A Refined Formula for True Film Lovers
Inspired by the New German Cinema sweeping through Berlin in the 1960s, our original Berlin Kino Film emulsion was an utter blockbuster. However, as German cinema evolved through time, adapting to meet the innovatory spirit of its founding fathers, so did our film formula. Refined and brimming with greater artistic control, the Berlin Kino B&W 400 2019 Formula will allow you to capture moments of your life in an eternalized enchanting monochrome.
A Film to Expand the Possibilities of Monochrome
Unique in its high dynamic range and ability to produce distinct yet equally stunning results with different filters and development processes, this panchromatic emulsion is a blank canvas for your creativity. The native sensitivity of this film is ISO 400 (27°C). However, due to its impressive latitude, you can push the ISO up to 800, 1600 or 3200 while retaining an impressive tonal range and detail. Capture the gritty beauty of the streets in motion, or sweep into the studio for effortlessly elegant editorial images filled with soft focus and subtle contrast.
Developing Your Creations
This emulsion can be developed both in the lab or at home with the standard black and white process. For home development please consult our development chart below. The standard storage temperature of this film is 20°C, but for long term storage we recommend keeping this film below 10°C. Exposing the film to temperatures above 20°C for long periods of time impacts its performance.
- Kodak D-76
For standard / general applications we recommend using a developer such as Kodak D-76. This produces images with moderate grain size and great contrast for gorgeous results, without the need for any further manipulation.
- Kodak HC-110
When the highest degree of flexibility is required, we recommend using a developer such as Kodak HC-110. This renders images with full shadow detail, moderate grain and a wide dynamic latitude, retaining all the detail you need for your photographic project.
- Ilford Ilfosol-3
If you are prioritizing sharpness or high optical fidelity, we recommend using Ilford Ilfosol-3. This produces fine grain and excellent sharpness perfect for printing and enlarging applications, while also rendering good contrast and shadow detail.
If you are looking for a unique development process, maximum blackness (Dmax) and improved scanning abilities, we invite you to try the reversal process and turn your negatives into positives. We recommend using the Rollei Black & White Reversal Kit for this process.
From useful shooting tips to darkroom and post-processing advice, we’ve created a brand new 2019 edition Berlin Kino Cookbook to help you shoot monochrome masterpieces. Take a quick look at our handy development chart!