Mmmm.. this emulsion is like smooth silky chocolate. One of my favourites for many years.
One of the striking visual elements of this film is how little grain it has while retaining a ‘film look’. I have experienced low noise films that look as though they are digital in nature, and the point of me shooting with film is to see and celebrate it’s inherent ‘flaws’. That slight grittiness and the way the monochromatic film converts the colour spectrum into greys and blacks adds a uniqueness that is somehow missing from a converted digital file.
By using the film I compress the blacks and whites adding more contrast, though Acros manages to retain the smooth midtones that I have come to appreciate greatly.
Fujifilm’s tanty rage against the continuing production of films is threatening my long term love affair with this incredible emulsion. While many film companies are either reintroducing old emulsions, (thank you Kodak) or creating new ones, Fujifilm has been slowly removing itself from the film production market. No matter how good their cameras are, and I really enjoy my Fujifilm X100T, the Acros simulation simply doesn’t compare to the real thing.
..and yes, real, as in the hand held, physical 35mm tape that the image has been exposed onto.
When using this film I tend to push it to ISO 400 from its native ISO 100 which compresses the blacks and whites adding more contrast. Despite pushing it, Acros manages to retain the smooth midtones and low grain structure that is inherent with the film when shooting it as box speed. However, the blacks crunch down to an inky blackness, and the highlights are clipped dramatically, somewhat similar to a digital file (in a pleasing way).
Certainly an emulsion that I’m stocking up on, but am very sad of its impending demise.