If black and white film stock were a poem, it would be Lomography Potsdam Kino.
The grain is fine and contrast is subtle. I am a black and white film lover – having shot only black and white film for more than a year. It’s safe to say this is unlike any other black and white film I’ve ever shot.
Inspired by German cine film from the 1960’s, this stock loves light. It’s dreamy and the grayscale tones are so creamy – I’ve yet to experience that with a black and white film stock.
This is a great summer-time film stock – yes, even though it’s black and white!
Because this is a 100 speed film, it’s best to shoot it outside with plenty of sunlight. I rate and develop Potsdam Kino at box speed (ISO 100). It’s the perfect film to pop in your camera and take on a hike, for a picnic, or out to the pool!
If underexposed, the film will lose contrast. With such a subtle contrast on the film already, underexposure will leave your images looking muddy.
Developing Potsdam Film
This is where it differs from other films – slightly.
I think most of us who develop film at home, learned to develop with Kodak HC-110, dilution B (1:31). That’s how I develop all of my film (unless developing in coffee)…with exception to Potsdam Kino 100.
There is no recipe I can find using dilution B, so I used HC-110 dilution E (1+47). You can find more about mixing the different dilutions in this PDF from Kodak.