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Photographers: What is your favorite film?

Asked by kenmc (11763points) May 17th, 2009

I’m soon to be purchasing my first film camera (specifically a 1976 Ricoh Singlex TLS) and would like some film recommendations. I’m mostly looking to shoot in black & white, but I’m definitely open to hearing about great color film.

And please, don’t say things like, “Just go with digital. It’s easier.” I’m aware and I already own a digital camera.

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Dansedescygnes's avatar

Personally, I use Agfa brand film for B&W photography. I’ve been using it for a while now.

Here’s a link that describes some different types of B&W film:

http://www.photosig.com/articles/293/article

bezdomnaya's avatar

I use Kodak T-Max film. I tend to go for low ISO (i.e. 100) because the graininess is next to nothing.

I also hate it when people stare at my camera and ask me why it’s not digital

kenmc's avatar

@Dansedescygnes Thanks for the link! I’ve never heard of that type of film…

@bezdomnaya That’s actually the type of film I was going to get when I get the camera. (great minds…)

Since010501's avatar

Good luck in your search. I don’t know quite enough about film since I tend to stick to digital.

Lupin's avatar

I used to play with Kodak’s High Contrast copy film. I don’t know if they still make it. It had super fine grain and made neat effects. I still have my Omega B22 set up in the basement.
I used Tri-X and developed in Microdol to keep the grain down. Also I pushed Kodak’s 1600 ASA to 6400 with D76 developer. I don’t know if this stuff exists any more.
Now I’m pretty much digital. I only use film cameras in my geocache boxes.

simpleD's avatar

Tri-X was the best BW film ever. The grain was beautiful. Agfa and Ilford also made (make?) great BW film.

If you’re developing it yourself, be aware of the regulations in your area for chemical disposal.

willbrawn's avatar

Sandisk SDHC 16GB Digital

bpeoples's avatar

I love Efke films.

They’re the only ones still making a 25-speed black and white.

You can buy them from B&H and some other places, both in 135 and 120.

—Ben

zarnold's avatar

I love Kodak Tri-X for b/w, fuji superia 400 is a good color film, and kodachrome 64 (if you can find it) is lots of fun to shoot with since the dynamic range tends to be a bit higher (8 stops I think).

The kodachrome photos look a bit like this.

kenmc's avatar

@willbrawn

See the “details” section. Specifically, the last two sentences.

@everyone else,

Thanks! I’m researching all the ones suggested.

drhellno's avatar

I also endorse Kodak Tri-X and Plus-X as most ideal b/w films, though whenever possible, I choose Plus-X

And I’ve always shot Fuji NPC, it is vivid, but not saturated, and skews a little more on the purples, blues and greens. It’s really the anti-kodak-NC. But that choice is entirely based on personal taste.

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