Darkroom Notes – Russian A125 Black and White Film

A while back I found this A125 black and white negative film from Russia, bought 10 rolls of them.

As far as I can gather, it is developed and made in Russia, and bulk-loaded in Kodak film canister. It is not DX coded as the sticker cover the original DX codes on the Kodak canister.

It is recommended by the shop to develop this film in D-76 1+1 for 15 mins. While I only have HC-110 and R09, I did some research on the massive dev chart and translated the developing time to the following:

  • 10 minutes for HC-110B
  • 12 minutes for R09 1+25  (I have not tried it yet)

The grain is not very fine for a 125 film, but it is not ugly nor distracting. It performs pretty well on the streets. Here are some photos developed in HC-110.

Pushing this film is no problem, the grain is definitely more present in midtones and shadows, which is to expected. The contrast is not noticeably higher than when shot at ISO 125.

Here are some photos shot at ISO500 and pushed 2 stops, developed with HC-110B for 22 minutes.

From the result you can get, the price of this film is fair, if you don’t count the shipping fee. I will certainly buy more from them, and they offer another original black and white film: Type-D 200, I need to check it out.

Update: The developing times could be shorter, read update here.

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