There’s always a certain amount of excitement when a new film hits the market, and I couldn’t hold it in and wait to discuss CatLABS X Film 80 in its full review. So having not picked up a camera the whole Easter Weekend, I was, that Monday getting the shakes and needed my chemical fix. Having obtained the brick of film the week before and having ten rolls available to me, I figured why not check out a single roll. So I loaded it up into my trusty Rolleiflex 2.8F with a Green-1 filter just for kicks.

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As soon as the film came out of the tank I stood impressed. CatLABS certainly have my attention with this film, it’s clean, sharp but not overly so (at least with this round), the contrast and tone are pleasing and right to my tastes. My next step, of course, is to figure out how to shoot this film at ASA-32, since it has been described as being in the spirit of Panatomic-X I do want to be able to shoot it at the classic speed. I have some ideas on developing times so that’ll be my next experiment with the new film. You’ll be able to read my full review of X Film 80 in August.

Technical Details:
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 (Green-1) – CatLABS X Film 80 @ ASA-80
Kodak D-76 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC

4 Comments

  1. Very nice looking film so far, thanks for posting test shots. Looking forward to the full review, but may have to try some myself soon. Checked the fridge and only see 2 more rolls of Panatomic in there…

    1. Author

      Thank you! I’ve already done a roll in D-76 (1+1) and gotten stunning results. Shooting another roll this weekend destined for HC-110.

  2. I was in Blue Moon Camera a week or so ago and they showed me this film. I hadn’t seen it before and decided not to pick any up at the time. However, after seeing this blog post, I just might do that next time I’m there.


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