What film to use in 1959 and 1971

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by mike_gammill, May 25, 2015.

  1. I thought of this question as I was coming up with answers to the threads that these two dates were mentioned. In 1959 I think I would have made Plus-X my "all around" film as it was improved by Kodak in 1958. Tri-X at the time might not have served as well as a multipurpose film. For color slides Kodachrome and for more speed Ektachrome. By 1971 I would have probably used Tri-X more often than Plus-X. For color I would go with Kodachrome II. For more speed High Speed Ektachrome. For color prints I would use Kodacolor-X.
  2. At least the answer to this one is easy: Kodachrome. My B&W work is about 10% of my color work. So if I have to specify B&W, then the film would probably be Plus-X Pan. I really like that stuff.
  3. I suppose the by 1980s standard grainy ORWO NP 27 / NP 22 would have seen more use. - How about west German Agfa pan? - Adox KB 15 in 1959? - I haven't been around but I see lots of adds for European film in the old Leica Fotografie magazines and fear Kodak was too expensive in Europe?
  4. Easy question! I was using Tri-X in 1959, and 1971, and it's still my primary 35mm film. Just because it hadn't been "improved" yet in 1959 that doesn't mean it wasn't any good! I had a brief flirtation with Super Hypan, but that didn't last.

    Leica in their magazines liked to promote the idea of Leicas replacing larger formats, so they were pushing Adox and Agfa fine grain, high resolution films, but Leica users in this country were probably mostly thinking journalism, not postcards and claendars. When I wanted to shoot color, I grabbed an SLR. In fact, I still do.
  5. I wish I'd stuck with Tri-X. Somewhere in the late '80's I switched to an Ilford film for a while, some sort of desaturated color film stock. Something was "growing" on it, by the time I got around to scanning it. I'm guessing some sort of crystalline precipitate, frustrating as heck cloning that out.
    With Tri-X scans I had a fair bit of dust and scratches though, some due to my sliding strips in my enlarger's holder. Live and learn.
  6. In 1959 i was a kid with a box camera, and the obvious choice was Verichrome Pan. That stuff was foolproof, plentiful, and made a decent print. In 1960 when I got a 127-film SLR, most of my pictures that weren't on Verichrome Pan were on Ektachrome, because Kodachrome was too expensive. Ektachrome looked very nice when it was fresh, and of course it's only long after that I found out how poorly it aged. I went to a Boy Scout Jamboree in 1960, took lots of pictures, and they're all yellow now.
    In 1971, I was shooting almost exclusively bulk loaded Plus X. On the occasional trip I'd switch to Kodachrome. Actually I think that would have been "Kodachrome II."
  7. Behind the iron curtain it was easier to choose: ORWO. Second option: Forte. Behind these two anything you could get was to be avoided.
  8. In 1971 I was using either my X-15 and Verichrome Pan at a buck a roll or Kodachrome in my Minolta HiMatic 5. By 1976 it was the odd roll of Panatomic X or the first of my many miles of Tri-X rolling through my shiny new F2. Very good times.
    Rick H.
  9. In India in 1959, Agfa Isopan ISS could be had but was frightfully expensive. Later -- certainly until the end of the 1970s -- there were ORWO, Fortepan, Fomapan, and an emulsion from the USSR whose name I never could remember. I got to England in 1973 and became friends with FP4.
  10. In 1959, plus-x or tri-x. In 1971, kodacolor. With film, I like to keep the ISO at 200.
  11. rdm


    Super easy question.
    A: Kodachrome & Plus-X Pan
  12. I'm still using Tri-X! Back in '71 I was using both Tri-X and Panatomic-X,and Kodachrome of course. Back in 1959 I was too young to have a camera :)
  13. Lately I've been organizing negatives that my Dad made starting with the mid-1950's. Around 1959 he appeared to be using mostly Plus-X for 35mm (he had a Vitessa L with 50mm f2 Ultron) with an occasional roll of Tri-X. At some point (maybe in early to mid 60's) he must have used some "short ends" from motion picture stock as you can usually tell by the more rounded corners of sprockets. I found a few rolls that were marked "Weston 24". By 1971 I was borrowing his Mamiya Sekor 1000 TL so he would share Tri-X from his bulk loader.
  14. "What film to use in 1959 and 1971"​
    Tri-X for 35mm in 1959 and 1971
    Verichrome for medium format camera in 1959 and 1971

    Kodachrome slides in 1971
    Kodacolor print film in 1971

    X-ray film in 1971
    6556 Kodalith Ortho Graphic Arts sheet film in 1971

  15. Also, Kodak Super-8 movie film and Kodak 120 Portrait film in 1971.
  16. My late father used a lot of Adox KB-14 and KB-17 at the time. Also Isopan (Agfa) F and ISS 21, Plus-X, Panatomic-X. In color he used Ektachrome, because processing Kodachrome took months from here.
  17. In 1971, my favorite was Panatomic-X, 100 foot rolls from Freestyle for about $6 each, and developed in Diafine.
    I did a lot of yearbook photography in 7th and 8th grade (1971), some with Tri-X as I didn't have flash. I still have most of the negatives from those.
    If someone else bought it for me, High-Speed Ektachrome for slides.
    I was one year old in 1959, so wasn't buying much film. My dad bought a Canon VI, and it usually had Kodachrome in it. Maybe sometimes Anscochrome.

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