The 1st pack of Fuji FP-100B film I had shot several months back, in a Polaroid ColorPack 2 camera, the rigid bodied camera with the somewhat problematic development spreaders. As flashcubes had already been secured from an eBay dealer, I thought this would be smooth sailing. Instead, I wasted almost the entire pack on jamming, and the shots were hopelessly washed out and overexposed.
This film, I have been told, has been discontinued, leaving only the FP-100C 100 speed color film, and the “Super Speedy” FB-3000B B&W, a 3200 ASA high contrast fast film, which can take images in virtual darkness.
Last week, while stocking up on film, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that my dealer had received packs of FP-100B. Assuming I was picking up a box of 3000, I grabbed it. This Easter weekend, while taking a box out of the fridge, one of those “oops” moments took place, as based on that 1st box, I thought the film sucked.
Much to my amazement, in an Automatic Land Camera, the film is nothing less than spectacular. A medium speed film, it needs good light, either outdoors, or inside with flashbulbs. At room temperature, development time is about 30 seconds. It is sharp, with incredible tonality and contrast. The blacks are something right out of Life Magazine of the 50’s or 60’s. If I was to guess, this is a direct replacement of Polaroid’s 664, or Polapan Pro 100. My dealer tells me that there is still some in distribution. Picked up two more packs today, with an expiration of October, 2011. Try some- it’s out there, and it is fresh. And, does it look good.