6 WAYS to get the best from p30 alpha
- Download this PDF
Print it, keep it on your phone, give it to your lab and check back frequently! We will update this PDF as new data arrives, so make sure you always have the latest version.
- Use a manual camera
We highly recommend a fully manual 35mm camera - or at least a camera that gives you some control over either ISO, aperture or shutter speed. If your camera automatically sets ISO - take notes, tell your lab, and please share your results!
- Shoot the film at 80 ISO
We firmly recommend shooting this film at the box speed of 80 ISO. You are welcome to experiment, but it's extra important that your lab has the Best Practices PDF so they can process the film correctly.
- If you process film yourself...
We think this is best! Please use one of the developers and methods shown in the PDF. If you choose not to use this information, please share your results!
- If you send this film to a lab...
Unless you are going to send your P30 film to one of our test labs listed below, please make sure that your lab has this PDF - or tell them to contact us and we'll send it to them directly.
- Download the PDF!!!
Why p30 alpha is alpha.
P30 is an incredibly rich and flexible film - ready for the world. You can see the amazing results in the gallery below.
This is what we hope to see when you get your negatives:
Obviously, we have not spent years testing this film in every possible combination of camera, environment, lab, developer, darkroom or scanner.
We are finding that the cinema heritage of this film means that processing is very important to obtaining the best results.
Following the Best Practices PDF will yield consistent results, and so of course we suggest you or your lab use the tested chemistry and methods there.
We also know many of you will push and pull and try to "break" the film. We know labs around the world use an enormous variety of techniques to process and scan your film.
We need the film community to help us learn more.
P30 Processing Forum
With thousands of potential ways to process P30, we are looking to you, our community of P30 users, to contribute your processing techniques to our data sheet.
We want to thank the following labs for helping us to understand the best ways to process P30 film. In these early days, we recommend that you send your film to one of these labs (or see #6 above!)