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Kodak’s  3200 ISO film is no more. It’s not a film I used much and its passing leaves me unmoved. A half-way decent digital camera produces results that are so much better than this film, even allowing for the conversion. More distressing is the news that the EFKE range of films have ceased production as I have been using its 127 film.

But perhaps these losses are balanced by the introduction of a new black and white emulsion from Adox … the Silvermax  .  When I first started photography in the Fifties I used Adox 35mm KB21 black and white film , and Perutz colour transparency film. Mostly I think because it was all my local chemist sold.

I switched to Ilford and Kodak black and white films for most of my photography, but continued to use KB14 Adox intermittently as it was a very fine-grained film for the time. While I continued to shoot Perutz 120 well into the Sixties.

The original company folded and the current range of films, fibre base papers and chemisty are made by a new company Adox Fotowerke GmbH Bad Sarrow (www.adox.de). The factory claims a high silver content for the film (said to be based on Agfa APX-100) with an extended DMAX for tonal range of 14 zones. It will only be produced in 35mm.

On the hardware front, the introduction of a new 35/120 film scanner from Plustek is good news, as is the revelation that a new Jobo film processor (CPP-3) is at the prototype stage. The Plustek is available for pre-prder at $2000US, and the indications are that the targeted price for the Jobo is in the same ball park. The new model will be fully backwards compatible with Jobo reels and drums.

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