New B&W Film! Lomography Potsdam Kino

Jan 9, 2019
2 min read

It’s like a week doesn’t pass and the guys at Lomography slap us in the face with another film! Today they introduce thePotsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film 👏👏👏

With this new Potsdam, Lomography is pursuing their exploration of old German cine emulsions, like with the recently announced: Berlin KINO 35mm Film, which was also an old black and white movie film.

Based on the first samples they provided, it looks really promising with a beautiful contrast we love from old monochrome movies. It’s slower than the Berlin (100 vs 400 ISO) which comes, of course, with a smaller grain structure and finer details. About the emulsion, Lomography describes it as “made of a heavy silver halide composition which produces rich tones, great dynamic latitude and allows for photographic flexibility”.

For more information about Potsdam, They’ve published a “CookBook” with some useful tips and best practice to expose the film.

For example, they recommend to use a red filter for landscape, or green for portraits to get best results. This is something that you can apply on other panchromatic film.

There are also a recommendation to overexpose it under tungsten or fluorescent light in order (or simply use your flash) to catch more of the tonal range and boost the contrast.

Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images
Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images
Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images
Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images
Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images
Lomography Potsdam Kino 35mm B&W 100ISO Film Sample Images

For those of you wondering how to develop this Potsdam at home, Lomography got you sorted with the development chart for most common developers:

  • KodakHC-110: 1+47 distillation for 6 minutes (20°C)
  • KodakD-76: stock distillation for 5.5 minutes (20°C)
  • IlfordIlfosol3: 1+9 distillation for 6 minutes (20°C)
  • Rodinal: 1+25 distillation for 7 minutes (20°C)
  • Rodinal: 1+50 distillation for 9.5 minutes (20°C)
  • Xtol: 1+1 distillation for 7.5 minutes (20°C)
  • EcoPro: 1+1 distillation for 8 minutes (20°C)
  • IlfordID-11: 1+1 distillation for 7 minutes (20°C)
  • KodakHC-110: 1+125 (G) distillation for 65 minutes (20°C) – Agitate at 50%
  • Rodinal: 1+100 distillation for 45-70 minutes (20°C) – Agitate at 50%
  • RolleiBlack&WhiteReversalKit: Development 1 – 12 minutes, Development 2 – 10 minutes

But, once again, our patience will be tested to get our hands on the newborn from the Lomo family because it’s only open for pre-orders at 39.5$ for a five pack, with a shipping estimated for April/May 2019.

Looks like another promising year for film photography and I can’t wait to put it in my camera!

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