Discontinued: CHS 50



CHS 50 is the second finest grain film from the historical ADOX CHS film range.
Because of the cut of in spectral sensitivity at about 620nm red image tones tend to be converted to a darker grey than compared with modern superpanchromatically sensitized films.
This leads to a better separation of lips from whte skin in portrait photography and makes the use of a green filter obsolete.
The speed gap between blue and green/red gives you interesting skies with better separated clouds (comparable to a soft yellow filtering of modern films).

If developed in ADONAL/RODINAL or Neofin Blue CHS 25 becomes ultrasharp and brilliant.
Grain is usually not a problem with CHS 25 because of its fine grain low speed emulsion so this group of developers can often be prefered over equalizing developers such as ATOMAl 49 / D76 etc.

This film has a wider latitude than the CHS 25 and thus does not ned to be exposed and developed with such precision.
It is more felxible and you can expose on the shadows and develop to the highlights.

Speed: ISO 50 / 18 DIN

Reciprocity failure:

1/2 Sek. no change necessary

1 Sek. plus  1/6 stop (1,2x)

10 Sek. plus 1/3rd of a stop or exposure times (1.3x)

100 Sek plus 2/3rds of a stop or exposure times (1.5x)

Base material:

CHS 35mm and 120 films are coated onto clear 100 micron PET* with backing layer (Anti halation, scratch protection, Anti-Curling).
CHS 25 Sheetfilms are coated onto 170 micron Triacetat.

*Clear PET is sensitive to lightpiping where light shoots through the base and foggs the emulsion.
Please load and unload 35mm as well as 120 films in the shade/dark and always put them back into the black plastic containers which are provided for 35 as well as for 120 films together with the film.

Available sizes: 
35mm 36 Exp.
35mm 30,5 Meter=100ft bulk rolls
120 Film
Sheetfilm 4×5″
Sheetfilm 5×7“
Sheetfilm 8×10″


120 and sheetfilms should be prewatered in order to dissolve the supercoating equally and prevent streaks

1) Can be developed in almost any B/W developer

2) Stop with water only (do not use strong stopbath)

3) Fix in any fixer.

4) Water for 30 Minutes under running water with 20 deg C.

The standard processing temperature of 20 deg C should never be exceeded with these classic films. After 22 deg C the emulsion becomes very sensitive to scratching and above 25 deg C it can come off the film.

Developing time starting points:

Click here for developing times for ADOX CHS 50