How do I process HARMAN Phoenix?

HARMAN Phoenix should be processed in standard C41 colour chemicals.

Where can I process my Phoenix films?

You can process yourself using C41 kits or send to any lab that offers C41 colour film processing.

There are many excellent labs around the world including our sister company HARMANLab.com who specialise in C41 and B&W processing, scanning, printing, and framing services. To get the best results, we recommend using labs that have applied our recommended scanning settings for HARMAN Phoenix 200.

Why is this film branded HARMAN?

Our company name is HARMAN technology, named after Alfred Harman, the founder of the original ILFORD company back in 1879. We do not have the rights to use the ILFORD brand for colour products and so HARMAN Phoenix 200 and our future colour films will all be under the HARMAN Photo brand.

Are you on social media?

We are building our @harmanphoto community on Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and Facebook. You can follow our colour film journey on these platforms. Please tag your images #phoenixfilm #harmanphoto.

Will you stop making your black & white films, papers, and chemicals? Why can’t I find those products on this website?

Our passion and commitment to black & white films, papers and chemicals remains as strong as ever. Those products have their own website (www.ilfordphoto.com) and social media channels (@ilfordphoto) and won’t appear under the HARMAN Photo brand.

Does HARMAN Phoenix film exist anywhere else?

No, this is a brand new, unique emulsion developed and coated by us at our manufacturing facility in Mobberley, UK. It is exclusive to the HARMAN Photo brand.

How long will this ‘limited edition’ film be available?

We have not set a fixed date or quantity with work already underway on future generations. However, we want enough people to be able to shoot HARMAN Phoenix as the feedback and revenue generated will help steer the development of our future colour films.

Why has it taken you so long to make a colour film? / Why now?

We believe we have the broadest, and best, black & white offering in the world. Our focus and dedication to black & white has allowed us to be one of the last film manufacturers consistently making large volumes of film. It has also given us the ability and confidence to invest significantly in our operations and people.

We’ve always known that making colour film is not something to be undertaken lightly. We needed to be confident we could not only make it, but to do so at a sufficient scale and at a price point that the community could get behind.

We recognise that the community is currently very heavily reliant on just one or two manufacturers and that all markets need healthy competition to thrive. As a company we are fully committed to the future of film and while this is just the beginning, our aim is to ensure photographers have a sustainable choice when it comes to colour film.

Is it a true ISO 200?

Yes, but it can be rated between ISO 100 and 400.

Will you make HARMAN Phoenix 200 in 120 / other formats?

For now, HARMAN Phoenix is only available as a 35mm (135) 36exp film. We are still reviewing other formats such as 120.

Where can I buy HARMAN Phoenix?

HARMAN Phoenix is available in all good photo retailers around the world (while stocks last).

Any scanning tips for HARMAN Phoenix?

We have carried out extensive scanning testing in conjunction with leading labs including HARMANLAB.com, thedarkroom.com, Blue Moon Camera and Analogue Wonderlab and have created [recommended settings] for the most common lab scanners such as Fuji Frontiers and Noritsus. We recommend you check that your lab is aware of these before sending your film off.

When left to ‘autocorrect’ these scanners may give you punchy colours with a cross processed vibe (Frontiers) or even a green tint (Noritsus). Due to the strong grain, we also suggest avoiding over-sharpening the scans.

Those using flatbed or Digital Camera scanning can also make adjustments to their own tastes using their usual software.

Nb. If developing / scanning at a lab, we always advocate collecting your negatives regardless of the film you are shooting – this way you can always rescan images yourself (or even better – print them).