The other day I was given a roll of Bellamy Hunt’s aka “Japan Camera Hunter” JCH Street Pan 400 Black & White film to shoot.
I already had a roll of HP5+ loaded in my Leica M4 so decided it would be a good opportunity to dust off the old Olympus OM Brasser
The 400 ASA speed of this film is keeping with the demand of most street shooters who tend to go for either HP5+ or Tri-X. This is the first time I’ve shot a 400 speed B&W film that wasn’t from Ilford or Kodak. I’ve processed dozens of weird and wonderful films at work so I have a good idea of the type of film I’m dealing with.
One thing to watch out for is fogging of the first few frames from loading the film into the camera. Most films should be loaded in “subdued light” which to me usually means just turning my back to the sun 😉
I noticed fogging on the first couple of frames as well as sprocket hole fogging/exposure and edge fogging at several places along the roll. I have seen this on other German made films such as Maco UP 400p & Rollei Retro 400s. Whether this is something that is introduced during manufacture or if it’s something inherent to this type of film I don’t know.
Overall the film seems to have handled my blatant disregard for correct exposure pretty well. Most of my shots were 1-2 stops over exposed which was easily pulled back in post. Added contrast and black levels as well as highlight adjustments were made to most of these scanned images.
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If anyone else has had a chance to shoot this film I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.