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Silberra pan 100 + Pentax PC35 AF test

I want to tell you about the Silberra pan 100 film test. It's a black and white film from the guys in St. Petersburg.

The film has a very fine grain, you might even think that the photos were taken on a digital camera. I also liked the contrast and detail in general, both in the light and dark areas of the frame.

The film comes in a box just like any other new film. At first one gets the impression that it is a brand new product straight from the factory, but in fact all silbera is a rewind of different film, most likely from reels, rewound in nice packages. They do not hide this, for some instances they even write on their website in plain text, what kind of film they rewind, but still not about the ones they have not painted you have to guess what kind of film is still inside. That doesn't mean that their final product is bad, not at all. Yes, sometimes Silbera uses used reels which they just stick their stickers on with similar sensitivity to what they originally had or fix the DX to the right rating. They also have plastic coils that they wrap around the center with foil, and then stick a sticker on top of the foil. This is all needed to make a DX code out of the foil, and they also come apart, which is quite handy for those who need a receiving coil for Change cameras and for other cameras.

Now that we've talked about the company and the reel, let's get back to the test of the film itself.

I shot at the rating which is listed on the box i.e. ISO 100. Also, the manufacturer's website says that it can be shot at 80 and 160, but to put these values on the camera (pentax PC35 AF) was impossible. Maybe I will repeat the test on another camera, but with a different rating to compare the outcome.

I took pictures under different conditions:
1) in bright sunlight
2) cloudy weather
3) backlit with flash
4) in the evening (8 and 4 frames)
5) in bad light without flash
6) with flash in a dark room

Let's summarize:
Personally, I was pleased with the result.
On the plus side, I can say that the film was excellent in different conditions. I can add that it is one of the most affordable black and white DX-coded films with fine grain and good detail. I boldly call it an underrated, tidbit for beginner photographers or b/w film lovers.
On the downside, the film is very thin and you risk tearing it, or it might get ripped out of the reel through carelessness, which might lead to difficulties with reeling it back in. It's a small chance, but it's still there.