Fuji Neopan 400 CN was designed to solve technical issues

I find it interesting that while this film was born out of a specific technical problem, nowadays it still satisfies a very specific technicality albeit a very different one.

At the time, B&W chemicals were not as readily available as the C-41 process used with colour negatives: thus the original purpose of the black and white film Fuji Neopan 400 CN was to be processed with C-41. Nowadays all film is niche – not just B&W – and C-41 is just as common as B&W: therefore the original need has expired. Yet a new one is created, since ICE cannot work with normal B&W emulsions (ICE is the dust removal system of several film scanners) due to the different reflective characteristics of the silver present in conventional B&W films. Neopan 400 CN can be easily scanned with the ICE dust-removal activated. In June 2012 I took a few pictures in Nice while I was in between trains, all with a Nikon FM2n, a Nikkor AI-S 50/1.2 and Neopan 400CN. Here are a few samples, scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 9000.

The luck of living right above a sex shop...
The luck of living right above a sex shop…
The typical urban residential architecture of the South of France (Nice) mixes with entertainment venues (a pub sign)
The typical urban residential architecture of the South of France (Nice) mixes with entertainment venues (a pub sign)
The area around the train station is full of hotels. Rue de Belgique is no exception. The signs of the hotel Capri and a Karlsbrau bar are readable. The sunny day shows the typical architecture of the area
The area around the train station is full of hotels. Rue de Belgique is no exception. The signs of the hotel Capri and a Karlsbrau bar are readable. The sunny day shows the typical architecture of the area
The sign of a sex shop in Nice, France, with some apartment flats above
The sign of a sex shop in Nice, France, with some apartment flats above
Several small shops mix with residential dwellings in this area around the railways station. Visible: sex shops, pharmacy, groceries', together with two "Sold" signs
Several small shops mix with residential dwellings in this area around the railways station. Visible: sex shops, pharmacy, groceries’, together with two “Sold” signs
View of an elegant building in Nice, France; summer 2012
View of an elegant building in Nice, France; summer 2012

 

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