New Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400 movie promises beautiful black and white photos

Black and white film is an amazing thing because of its willingness to screw you up. Oh, you accidentally overexposed your movie by two stops because you forgot to change your camera’s timer settings? No problem. Or what if you have to shoot 400 to 3200 speed because it’s too dark? No worries, it will look even grainy and fresher than normal. That’s why it’s so easy to get excited about the new Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400 35mm movie Launch campaign.

In 2018 Kosmo Foto launched a very successful Kickstarter to fund its 100 mono speeds movie. This is a slower stock that photographers can shoot anywhere from ASA 50 to ASA 400. It is designed for brighter settings or situations where you don’t want to go overboard with the contrast.

Enter Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400

The new Agent Shadow 400 movie, however, has a different purpose. Pull it out at box speed, and Kosmo Foto says it will keep a relatively fine grain. You can push the film out, however, which involves underexposing it and then underdeveloping it in order to accommodate low-light situations. Kosmo Foto claims you can push it all the way up to ASA 3200 and get consistent results, but the Kickstarter page includes a photo taken up to 6400.

The more you push the film, the more contrast and graininess you will get in your final images. It’s not the kind of thing you’ll want to use all the time, especially if you care about things like maintaining highlight detail or dynamic range as a whole. But, he can create an extremely cool and brooding look that resembles the film noir his name alludes to.

How to get it

According to the Kickstarter page, Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow will be available in 35mm rolls of 36 exposures. The campaign page also gives a pretty substantial clue to the origin of the film itself. “The film is directed by one of the most famous names in film production, with nearly 150 years of experience in the manufacture of film and photographic products.” That’s enough information to make a pretty solid guess.

Kickstarter rewards start at around $ 28 (converted to pounds sterling), giving you four reels of the new movie. Go up to around $ 53 and you get five rolls of film, plus a cute briefcase-style box and graphic novel. Kosmo Foto does a killer job styling its packaging, which may not matter if you’re a cranky old movie type, but you’ll appreciate it if you don’t hate the fun. For $ 70, you can get a film brick, which consists of 10 rolls.

As of this writing, the project is already funded about halfway through his goal of around $ 53,000 with 34 more days, so it looks very likely that he will cross the finish line. Kosmo Foto says the film will start shipping in the fall of this year, which means you can fight those early sunsets with high-speed black-and-white film. Scroll down to see some sample images.

Shot at box speed, you can run it in bright conditions and get fine grain. Kosmo photo
Film Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
Contrast is your friend in dark situations. Kosmo photo
Film Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
This is my favorite among the sample images shared by Kosmo Foto. It’s smart and technically well done. Kosmo photo
Film Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
The grains are good. Kosmo photo
Film Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
High contrast adds ambiance to a scene. Kosmo photo
Film Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
It’s the kind of abstract scene that makes black and white movies shatter. Kosmo photo

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