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Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 Overview: This is a low grain black and white film with great contrast. It often has a moodier look and strong blacks, especially if underexposed, but for a more clean and classic look rate it at 100 and meter for the highlights. Acros 100 likes a lot of light, but it does handle pushing well for a more contrasty look. Find it on Amazon here: Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 in 35mm
I love using Acros because I feel it has more contrast in it than Ilford HP5 400 does.
What To Expect From Acros 100
This film typically creates a moody look (if it’s not pushed). I love the blacks, the shadows. I don’t do light and airy. Honestly, it really depends on what someone is looking for. If they want it lighter, it can be pushed (which in my case did create an airy b&w, not my norm).
How To Meter And Shoot Acros 100
Living in Washington has made me become more aware of light. I prefer to either overexpose for blown highlights, or underexpose for shadows and grain. I know that if I want to overexpose when there’s very little light, that I’ll need to shoot with a lower shutter speed and wide open. If I want to underexpose, I do the opposite. No hand held meter for me, I use the in-camera meter.
*Note from Shoot It With Film* If you want a cleaner more classic look from Acros, rate at box speed at meter for the highlights. It will have little to no grain and crisp contrast.
Where Acros 100 Performs Best And Where It Struggles
It performs best with lots of light. I used it for a Fresh 48 back in April, low shutter speed, didn’t rate at box speed, and had to push it. I’ve also shot it in full sun at Pike Place and loved how that turned out. It’s a lover of light. It struggles when it is overcast outside. That’s the only flaw I can think of.
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You can pick up some Acros 100 on Amazon, and leave any questions you have about Acros 100 in the comments.