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Camera: Minolta 24 Rapid
Developer: M&B Promicrol



Camera: Minolta 24 Rapid
Developer: M&B Promicrol



Camera: Minolta 24 Rapid
Developer: M&B Promicrol









AS WITH ALL EXPIRED FILM, YOUR RESULTS MAY VARY, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE, BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THE QUIRKY QUALITIES OF LONG EXPIRED FILM.


An elusive Legend!
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"The German Wonder Film"

35mm Thin Layer, Fine Grain B&W Negative Film
20 exposures ea. -  expired in the 1960s
approximate ISO: 20
no DX code
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1 roll = $15.00 (USD)

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    I had the luck to happen across a very small amount of this rarely seen vintage film and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had virtually no fog whatsoever after spending more than 40 years in an old bulk film loader.

    ADOX "Fotowerke Dr. C. Schleussner GmbH" was the world's first photographic materials manufacturer. Dr. Carl Schleussner was a pioneer of the wet-collodion process during the early years of photography, and formed his manufacturing company in 1860
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He worked with physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, who had discovered X-rays, and Dr. Schleussner invented the first photographic X-ray plate.

   The legendary KB 14 and KB 17 films, introduced around 1952, were the world´s first thin layer films, making ADOX famous worldwide. This thin film and "single layer" emulsion, with a very high silver content, resulted in an image sharpness that had not been seen before, earning it the "German Wonder Film" nickname.

    The ADOX formulas were later used by DuPont and Efke and there's even a new company using the historic name and trying to make a go of it with the old recipes.
But this is a rare chance to try the original Wonder Film! It should work well in most B&W developers such as Rodinal or D-76 but might also provide interesting results with specialized developers.

   My examples were all shot with a Minolta 24 Rapid camera which makes 24x24mm square pictures using 35mm film. They were
developed in Original M&B Promicrol for 9 min. @ 20°c. 

    I recommend starting with an ISO of around 18 then expanding your experiments from there. There is no DX code on this film so you'll need a camera capable of manually setting the film speed. I have cut it down in to convenient rolls of 20 exposures ea. Perfect for experimenting with this rarely-seen emulsion.
Get one now before it's gone forever.


    I'm keeping these rolls inexpensive by re-using old film cassettes and sticking on an artsy label I've made just so you know what's inside. Using a bulk loader I made rolls of approximately 20 exposures each, sometimes a bit more or less and as with most bulk loaded film the very last picture of each roll will not be exposed as that is where it is taped. This is not a stock product from Adox and I am not proporting to represent that fine company in any manner.

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Camera: Minolta 24 Rapid
Developer: M&B Promicrol


 



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