Film Review: Moldy Gold 100ISO 35mm Film by Safelight Berlin

Moldy Gold 100 - 35mm

I first came across the guys of Safelight Berlin through
world of month from Fotoimpex on a trip to Berlin a few years ago. Over the
years the amazing team at Safelight Berlin have helped me out on a few projects
I am working on. One receiving a recent delivery from them, there was an extra
surprise, a box of Moldy Gold 100ISO 35mm with a note saying, “let us know what
you think”. 

Other then the green packaging, the film canister really got
me curious, with a all green film canister.  I have shot many rolls over the years, but
never seen something like this. ‘Is it a roll from the Deutsche Demokratische
Republik (East Germany) or something like that…..?’ Was running through my

On a sunny winter’s day in Melbourne, Bianca and I jumped in
the car and went down to Heavenly Queen Temple in Footscray for a casual shoot,
run wild with the story in out mind of the day.

I dropped the Moldy Gold 100 roll in my Canon A1, and
casually shot around the temple.

When I got the film back and scanned it, it was quite
surprised of the results, a nice amount of grain in the film for something
expired, a little more visible in the darker areas of the photos but nothing
too heavy.

 As I was shooting in
day light, its enhanced elements of the film with a slight cast of blue and
orange. Overall, it was a really fun film to shoot, something different.

In a film market where there is nothing new happening often
or at pace when you compare it to the digital world, it is nice to have  something like this, something “New” something
to spice thing up in the film photography world. Something I will shoot again
for sure.

Big thanks to the guys at Safelight for helping me out over
the years and on my next trip back home to Europe, I will be sure to stop into
their new shop.

Make sure you get your hands on a roll of Moldy Gold 100 and
you can also get a Third Culture pin to go along with it, it’s limited edition.
Add it to your camera bag and shoot something a little different in your day.

Model: Bianca Schragger from FRM Models 

Shoot With: Canon A1 – 50m 1.8

Scanned: Fuji Frontier SP-3000 (no adjustments)

Location: Heavenly Queen Temple, Footscray, Melbourne,

Review: FilmNeverDie IRO200 Colour Film

I managed to get my hands on a roll of FilmNeverDie IRO200
C41 Colour Film, hot off the first batch of this film. Yes… before you ask this
is another “rebranded film” however it does come with a twist of the
FilmNeverDie style with an eye catching box and roll and with the name of IRO,
this name simply means colour in Japanese.

I was doing a fashion shoot in country Victoria and I
thought I would run a roll through my Nikon F100 to see how it goes, not
normally my style at all.

FilmNeverDie IRO200 is a middle speed film. It’s great for
shooting outdoors and I am sure it can deal with an overcast sky without any
problem, not that I have tested it yet in these conditions. Conversely this
film handles sunlight better than 400ISO films emulsions purely because it
isn’t that fast. You’ll find that all the shadows are as well detailed as the
highlights. It’s way less likely to blow out.  The grain is there, but fine, nothing as fine
as a 50-80ISO film, but still there was that “Hipster/classic” look. Next up I
will run a roll through one of my point & shoot camera, with a random girl
in a random street as I do, I know for fact that it will handle well under
flash and the colours will be what I normally shoot. Next review.

Overall this is a good film and it will be at a great price.
And Yes… it’s a “rebranded” film, but I will always come back to films like
this for my personal works/non-professional work. Why? As it is supporting the
little guys in the film community, the people that need it the most, places
like FilmNeverDie, Hillvale even Japanese Camera Hunter keep the film world
going, growing and connecting people in film photography. It adds just a little
bit more choice in the market and the best part of it, it’s cheap!

Checkout to learn more about this film.



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