A brief guide to new films on the market in 2017

Recently Fujifilm announced that it was discontinuing packs of certain films they produce (https://petapixel.com/2017/10/27/fujifilm-killing-off-films-2018-things-look-grim/) which suggested to many that Fuji were perhaps moving away from "traditional" film products, and focusing more on their Instax line.

So, with Fujifilm probably becoming harder to come by, people might be looking to other sources for their film fix.  Obviously there is still Kodak producing some excellent films (and re-introducing Ektachrome back into the market - https://petapixel.com/2017/09/13/return-kodak-ektachrome-film-nigh/), but there are also other exciting new films coming on to the market.  Many of these are coming in from Kickstarter (where caution is sometimes advised), but the new emulsions, different looks and ease of processing make this an exciting time for analog shooters.  

Here are my top picks of film currently available, or coming soon, to the market (in no particular order).  Please check each of the images for credits, as none of them are mine!  

Let me know below which film interests you the most, or if there are other films I haven't mentioned that appeal to you. 

#1 - dubblefilm Moonstruck and Sunstroke

 dubblefilm Moonstruck - image from Kono (click on image to go to their site)

dubblefilm Moonstruck - image from Kono (click on image to go to their site)

Kono and Dubble have pre-exposed their stock of 35mm film to produce two different film styles (the effect is determined by the Kodak film used).  Moonstruck produces a nice bluish tone to the film, where sunstroke (as the name implies) introduces yellow and red hues.  The effect is random, as a light leak would be, so each image should be different.

 dubblefilm Sunstroke - image from Kono (click on image to go to their site)

dubblefilm Sunstroke - image from Kono (click on image to go to their site)

#2 - Kono Kolorit 400 Tungsten

 Image from Kono - click on image to go to site

Image from Kono - click on image to go to site

Kolorit is a 24 exposure, ISO 400 speed film to be processed in C-41.  Under artificial light there is great contrast and bright colours, and if shot in daylight the images take on an interesting green-blue colour. 

#3 - Adox Color Implosion - NOTE: now discontinued

 (C) Martin Welker - click for site

(C) Martin Welker - click for site

Colour implosion is a 100 ASA experimental film.  The film has been pre-treated and takes on a grey/brown hue, and of course the grain is huge!  Sadly since I started writing this Adox have discontinued (it was a limited edition run), but you might be able to find some around...

#4 - Cinestill 800T

 Image (C) Andy Sapp on Flickr ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/andysapp/ )

Image (C) Andy Sapp on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/andysapp/)

Cinestill currently make two colour negative films - an 800 speed tungsten film and a 50 speed daylight film.  Both are from motion picture stock, and the film has been treated so that they can be processed in C-41.  My pick is the 800T, purely for the fantastic brightness and colour when the film is used at night.

#5 - Rollei Variochrome

 Image (C) Orlon Alexis - click on image to go to his Flickr

Image (C) Orlon Alexis - click on image to go to his Flickr

This is the only slide film on the list.  Rollei have produced this new film as an affordable alternative to Provia and the like.  It is reported to be less sharp, but the colour rendition is pleasant.  It can be shot at ISO 200-400 and comes in rolls of 36 exposures.

#6 - Silberra Pan

 Image credit to @Jammi_York

Image credit to @Jammi_York

Silberra is a new venture, currently looking for crowdfunding (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/silberra-b-w-photographic-films#/) for a number of films.  Their Pan range, of ISO 50, 100, 160 and 200 speed films are reported to be ready for distribution.  The Pan films are based on Agfa stock and have retained some of the IR sensitivity.  Perhaps slightly more interestingly are the upcoming films currently being developed - ORTA, IC and PAN II - as they are brand new emulsions.  Something to keep an eye on.

#7 - Ferrania

Image (C) Dave Bias

The revived Ferrania brand is another crowd-funded venture currently seeking support.  They are working towards a limited release of an ISO 100 colour reversal film.  This is still some way off, but they are currently also working towards wide scale distribution of its P30 black and white film.  It is also panchromatic (as Silberra above) ISO 80 film, with a high silver content.