There hasn’t been a huge amount of good news on the film photography scene this year. Every “new” film announcement either seems to be rebadged cinema film, rebadged Kodak film, or rebadged ORWO / Wolfen film.
Yet, just as we were about to turn the page on a year of ho-hum announcements, Harman has surprised us all. Well, all of us who weren’t in on the secret. They’ve popped a little red box under the Christmas tree that’s sure to delight many film shooters.
Harman has just released the world's newest color negative film: Harman Phoenix 200. Nominally an ISO 200 film, this new color 35mm film has high contrast, strong visible grain, and punchy, vibrant colors.
In this video from HARMAN Photo, go behind the scenes for a fascinating look at how this new film has been developed over the last 12 months.
Harman Technology are the British company with the rights to make the classic line of black and white Ilford films such as HP5 and FP4. They should not to be confused with a European company who also has rights to sell photography-related products under the Ilford name. Harman is no stranger to making C41 film; their black and white Ilford XP2 is a favorite of many film shooters.
Phoenix 200 is made entirely in the United Kingdom at the Harman Technology factory in England. The name springs from the mythical phoenix and represents hope, rebirth, and transformation.
This film is a limited edition run, but more exciting refinements to this first product are coming in the future, so stay tuned. Great news to cap off an otherwise ordinary year.