Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in Ilford ID11

I don’t shoot Fuji Neopan Acros as much as I used to, probably because bulk orders of Agfaphoto’s APX100 fill my fridge with 100 ASA film. However, rummaging around there a week ago I found a forgotten roll from last year and decided to give it another try – glad I did!

All shots taken on an Olympus OM2N using the famous Zuiko 24mm f2.8 lens tested earlier, at 100ASA. The roll was developed in Ilford’s ID11 using stock solution.

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This has a good range of tones – better than I remember for Acros which always became too contrasty for me in the past.

Dev times are short in ID11 – 6 mins 45 seconds in stock solution making the process seem quite quick – I’m used to 12  minutes or more using my standard dilute 1+50 Rodinal.

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Detail from the shot – and nice, fine grain. A light ‘dust and scratches’ filter has been applied.

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Again – a good range of tones – I especially like the way the subtle transitions of tone in the water have been rendered. The exposure was obviously biased towards the water leaving the underside of the bridge more or less completely dark.

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Here sunlight has created strong contrast between the shadow and light grey path – the film has coped well (as has the good old OM2n!).

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Another good result – though I must check that left light seal again. An excellent range of tones albeit in near perfect lighting conditions.

The results show Acros to be a well-behaved, fine-grained film which handles strong lighting conditions nicely – definitely recommended. As a general purpose emulsion it’s perfect – I’ll be ordering a few more rolls to go with the much less contrasty APX100.

Next time I use it I’ll try to remember to use Rodinal as the developer, but I’m favouring ID11 more recently as it produces such clean negatives with no noticeable loss of sharpness.

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2 thoughts on “Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in Ilford ID11

    • Thanks – that’s appreciated! The “wow I got an image” never really leaves with film processing even after years of practice. It’s the most exciting bit, opening the film tank to see the images on the spiral!

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