film recomends

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by b_a|11, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. please recommend me some films to try .
    i just finished a roll of fuji 200 superia which is excellent !!
    i got a roll of 400 superia loaded .
    any others i should try out , ive heard velvia is good but this is a slide film , i believe and i
    dont want to use slide until more experienced .
    i asked elsewhere but got lots of if you lije 200 superia why try others but i want to try as many as possible and compare for fun really .
    so what should i try next .
  2. Maybe take a look at Kodak Ektar 100. Kodak Portra 160 is nice as well.
  3. Don't shy away from slide film. It's true that it is more sensitive than negative film with regard to exposure, so you have to be sure your metering is more reliable and exposure is set accordingly, but on a light table through a loupe, well-exposed slides can be fantastic. I personally also find slide film easier to scan than negative film. Velvia has a cult following; I prefer Provia. Try it!
  4. I've had some superb results with Kodak's Ektar. It is an extremely fine grained ISO-100 film with a saturated palette many have compared to Velvia - or at least to Kodak's own Extra-Saturated versions of Ektachrome. I have also found Ektar negs very easy to scan with no nasty surprises. Try some - I think you'll like it, while you gain the experience that will help you with slide films. Here's an example:
    Good luck!
  5. what camera are you using?
    if you have a modern matrix meter, get a roll of provia and be amazed.
  6. Kodak, Ektar, Portra 160-400, Fujichrome Velvia 50, Provia 100F, Superior...A good time to be alive!
  7. Try some Ilford XP2 Super sometime. C-41(color) process B&W.
    Fond of Superia 200, too. Great all-round color print film.
  8. I would second the use of Ilford XP2 super if you are into black and white. It is really forgiving and lets you take shots in the middle of the day which normally is a time of bad lighting. It produces some nice high contrast negatives.
  9. I agree on the Ilford XP2. Great latitude.....nice contrast. I rated it at 100 to 200 for wedding work in 35 and MF.
  10. If I had to pick a film for color accuracy, ability to capture a wide scene brightness range with highlights to shadows,
    forgiveness (exposure latitude), I would choose kodak portra 160.
  11. The film I use mostly is Velvia 50 ASA. It has vibrant strong colors and a "pop" for which it is famous. Not everyone likes this effect. Kodak Portra 160 is a lot more "natural" in terms of colors and I believe has at least two more stops in terms of exposure latitude.
    But as others here have said, don't shy away from trying slides.
  12. Try velvia 100. I heard lot of people say its difficult to shoot with slides. I initially held back and later started shooting slides. I get quite a few good photos and when they come well, they rock.
    It doesnt appear as tricky as people say. Perhaps a bit, but not a lot. try and see. fuji sensia is nice.
    In negatives, fuji superia is nice for landscapes and nature. fuji reala is also ok (not available in 35mm format though)
  13. Sensia and Reala are both discontinued.
  14. Try black and white film too. Black and White is a completely different ballgame. I like it in the way that it provides an instant classic look and sometimes you can't tell if the picture was taken last week or 60 years ago. It may not be for you though. If you want to try Black and White but don't want the expense of true black and white processing get a roll of Ilford XP2 Super. Think of shooting your Supera 400 but getting a black and white image. Same speed and same processing, but I'd give the lab a heads up that the images should be black and white because sometimes there is a color tint in the scanning and printing process.
    Don't be afraid to shoot slide film either. The price is off putting, but you can still have it printed (most color work is scan then print anyway these days), plus you have slides you can actually project. Slide film is EXPENSIVE though.

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