Anyone remembers Adox KB14?


#1

Once upon a time, i.e. when I was a kid, we had a b/w film called Adox KB 14. It was the nicest film I have ever used (= shot with, as well as developed).

KB was short for Kleinbild (i.e. 35mm film), and 14 = 14 DIN (about 20 ASA),
and it is probably best known for its small grain & being very sharp.
The grain was so small, that you couldn’t even find it in a grain focusing scope…

Ref with examples: http://www.labeauratoire.com/film/adox-kb14/

I have looked around for any emulation of KB14, like a HaldCLUT &c, but no luck so far.

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden


#2

Interesting. Have you considered Efke KB25, a Croatian film that is also single layer high silver. Lomo offered Efke KB50 but looks out of stock. They are also known for high sharpness and fine grain. I might imagine these would be worthy of HaldCLUT making. eBay has some frozen rolls of Efke KB25 for about thirty bucks per.

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Btw that’s just the Lone Ranger. He used to shout “Hi-o Silver!” to his horse when it was time to giddy up. I don’t know what film they used, but I immediately thought of this dynamic duo when I read Efke KB was also very high silver content.

As for me I was raised on Kodak Panatomic X in the 70s and used Tmax in college in the 90s. According to my friend Wiki, Tmax replaced Panatomic X, as did Efke KB25 replace your beloved Adox KB14.


#3

More trivia found:
http://photo.imx.nl//Film/Film/page32.html