Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros Black and White Film

4.67 star rating
                      4.67 / 5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $7.99

  • Film Type35mm
    ColorBlack & White
    Film Speed100 ASA
    Positive / NegativeNegative
    Exposures36 Exposures/Pictures
    Units in Package1

Product Description

Neopan 100 Acros is Fujifilm Professional's newest addition to its black-and-white family of films. Neopan 100 Acros is a medium speed, ultra-high-image quality black-and-white negative film and features the world's highest standard in grain quality among ISO 100 films. Finest grain quality ISO 100 black-and-white film. Excellent processing characteristics. Rich gradation and outstanding sharpness. Wide range of photographic applications. Available in 35mm, 120, and QuickLoad formats.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Derwent a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    Sweet tonality especially in the mid tones
Fine grain
Good highlight detail

Weaknesses:    Bit more fiddly to process than some
Blacks could be a bit richer
Scratches easy
But pricey

Bottom Line:   
This is just about my favorite black and white film.
The smooth tonality is wonderful, although the blacks are not as black as some other films.
Very fine grain and very sharp. It will put a good lens to full use.

I usually develop in Ilford ID11 for 15 mins at a 1+3 dilution as a one shot process.
It does need a good go in the fixer and a bit more wash than most films. Any trace of purple tinge in the water means you have a ways to go.
Little fiddly to load on reels but ok.
Thin base but flattens well if you keep your neg sleeves in a big book for a few days.
Does wonderful portraits…

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   Several shops

Similar Products Used:   Ilford Pan F +
Kodak T Max
Kodak Plus X
Ilford Delta 100

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by markophoto1 a Professional

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2005

Strengths:    Extremely sharp, and extremely fine-grained film that maintains some degree of the richness and "old school" feel of the "classic" emulsions a la Tri-X as opposed to say a TMAX or Delta (which I dislike the feel of). Fairly accurately rated, long-ish tonal scale, the shoulder holds quite a bit of highlight detail which can easily be burned in or captured via a good scan, is not quite as demanding as TMAX in terms of exposure or development latitude (though I wouldn't call it forgiving either) and expands or contracts the scale nicely via development.

Weaknesses:    This thin emulsion film is very susceptible to scratching. If you're scanning this film you'll spend a bit more time than normal spotting out the hairline scratches. Must be handled with extra care.

Bottom Line:   
In some ways, probably the best B&W film ever produced. It's got a level of sharpness and fineness of grain that rivals the modern t-grain films without their insanely steep curves or "coldness" of texture. Only Tech Pan beats it for resolution and fine grain, and Tech Pan is a special case and much more difficult to handle. These days I very rarely develop my own and so I haven't developed any of my own Acros to date, but I have a number of custom labs that handle my Acros. Developed in D76 (good quality, fairly rich) I rate, well, call it a slow 100 or a fast 80 ASA. I'm not wild about having it developed in TMAX or other generically-derived developers but the results are acceptable, and near to the rated 100. In Rodinal this film REALLY sings. Very fine grain, fairly long tonal scale, different from Plus-X/Tri-X but quite rich and very very fine grain, and the film is inherently sharp (accutence) in a way that the fine grain developer does not greatly diminish. In Rodinal I rate at 80. Fuji does a good job of not greatly overrating their film as Kodak routinely does with their B&Ws.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Purchased At:   everywhere

Similar Products Used:   Just about every B&W (and E6 and C41) film on the market.

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hrt4girls a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2003

Strengths:    Grainless. Beautiful shadow details. This film is everything I expect from a quality B&W film.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I am very happy with this film, I think its the best B&W out there right now, I don't process my own so I won't speak about that. I was recently at a wedding with alot of relatives I knew I wouldn't be seeing again for a long time. Translation, excellent opportunity for some impromptu portraits (which I love). I got dressed for the reception and slapped the AFD 85 1.8 on the F100 and went down to the fridge to grab some ammo. Unfortunately all my Kodak T-Max was gone and all all had was crappy C41 B&W and this Fuji Neopan Acros which I was planning to try out at a later time. There was no time to get some T-Max so I grabbed the Fuji, I won't be buying anymore Kodak. I spent the night taking head shots of my relatives and they turned out great, absolutely no grain, I haven't gone past 5x7 yet but the film really gets all the detail my lens can provide, the grays are wonderful and the shadow detail rocks. The portraits turned out beautiful and I have already given away several as gifts. This is my new favorite B&W.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Just about everything B&W. I'm also done trying to find a decent C41 B&W because it doesn't exist. If you want B&W buy a REAL B&W film.

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Killerbee a Intermediate from Canada

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2003

Strengths:    VERY fine grained, sharp well defined, good grain structure

Weaknesses:    pricey, thin base makes you think your under developing/under exposing it. not a great tonal range.

Bottom Line:   
I love B&W film, I develop it myself and used to ( ok still do, the epson 2200 is good but not that good ) print in my own darkroom. I tried Acros a year ago and showed a few 11x14 prints, people thought it was medium format it was that fine grained. This film has a thin grey base, very thin base and scratches easliy, it doesn't like hardners either and doesn't wash too well ( I'm in a hard water area ). Double the wash time with this film or untill the purple all washes out after fixing. Other than that lets get into this films other attributes. on the scanner and on the enlarger due to it's thin base it may seem under exposed, tho I could be developing it bit under but I talked to a fuji rep and others have mentioned this to. The EI of this film seems to be about 80, not 100 so possibly it needs about 5% over developing. I have compared the grain to Delta 100, and across is finer, but it lacks the tonality of delta, and delta doesn't have hp5+ or trix like tonality either. If you want a VERY fine grained, rather sharp B&W film this fits the bill, but it cost more than delta and is troublesome to print. It's VERY sharp so depending on your needs I say when sharpness and fine grain is needed this should be the film of choice, but at it's cost ( I'm not a working pro ) I would shoot delta or agfa pan 100.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Delta 100

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by holzman a Casual from Antwerp,Belgium

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Strengths:    grain, sharpnes.

Weaknesses:    very thin film

Bottom Line:   
Wowww.... amazing film !
Fine grain,fantastic details & sharpnes.
Magnificient gray-tones as well as contrast.
My new favorite !

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Agfa ; Ilford

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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