We love helping you capture your memories, tell a story and create timeless photographic masterpieces. That's why we’ve put together everything you need to get the most out of our new Lomography B&W 400 35 mm Berlin Kino Film. From useful shooting tips to darkroom and post-processing advice, we’ve created the ultimate guide to shooting monochrome masterpieces.
This evocative emulsion is panchromatic, meaning that captures all wavelengths of light visible to the naked eye. This effectively creates a blank canvas, allowing you to tailor this film to your photographic needs with the use of photographic filters. Depending on your scene, story or desired aesthetic, filters can be powerful creative tools in helping you achieve your artistic vision.
Limiting the range of colors allowed through the lens can add more contrast and drastically change the look of a scene. To help you find the perfect filter, we’ve created a collection of test shots to showcase the results of shooting with a variety of different filters.
When the sun goes down, shooting after dark can become challenging, especially without the aid of a flash or fast lens. Don’t worry – just like the brilliant city that inspired this film, Berlin Kino never sleeps. Thanks to its wide dynamic latitude, Berlin Kino film can be pushed up to ISO 800, 1600 or 3200 while maintaining critical sharpness and contrast. Simply set your camera to your desired ISO and shoot away. For more information on this process, check out our development section.
One of the many beautiful aspects of black and white photography is the endless creative freedom that comes with development. If you're going to hand your film over to the lab, we recommend getting it processed at ISO 400 (27°C). However, for even more flexibility and freedom to experiment, we invite you to develop at home.
We’ve made a list of the developers we think would be best at helping bring your monochrome masterpieces to life. Each produces a slightly different result to help you craft a photograph in your own unique style. We recommend you follow the manufacturers’ instructions for preparation and agitation.
Kodak HC-110 is one of our favorite developers for developing monochrome film. Rendering low contrast, great dynamic range and fine grain, this developer is particularly ideal for those who wish to post-process or enlarge their pictures. Preserving details and great tonal latitude, this process creates the analogue equivalent of a RAW file, allowing for the highest degree of creative freedom.
If you are prioritizing sharpness or high optical fidelity, we recommend using Ilford Ilfosol-3. This developer produces fine grain and excellent sharpness perfect for printing and enlarging applications, while also rendering good contrast and impressive shadow detail.
These two classic developers yield great contrast and exquisite sharpness. Considered to be to industry standard in power and liquid developers, Kodak D-76 and Rodinal produce impressive results without any need for post-processing.
If you’re looking for a unique development process, maximum blackness (Dmax) and improved scanning abilities, we invite you to try the reversal process and turn your negatives into positives with reversal. We recommend using the Rollei Black & White Reversal Kit for this process.
With Berlin Kino film, there's no need to stop shooting after dark. With its impressive tonal range, you can easily push process this film up to ISO 800, 1600 or 3200, while maintaining details and a balanced tonal range, while also peppering your images in gorgeously analogue grain. These elements make it the perfect tool for even the most challenging of nighttime scenes.
Don’t forget to tell the lab how many stops you have pushed your film when you send it off to be developed. If you’re developing at home, this simple guide will help you get the most out of your pushed film. We recommend using Ilford Microphen, a commonly available powder developer designed to allow push processing without significantly increasing grain.
- +1 Stop: 11.5 minutes at 20°C
- +2 Stops: 13.5 minutes at 20°C
- +3 Stops: 15.5 minutes at 20°C
A Darkroom Delight
Berlin Kino film is an homage to the days of smoky darkrooms strung with wet prints glowing in the red light. With its impressive dynamic latitude (especially when developed with Kodak HC-110 or Xtol), it’s perfect for creating high-quality prints.
This panchromatic film retains all the information you need to print your monochromatic masterpieces. Choose from different filters to drastically change the look of your enlargement to create the perfect moody monochrome print. We made a few prints for ourselves and instantly fell in love – we hope that they inspire you to create your own! Check out our Magazine to learn more about setting up and using your darkroom.
But what about the digital darkroom? Well, the same rules apply here too! When developed and scanned correctly, Berlin Kino produces beautifully flat files, similar to D-log or RAW images. This means that the image retains far more dynamic and tonal range than a traditional high-contrast negative. It preserves beautiful details in both the highlights and shadows in your image, giving you far greater control over exposure and other tonal adjustments in your editing suite.
To put it simply, this fantastic film soaks up scenes in their full detail. It’s a blank canvas waiting to become your next masterpiece.
We hope you enjoyed reading the Berlin Kino Cookbook! We can’t wait to see what you create with your own bundles of black and white brilliance. Upload your gorgeous greyscale photographs to Lomohome or share them on social media with #heylomography!