Ferrania Imaging Technologies recently ranked first in a comparative study
of 200 ISO colour films from five of the worlds leading photographic companies.
In addition to Ferrania's Solaris branded film, tests were carried out on Vista
from Agfa, Superia by Fuji, Kodak's Gold and Centuria
The study took place from October 29 to December 10 2002 at Ferranias
Italian laboratories (located in Ferrania) and Kodaks Bagneux laboratory
Numerous variables were tested to judge the performance of the films, for example,
ISO speed, film contrasts, colour balance and saturation exposure were examined
to assess the films Sensitometric properties. Ferrania performed well
in this area and with only one other competitor, scored above 11 marks for speed,
contrast, balance and saturation.
In the tests for film ageing in hard conditions, the ISO speed, film contrast
and colour balance evolutions were examined. Ferranias experience in film
production date back to 1917, this is perhaps what made its scores so impressive!
Whilst some competitors consistently failed to score a single point, Ferrania
was the sole participant able to not only earn marks every time, but to achieve
18.6 points to make its film contrast performance very satisfactory.
Exposure latitude, where quality after under and over exposure was put to the
test, as well as reproduction quality and resolving power (measurements made
on negatives), were the remaining trials to be conducted. All proved the quality
of Ferrania film, with all but one achieving a score above 16.
Overall, Ferrania was the only contributor in any category not to be allocated
a bad mark between 0 and 6.  Therefore, Ferranias average
score of 15.4, made it No.1 in the test of 200 films and concluded that its
quality rating of one (the highest in this case) was well deserved.
We are delighted with the results of these tests, they have proven what
we already knew, Ferrania produces photographic products of the highest quality.
This vindicates our strategy of continuous investment in research and development.
says Natasha Clynes, Marketing Manager for Photocolor Systems UK, Ireland and
Nordic Region, Ferrania Information Technologies.