Originally designed for aerial surveillance in Eastern Europe, the Derev line of films is new to the North American market thanks to the Film Photography Project. I had the honour of beta testing the film for the FPP and found that Derev Pan 100 is an excellent film for outdoor shooting on bright sunny days. Sharp with a decent touch of grain and an amazing tonality you can clearly see why this film was selected for surveillance. And while on my initial test I only worked with HC-110, I looked forward to trying the film out in various developers!

Film Review Blog No. 46 - Derev Pan 100

Film Specs
Type: Panchromatic B&W
Film Base: Polyester
Film Speed: ASA-100, Latitude: Unknown
Formats Avaliable: 135 (35mm)

Roll 01 – Kodak D-76
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the grain, which is true there’s a lot of grain here, but the images are sharp! And while I already had an idea of the power of Pan 100, having worked with the stock in HC-110. That said, I’m a big fan of the film in D-76 and would love to see it in a 1+1 dilution. Yes, there’s plenty of grain but you have edge sharpness and some dimensionality. Not only that but there is decent contrast and tonal range, and while I was shooting in bright direct sunlight I should have used some sort of ND filter to tone things down. Certainly gives me a solid baseline!

FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 1 (Kodak D-76)
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 28mm 1:2.8 – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-76 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 1 (Kodak D-76)
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 28mm 1:2.8 – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-76 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 1 (Kodak D-76)
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 28mm 1:2.8 – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-76 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 1 (Kodak D-76)
Minolta Maxxum 9 – Minolta Maxxum AF 28mm 1:2.8 – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-76 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C

Roll 02 – Kodak HC-110
My first experience with Derev Pan 100 was souping the film in HC-110, and that is why I specifically used Dilution H. The film produces beautiful tones across the board and good contrast to match with dark blacks and bright lights. Like before there’s plenty of grain, a little bit more than D-76 but you still have sharp images. Personally, I think that only low dilutions of HC-110 should be used with Pan 100, even dilution B might blow the contrast off the roof and loosing the beautiful tonality.

FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Minolta XE-7 – Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 (Yellow-12) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 13:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Minolta XE-7 – Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 (Yellow-12) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 13:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Minolta XE-7 – Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 (Yellow-12) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 13:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 2 (Kodak HC-110)
Minolta XE-7 – Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm 1:2.8 (Yellow-12) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 13:00 @ 20C

Roll 03 – Rodinal
Of the three Derev Pan flavours I did not expect this much grain with the slowest stock. That said I don’t find the grain distracting at all, I find it rather pleasing! But let’s get back to the that, first, off I rather like the tonality and contrast resulting from stand-developing, despite being medium you still have those beautiful whites and blacks which are helped along by the yellow filter. There’s almost a clean classic look about the images. Plus the film responds rather well to the contrast filter and gives a nice darkened sky. And then there’s sharpness, and while there is plenty of grain, that grain only adds to the sharpness of these images.

FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 3 (Rodinal)
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D (Yellow-15) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Blazinal (1+100) 60:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 3 (Rodinal)
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D (Yellow-15) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Blazinal (1+100) 60:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 3 (Rodinal)
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D (Yellow-15) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Blazinal (1+100) 60:00 @ 20C
FRB No. 46 - Derev Pan 100 - Roll No. 3 (Rodinal)
Nikon F5 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D (Yellow-15) – Derev Pan 100 @ ASA-100 – Blazinal (1+100) 60:00 @ 20C

Final Thoughts
While not my favourite of the Derev lineup, the 100-Speed flavour is certainly not a bad film. Despite being on a polyester base it handles will in both loading into the camera and onto plastic Patterson spools. As a 100-Speed film it is also grainer than other emulsions I’ve tried, yet renders a wonderfully classic look. So while I probably won’t be using it for regular day-to-day shooting I might use it for historical reenactments and other such activities. The best place to purchase Derev Pan 100 is through the Film Photography Store!

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