Is Fuji Acros 100 the same as Neopan SS 100?greenspun.com : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Film & Processing : One Thread
I've seen some brief references to Fuji Acros 100 ASA B+W film on the Net. Here in Australia I haven't seen this film for sale, but Barry Thornton on his web site gives a very positive opinion of a Fuji film that was new to him, Neopan SS 100. This latter film is available here. Are they the same film under a different name?
-- john stockdale (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 21, 2001
Acros and Neopan SS are different films. Acros is the new Fuji emulsion that is supposed to be as good or better than T-Max 100, though I have had at least one report that it does not live up to this hype. It is currently available from B&H Photo/Video in New York.
-- Ed Buffaloe (email@example.com), June 21, 2001.
As if this isn't screwy enough, the labeling is "Fuji Neopan 100 Acros."
This is _not_ the old SS....which may be a perfectly fine film.
-- John Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 21, 2001.
I've used Fuji Neopan SS 100. It's a very nice traditional-type film, and cheap, too, at $1.99/36exp roll (B&H). I find it similar to FP4+, although I give a slight nod to Ilford in terms of grain and sharpness. SS 100's tonal scale is beautiful in PMK, but then so is FP4+.
I've yet to try Acros 100. I see Ed mentioned that it is now available at B&H, as of 06/21/01. It was not available 06/19/01, when I last checked.
Rumor has it that Acros' ISO is more like 50 than 100. The Fuji customer relations rep told me its grain rating is 7, vs. 8 for TMX. But if it lacks true (or close) 100 speed, I, for one, will continue to use TechPan in Formulary's TD-3, which gives me great tonal scale and amazing sharpness, with an ISO of 50.
-- Ted Kaufman (email@example.com), June 23, 2001.