Tura P150 in the Nikon F2A

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A little wooden box on the floor next to my desk contains all of the film I intend to shoot in the next month or two. As I shoot it, film moves from the freezer into the box. This way, film is more than thawed if I want to shoot a roll on short notice.

Nikon F2

Sometimes film ends up sitting in that box for longer than a couple months. I have two rolls of ultra-low-ISO film that Mike Eckman generously shared with me that has well surpassed that time limit. But not long ago I discovered that I’d a roll of Tura P150 had languished there for too long. Reader tbm3fan sent me this wonderful film some time ago. It had been a while since I shot my Nikon F2A, so I mounted my 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor lens to it and went walking.

Every bit of this kit was gifted to me. A reader who publishes the Fogdog Blog sent me this camera and lens in 2014. It was an incredibly generous gift, and was just one of several terrific cameras he sent me.

I’ve been truly blessed by several readers who have shared their gear and films with me. I thank you all.

Tura P150 is an ISO 100 film that is loaded with silver. I’ve never seen such silvery tones from a film before.


But I didn’t find much chrome and silver as I walked with this camera. Mostly, I found my usual architectural subjects. But this film renders places where the light hits strong with great reflection and detail.

Apartment building

Even in diffused light, this film delivers good tonality and even contrast.

Arched entrance

Just check out the detail in the brick pavement. You can count the bricks. (But I don’t recommend actually doing it.)


It is said that this film is rebranded Agfa APX 125, the original emulsion. I would not be surprised to learn that this is true, based on the couple of rolls of that film that I’ve shot.

Statue close-up

I just love how this film renders highlights while managing contrast across the scene.

Statue close-up

It’s easy to get shallow depth of field with ISO 100 film, even on a gray day.

Chairs and tables

Blacks are good and rich and deep.

No parking

I’ve shot similar scenes on the tennis court in my neighborhood several times this year. I usually prefer the blue and green of this composition in color, but this time the black-and-white rendering really hits.

Tennis court

Of course, the Micro-Nikkor lens lets me move in close.


But the brilliance of this lens is leaving it focused to infinity. Then all you have to worry about is exposure, because pretty much everything will be in focus.

Accord parked

tbm3fan sent me a few more rolls of Tura P150 not long ago, as part of a huge stash of other expired and no-longer-produced films. His generous gift will keep me busy for a long time!

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6 responses to “Tura P150 in the Nikon F2A”

  1. JR Smith Avatar

    I think the 55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor is one of Nikon’s best ever lenses. And I love the tones from this film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s just a fun lens to use and it delivers good results. It’s one of the top two or three lenses I reach for when I shoot one of my MF Nikons.

  2. arhphotographic Avatar

    What a great camera/lens/film combination. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It sure worked out, didn’t it?

  3. sonny rosenberg Avatar

    Nice film and great shots! I do appreciate many of the Agfa films. I’m still in search of a 100 ISO film that I really love. I’ll have to try and find some Tura P150 if it’s still available.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s been out of production for 20 years at least, unfortunately! But maybe you’ll find some on eBay.

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