Film Review: FP-100C

FP-100C

Unless you are shooting expired Polaroid film, when it comes to type 100 or 3.25 x 4.25″ peel-apart film, your choices are pretty limited these days. There are two stocks currently available, and both are manufactured by FujiFilm. FP-3000B, a B&W, ISO 3000 speed film (which is now being discontinued) and FP-100C, a color, ISO 100 speed film and the topic of todays post. Fp-100C is a peel-apart film which produces a glossy print and a negative, similar to Polaroid 669. The negative from the shot can be recovered (bleached), allowing you to scan it and reproduce the image. You can find a post on that process here.

 

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Specifications:

Film Speed: ISO 100 (most people meter this film between 100 and 125)

Color: Color Print

Surface: Print has a glossy finish

Number of Prints: 10 per pack

Size: 3.25in. x 4.25in.

Camera Type: Cameras and other photographic equipment that accept instant film with a photo size of 85×108 mm, and those provided or fitted with an instant camera back.

 

9297419598_6bcdb0b16d_cShot of my son at dusk. Polaroid 110 a/b Conversion. Single strobe in Beauty Dish.

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Photo by Birgit Hart. Polaroid 250. Mid day sun.

Best Uses:

Due to the versatile nature of this film, it’s uses are infinite. Over the years it has been used by professional studio photographers to test complex lighting situations. It has been used in passport offices and other agencies needing color prints for ID cards. Today it is used mainly by film photographers seeking instant gratification for themselves and their clients in a digital world.

Because of the low ISO, the film is perfect for daylight shooting or shooting with flash, but can be challenging to shoot in low light. Most people combat this by shooting with strobes or by opening up the aperture.

Another feature briefly mentioned before is the use of the negative. I like to give my prints away but I always want a copy for myself. By bleaching the negative, process we have discussed before, a scannable negative can be recovered. Just allow the negative to dry, bleach the negative and scan. Actually, the negative usually holds more data than the actual print, and can produce beautiful images.

 

Joe | Mamiya Universal | Fuji FP100C & Bleached Neg Comparison

 

Print vs. Bleached Negative comparison by Blake Pack.

 

Pros:

Consistent results provided the film is stored properly, the camera used is in working order and the shot was metered correctly.

Low ISO allows for shooting during bright daylight hours.

Produces a print and a negative. (as opposed to integral film)

Develops in as little as 90 seconds.

Self terminates. Film will not continue to develop if left un-pulled.

Can be used in any camera that accepts the 3.25in x 4.25in pack film. There are literally to many to list.

 

Cons:

Low ISO. This truly is the only limiting factor of the film. Depending on the equipment you have, shooting in low light will require slower shutter speeds, larger apertures or flash.

As of now, this will be the only pack film available to purchase after 2014. Will this effect cost, who knows? Will this be the next film stock Fuji decides is no longer viable to make? Only time will tell.

 

So, what would a review of a film be without some examples? Here are a few shots submitted by readers of the blog, all FP-100C or the scanned negative.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi, great post! very helpful=) this may seem like a silly question but how do you bleach the negative? literally, just place it in bleach?

    i just bought a 100 land camera and going to take it out this weekend. I would like to give the prints but not if i can’t keep a copy…

    thanks so much!

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