|Noted authority Geoffrey Crawley reviewed Bluefire Police in the July 11, 2005 issue of Amateur Photographer, Great Britain's weekly photo magazine, and called it "...an exciting new b&w material capable of outstanding image quality, especially in the definition of the finest detail."|
|Your "Police film" works well with Contax CZ lenses. The coating
and sharpness seem to do the film well. Kalispell, Montana
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Bluefire Police 135-24 35mm film, EI 80 Process in Bluefire HR Developer for pictorial photography, or Bluefire Micro for high-contrast photography (developers sold separately, below).
Processing is available by mail: click here
135-24, 24-exposure for use in standard 35mm cameras. Set your camera manually to ISO 80 for pictorial use, or ISO 100 for high-contrast technical photography.
An excellent upgrade from Efke 25 or Agfa's discontinued AgfaPan APX25, with similar contrast but much finer microstructure and significantly more speed. Less grain than T-Max 100 and Delta 100, without the edge effects associated with tabular grain films.
Can also be processed for pictorial use in POTA, Formulary TD-3, Kodak Technidol, Maco LP Supergrain, and similar ultra-low contrast developers (effective film speed is significantly lower with these developers).
For high contrast and technical/scientific photography, process in Kodak D-19 or Bluefire Micro.
Rescue old, yellowed photographs by copying them onto Bluefire Police through a blue filter, which blocks yellow light.
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135-24 (35mm, 24 exposure) 12 roll carton:
Bluefire® HR Developer Concentrate for pictorial photography
Use this developer to process Bluefire Police film exposed at EI 80, for pictorial photography. The resulting image has a full and rich gray scale and extremely high resolution. Images can be enlarged beyond the resolution limits of your lenses without loss of detail to grain.
Also gives excellent results with most microfilms, and high-contrast 35mm document films.
This developer produces extremely low contrast when used to develop ordinary black and white films that have been conventionally exposed.
The 1-litre (approximately 1 US quart) package is shipped as dry powder. Mix it with hot tap water to make concentrate sufficient for processing 66 rolls of film.
Add 15ml of concentrate to 235ml of water to make 250 ml (approx. 8-1/2 oz) of working solution, to process one roll of 35mm film. Use the working solution once and then discard.
Compatible with all ordinary stop baths and fixers.
Bluefire HR's active ingredient (a form of phenidone) is sensitive to light and moisture. In the 2-part powder package, it is heat-sealed into a gas-barrier opaque pouch, which gives the dry, unopened product a shelf life of many years. After mixing, store in an air-tight plastic bottle (a PET water bottle is perfect, but be sure to label it so no-one thinks it's a beverage). If you want to store the mixed liquid for a long time, use several small bottles and store in a refrigerator. Squeeze to exclude air and use within one year. Discard if the developer begins to darken or turn pink.
Mix with hot tap water to make 1 litre of concentrate (processes 66 rolls)
We no longer supply liquid developers.
Why? Two reasons.
life. The shelf life of pre-mixed developer solution is uncertain, and there is always a risk that you
will experience disappointment.
Shelf life. The shelf life of pre-mixed developer solution is uncertain, and there is always a risk that you will experience disappointment.
Cost. Liquid is much heavier than dry powder and shipping costs are proportionately higher.
Dry powder in its sealed package has a multi-year shelf
life, so you can be sure it will perform as promised, even if you store it for many months.
|Bluefire Micro Developer for high-contrast document photography|
Bluefire Micro's active ingredient (phenidone) is sensitive to light and moisture. It is heat-sealed into a high-barrier opaque pouch, which gives this unopened product a shelf life of several years.
|Extremely fine grain||Negatives can be enlarged to extreme sizes without image degradation due to grain. In general, you will be able to enlarge a 35mm negative to a degree beyond the power of your camera and enlarger lenses to resolve detail, and still not lose detail to grain. Grain is usually not apparent until 50x enlargement, and remains inconspicuous even on enlargements at 4' x 6' (1.2 x 2 m).|
|High resolution||The film resolves extreme image detail. All images have an upper limit to resolution — with Bluefire Police, that upper limit is a function of the lenses used, and not of the film.|
|Thin emulsion||The photosensitive emulsion is approximately half the thickness of ordinary films, yet contains the same amount of silver. The thin emulsion results in less internal light scatter, which improves sharpness. High silver density yields images rich in tonal values when correctly exposed and processed.|
Allows this film to be used for projection transparencies, photolithography masking, and technical imaging.
|Anti-halation dye undercoat||The pink anti-halation layer stops light from reflecting back into the emulsion from the film base during exposure, which contributes to this film's remarkable sharpness. It is washed out in processing, leaving a harmless pink color in your fixer. When completely fixed, the film base is completely clear.|
|Dual purpose||When exposed at EI 100 and processed in high-contrast
chemistry, such as Kodak D-19 or Bluefire Micro, it yields grainless high-contrast images and is especially suited to use in
libraries and in the field by researchers and genealogists for materials
which cannot be photocopied.
When exposed at 80 and processed in Bluefire HR developer, it yields continuous-tone pictorial images with a rich gray scale, and is especially suited to surveillance, engineering and research documentation, and art photography.
|Panchromatic||Bluefire Police records approximately the same portion of the visible spectrum that is seen by the human eye. It has normal panchromatic sensitivity to all colors, including red, so that its effective speed is not changed by exposure in outdoor shade (which is deficient in red wavelengths) or in normal indoor room lighting (which can be either too red or not red enough).|
|Available with an optimized developer||Bluefire HR gives pictorial graduation and full film speed
when paired with Bluefire Police. You can
also process Bluefire Police in POTA, Formulary TD-3, Maco LP Supergrain, Kodak Technidol, and similar
Bluefire Micro provides grainless high-contrast images at a highly useful speed of up to EI 100.
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