I was given a couple of rolls of Eastman 2366 B&W Panchromatic film, which is a high contrast film for titles, and not actually intended for use as a pictoral film. That said, however, it works very nicely in a 35mm camera, and will give you some serious contrast! Of course, it also can be tamed using the proper techniques. I have not yet managed to fully tame it, as of yet.
I am still working on that.
So I gave it a whirl in Rodinal 1+50 at ASA 6..
For some very smooth chromey silver type of look, it is excellent. It has some of the finest grain I have seen, short of ADOX CMSII, and some incredibly rich tones.
Of course, this is not Polypan film, and seems about right with ADOX CMSII for gray tones at a similar ASA speed.
That said, however, it does have a bit higher contrast.
I shot the CMSII in my Bolsey B2 at the same speed, and found that the CMSII film's contrast was a bit more even, but barely. It didn't quite clip to blacks or whites as quickly as this film does. Then again, that could be a number of factors, such as light conditions, weather, and even just the time of year.
When I shot the CMSII at EI6 I shot it during the summer, while this film was shot in the winter, so you're going to get a little bit higher contrast, especially with snow on the ground!
Nevertheless, I will try this film again, perhaps a roll from my good friend John, who I managed to snag him into buying a bulk roll of this (sorry) after I gave him a roll to try out.
He absolutely loves the film.
Check out his blog post on it.
So far I am enjoying this film, and do have to try it behind some filters. Perhaps yellow?
Until next time, keep those shutters firing!
All images taken using a Canon T90 35mm SLR using a 50mm ƒ/1.4 FD lens on Eastman Fine Grained 2366 film and developed in Rodinal 1+50 at 20°C with a 'slow' agitation regimen.