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