Arista Premium 100 Film

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by 25asa, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. I know Arista Premium 100 film is just Kodak Plus X rebranded. By why did they rate the Arista film 100 instead of 125? Also are developing times pretty much the same between the two or are they different because of the film speed difference? Should I rate the film at 125 like its supposed to be, or just 100? I picked up a couple rolls of this stuff, and like to know how to use them.
  2. I’ve done both. It’s only a 1/3 stop difference.
  3. The 2 rolls of this film I tried (early 2019) had a package with "Made in Czech Republic" on the carton. That implies it is rebadged FOMA, not the Kodak material. Use data from the FOMA 100 materials for your needs. I like the emulsion in my catechol staining developers but find the hit and miss emulsion defects not worth further work. Aloha, Bill
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  4. Arista EDU is Foma. Arista Premium is a discontinued label that was sourced from Kodak and the 100 was Plus-X.
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  5. IIRC Arista, Holga, Foma 100 should all be pretty much the same emulsion.
  6. I was about to get excited if in fact there was rebranded Plus-X on the market!
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  7. Guys. The OP is correct.

    This is Arista EDU 100, which is made by Foma: Arista EDU Ultra 100 ISO 35mm x 36 exp. | Freestyle Photographic Supplies.

    This is Arista Premium 100, which is discontinued: Arista Premium B&W 100 ISO 35mm x 36 exp. (Short-date Special 2/2011) | Freestyle Photographic Supplies - note the Made In USA.

    At the time the Premium 100 was available, it was widely believed that the film was rebadged Plus-X. I shot dozens of rolls and I have no doubt that this belief was correct.
  8. Yeah, the Arista Premium 100 disappeared pretty close to the discontinuance of Plus-X. Easy way to tell rebadged Plus-X from Foma: The base side of unexposed Plus-X is darker than most other films. If Arista looks same darkness as Plus-X then it is. The Foma has a lighter color to its base.
  9. Its been suggested that Arista Premium was in fact Plus X motion picture film, and not the still film. Any facts support this claim?
  10. I never shot PX motion picture film, but I did grow up on PX still film. Premium 100 sure looks like PX still film to me.
  11. If the Arista Premium were motion picture stock the sprocket corners would be slightly more rounded than film intended for 35mm cassettes. Also, motion picture film does not have frame numbers like the Arista Premium does.
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  12. Weirdly, I literally just pulled up a few rolls of this film from my basement freezer, planning to shoot it soon.

    It's in Kodak-style film canisters, with the thick grey lids with a slight overhang (as most Kodak films are), which is another giveaway.

    The fact that this is coded at EI 100 is handy since I have a camera (Olympus Stylus Epic) that only reads ISO 100, 200, 400, and 800.

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