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Efke KB(25,50 or 100) Anyone have sample pics?

Jedidiah Smith , Aug 24, 2007; 04:45 a.m.

Looking at the old style emulsions with high silver content - is there really a greater differentiation of the grayscale with these old style films? (When compared to the newer T-grain style)

Anyone have any sample scans up in their gallery on here? I'm a little curious...might pick up a roll and try it...would be a fun break from shooting slides.


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Karen Sandon , Aug 24, 2007; 05:55 a.m.

I'm interested in what you find. I'll keep an eye out for a report after you've tried it. Where are you going to get the old film from?

Andras Kovacs , Aug 24, 2007; 06:54 a.m.

Hi Jedidiah,

Here are two pics from my gallery. Both were shot on the Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy:



Andras Kovacs , Aug 24, 2007; 06:57 a.m.

Ooops. These are ISO25 rolls that were developed in D76 1:1. As I remember I added an extra minute to the suggested time by Efke. It was well known that you will have a slightly underdeveloped photo with the original dev times. Hope it helps you.

Jim Appleyard , Aug 24, 2007; 08:28 a.m.

Hello Jed,

I shot quite a bit of Efke 25 this spring; good stuff if you can get past the emulsion defects and the light leaks around the paper in the 120 size.

I really liked it in Pyrocat HD, 2+2+100. I'll have to look up times for you, but memory tells me 11 minutes.

As far as the silver content thing... IDK, most say it's a myth and I tend to agree. After all, only so much silver can be exposed during an exposure and fixer takes away the rest.

Michael Gilday , Aug 24, 2007; 09:47 a.m.

They definitely have a unique look all their own, quite unlike the "state of the art" films from the larger manufacturers. I use the KB100 as my regular B&W film in 35mm, often processed by dr5 as monochrome slides, and both the R100 and R25 in medium format, processed commercially. Most of the B&W on my website is Efke KB100, except for some medium-format Tri-X images.

The 100 film, at least, produces very interesting results when used at night - my knowledge of the esoteric end of B&W photography is more limited than I like, but I believe what I'm seeing is the Sabbatier effect in bright highlights, like streetlights and so on. I can't find an example on my hard drive this morning, but perhaps someone else has one.

John-Paul Palescandolo , Aug 24, 2007; 01:38 p.m.

Jed, here are a few shots I've taken with some Efke KB-25. It's only the 25 and 50 speed emulsions that give a somewhat unique (orthopan) look. The Efke 100 is a standard panchromatic film.


John-Paul Palescandolo , Aug 24, 2007; 01:38 p.m.


John-Paul Palescandolo , Aug 24, 2007; 01:48 p.m.

Oops, forgot to attach the picture... and the tattoo shot was on Rollei Ortho 25, so disregard that. Below is Efke 25


John-Paul Palescandolo , Aug 24, 2007; 01:48 p.m.

and one more

excuse me while i kiss the sky

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