The Basics

Last updated 12 Feb 2018

Last updated 12 Feb 2018

1. 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.

2. 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! 

3. 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.

4. When processing P30...
Remember that P30 is cinema film and has different processing requirements than many B&W films. We highly recommend using the processing chemistry and data listed in the Best Practices PDF. If you try something different, please share your experience!

5. Download the PDF!!!


In this new section, we will periodically publish new pieces highlighting the people who use P30, interesting techniques, tips and anything else we think will inspire you to get the best possible results from this difficult, but highly rewarding film. 

Recommended Labs

We want to thank the following labs for helping us to understand the best ways to process P30 film. We are expanding our testing and will be adding new labs to this list over time. Please consider submitting your film to the lab nearest you.

    P30 Processing Forum

    If you are processing P30 yourself, or if you are a lab with experience with P30, use the comment stream on this page to share tips and data with other P30 photographers.