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DPReviewTV: Fujifilm ACROS II Film Review vs. ACROS Film Simulation

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DPReview TV tested the new Fujifilm Acros II film, and compared it also with the much loved Acros film simulation we find on our Fujifilm X and GFX series cameras.

You can see the video below. Here are their findings summed up.

  • He loads the film in his Nikon FE
  • to develop the film he uses a black and white film developer, the Ilford Ilfostop Stop Bath (instead of just using water) and the Ilford Rapid Fixed
  • Chris likes ACROS II more than the original ACROS. It seems that Acros II has a little bit more contrast and punch. Sharpness, detail and grain structure look the same
  • Chris always thought that the normal monochrome film simulation on Fujifilm cameras looked closer to the original Acros film, than the digital Acros film simulation itself
  • comparing the Acros in X-T3 with the new Acros II film, the digital Acros has much more contrast, deeper shadows and brighter highlights. Tonal range and grain structure is differnt too
  • he likes the Acros II film a bit more for skin tones
  • he gets sharper results with his digital Fujifilm camera, as it has a big resolution advantage
  • they look quite far apart. But the digital film has a very distinct look to it, so has also the Acros film
  • they pushed the Acros II film at ISO 400 (2 stops), and they got lots more contrast but still very sharp and quite beautiful. A very usable film to push at 400
  • pushed at 400, the film reminds him more at the Fujifilm Acros film simulation
  • very versatile film
  • digital and film keep having a totally different look

Acros film can be purchased at BHphoto.

  • read here – An Ode To ACROS: “A Game Changer, My Favorite Film Simulation by far” and about the Best ACROS (or B&W) Settings!

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