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bergger pancro 400 120

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:05 pm
by pirateoversixty
has anyone tried this new film yet? I say new as the 120 version just came out this year. received two rolls from bnh yesterday, and loaded one into my rollei 2.8f. will give my impressions when I finish it.

Re: bergger pancro 400 120

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:14 pm
by pirateoversixty
developed first roll today, D-76 1:1, for 17' @68 degrees f. This is Bergger's recommended time for this combo. I thought it a bit long, but figured, oh well. Negs came out perfect, by my estimation. Previewed them on V500. How they wet print may be a different story.

A few observations: the backing paper and printing is identical to UFX400 and Delta 100; fix time is six minutes with rapid fix, no hardener. They also recommend a water presoak of at least one minute, a practice which is pooh-poohed by some darkroom workers.

I may comment on grain after I print a few frames.

Re: bergger pancro 400 120

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:43 pm
by pirateoversixty
just finished second roll of the bergger. since this is an entirely subjective review, take it for what it is worth.
the first roll was developed in d-76 1:1 for 17'. thought this was rather long, but that is what the instructions say. fix for 6'. again, for rapid fixer, a long time.

negs a little grainy but not too bad. nothing special there. a little base fog.

second roll was exposed in GS-1, all in auto exposure mode, with a Y-2 filter. developed in HC-110 1:120 stand for 45'. now we're talken'.
negs still had a little base fog, but exposures really sparkled. (both rolls exposed at 400) good hilite detail and shadow detail, if you are really interested in the shadows; I am not usually but it was there. still have not wet printed yet. been battling a sinus infection. scanned only.

This is definitely a game-changer film. better than tri-x or hp-5? maybe. it does have a different look than those two. I have been shooting UFX-400 for last couple years with so-so results. though the bergger is a little pricier than the others, I think I will add it to my arsenal of black and white film.

Bergger Pancro is made be inovis (sp) in Germany. I will speculate that they also make the UFX-400. Both good product, but quite different.
All I can say is, give it a try. Always glad to see a newfilm on the market place.