Wow I can’t believe it’s been this long and I am only just now reviewing one of the latest films from Adox. I was among some of the first to try this great film and I’m finally putting some thoughts and photos down for you to see.
Adox Silvermax is a true 100iso black and white film produced in Germany. It’s a silver rich film, containing more silver than other b&w films in it’s league. Adox says that when coupled with their newly concocted “Silvermax” developer that this film is capable of an extreme 14 zones of dynamic range. I’ve not tested this myself, for one I find shooting step wedges boring, and for two I have not yet tried this Silvermax developer.
So far I’ve souped it in xtol (1+0) and D76 (1+1) and both have produced excellent results. The film shows very nice tonal gradations all the way from bright popping whites to inky blacks and everything in between.
This film is only available in 35mm size at the moment due to production limitations however I would love to see it eventually take form in Medium and Large format sizes.
It’s not technically a tabular grain but I believe a mixture of Cubic and Tabular grain types, this coupled with the extra silver content gives it it’s speed and very fine grain structure. I’ve not yet tried shooting this film at different speeds as I am still getting a good feel for it rated at ei100.
This film is coated on a clear triacetate base therefore can be reversal processed and features an anti-halation layer in between the emulsion and film base.
While I’ve only shot a few rolls so far I will continue to process this film in a few different developers and try pushing and pulling. So far it’s found it’s place as one of my favourite 100iso b&w films. My favourite so far is Fuji Neopan Acros 100, which has a completely different look, Silvermax’s classic look gives the film character so it’s nice to have another option in this category for when I want something a little different.