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Developing Adventures – My First Time Shooting Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 II Film

The original Acros film was discontinued in 2018 and it seemed to be mourned by film shooters around the world, which actually didn’t go ignored by Fuji for long. I bought 4 rolls of Fuji’s new release of its Professional Neopan Acros 100 II film back when it first came out in Spring 2020. I put it in my refrigerator in hopes of shooting it when I had more time to really pay attention.

I recently saw a video made by Ted Viera with the film and thought it was time to thaw out my rolls and give them a shot. Although, I think Ted’s cool voice could talk anyone into anything LOL.

Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100
Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100

I first shot with the two rolls of 35mm at box speed. I am going to push the two medium format rolls for further experiments. At first I thought it was terrible. This film is very flat, even more so than HP5 when you first scan the negatives, so much so that I thought I may have over exposed them. After further research I realized this is just the look of the film and it leaves a lot of room to add contrast and pushing. I like that.

Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100
Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100

I haven’t shot many 100 speed films because I usually need faster film for low lighting. The ones I have shot I wasn’t too crazy about, so that may be part of the reason I put off shooting with this film, but I am pleasantly surprised.

Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100
Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100

You can see the wide gamut of tones this film has from white to black and every grey tone in between. This is a really good feature to have in a film stock because that means it will retain a lot of detail and it can be used in a wide variety of lighting situations.

Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100
Pentax ME Super Fujifilm Neopan Acros II 100

The one thing I noticed about this film is the amount of detail included in a frame, and I think that is due to the flatness of it. No highlights are blown and shadows retain a lot of information. I don’t know if you can see it in the photo below of my avocado tree because WordPress compresses it, but the shadow detail all the way up the tree is something I haven’t retained in the many other photos I have taken of this tree with other film stocks.

Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100

I processed these two rolls in D76 stock solution for 7:15 minutes. I agitated according to the directions in the box for the first minute and then only 5 seconds every minute after that. I’ll bet adding a little more agitation won’t hurt since it could use some contrast.

Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100
Leica M2 Fuji Neopan Acros II 100

Final Thoughts

This film isn’t very affordable, probably because it is a professional grade film. It’s about $11.99 on B&H, but it is unlike any black and white film I have seen in my journey so far. I really like it and I think I will definitely be purchasing more in the future when I can afford it.

I am going to push the next roll I have to ISO 400 and if those results are to my liking, I will probably push my last roll even further to 800. Wish me luck, and I hope you’ll stick around to see my results. Please sign up to get my articles in your inbox with the email form at the bottom of this page.

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5 thoughts on “Developing Adventures – My First Time Shooting Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 II Film

  1. When I lived in Japan this was my go to film. It was much cheaper there and easily available. I missed it when I returned to the UK and I did morn it. Now it is back…it is too expensive for me. If friends come to the UK from Japan it is the one thing I ask them to bring. I like it’s tones and it seems to make my shots less…dark.

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