Boston-based camera store CatLABS is introducing its own brand of black and white film called CatLABS FILM 80. The new film is a slow speed, fine-grain film that has an emulsion similar to Kodak’s Panatomic-X.
The daylight black-and-white film has a box speed rating of 80, but you can push it all the way up to 800 and still produce a decent tonal range. Pushing the film that far means increased developing times in the darkroom though. The film will need more than 9 minutes in Ilford ID11 or Kodak’s D76.
According to CatLABS the filmstock is a totally new creation and not a rebrand of another film. It’s common practice in the market at the moment to rebadge another film stock with fancy packaging.
The film is currently available exclusively through the CatLABS website in 120 format for $5.55 a roll, or as a pack of 10 for $55. The film will be available in 4×5 sheets and 8×10 sheets later this month. CatLABS say they hope to release the film in 135mm format by 2020. This is a unique trajectory for a new film in 2019, a time in which most films start off in the common 35mm rolls and then expand to bigger sizes down the road if the market demands it.