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Film is far from dead. These are some of the films I still shoot actively. They show the rich palette of colours and tones still available to the film shooter. Most are current production films. Others may be discontinued, recently expired, or domestic-market only, but are available in specialist stockists or on eBay.
Yesterday, I received three of the new film cases from Japan Camera Hunter. These are egg carton style plastic cases that hold 10 rolls of film apiece. I decided to fill them with film and see what makes the cut as my top 10 most essential films of each type.
Black and White
Kodak Tri-X 400 - the classic
Fujifilm Neopan 1600 Super Presto - ultimate street shooting film
Eastman Double-X 200 - most beautiful tones
Kodak P3200 - globulous grain like coarse ground pepper
Bluefire Police 80 - ultrafine grained tech pan
Lucky SHD100 - lacks anti-halation for glowing highlights
Kodak T-Max 400 - a bulletproof scanner friendly film
Kodak T-Max 100 - great 100ASA film for scanning
Kodak BW400CN - good all-round film for when only C-41 lab chemistry is available
Ilford Delta 3200 - like discontinued P3200, a 800ASA film for pushing up to 6400ASA. I used to use the many excellent Ilford films not pictured including HP5, Delta 400, Delta 100, FP4, HP5 and will revert to them if necessary.
Chinese films like ERA and Shanghai - Chinese black and white films have always been excellent quality and while being the cheapest on the market. Sadly, all the brands I know of have recently gone.
Agfa APX and other Agfa films - Agfa films, especially those with a high silver content have a wonderful classic era look
Fujifilm Neopan SS and other black and white films - all top notch, just harder to get here and pricey, so I mostly stick to Kodak products
Kodak Ektar 100 - super fine grain and exceptional colours, especially blues and greens and reds and well … it’s just perfect
Provia 400H - low contrast film for harsh light
New Portra 400 - for shooting people in the head can’t beat Portra
Portra 800 - my favourite 800 film
Portra 400VC - punch up your colours without making skin tones look bizarre
Fujicolour Natura 1600- formerly Japan-only, but now the best all-round low light colour film
Fujicolor Superia Premium 400 - same idea as Portra
Kodak Profoto XL 100 - a premium, fine grain 100-round 100ASA colour print film, less punchy than Ektar
Konica 100 - this is so long expired I reach for it when I want an aged photo look
Kodak Ultramax 400 - this unpretentious film is almost the cheapest film you can buy here, but the results never cease to impress me. Universal appeal and ubiquitous availability.
Kodak Super Gold 400 - lovely if you can get it. Colours and fine grain, good in lower light too.
Kodak 400 Ultracolor - was a great film, but this batch is tired. 400VC was better anyway.
Fujicolor NPZ 800 - Like NPH but 800 rated. At least it was when fresh, now it’s 100 at best
Fujicolor Superia 800 - ‘cheap’ fast film but fresh and fast
Fujicolor Superia 1600 - likewise, ‘cheap’ fast film but fresh and fast
Fujicolor Superia Venus 800 - Fuji’s equivalent of Portra 800
Colour Slide Film
Fujichrome Velvia 50 - super saturated super contrast
Fujichrome Provia 400X - if I have to go to 400 in slides this is the film
Fujichrome Sensia 100 - cheap and less finicky. I miss the 200ASA
Fujichrome Provia 100F - a very versatile film for all colours from vivid to pastels
Fujichrome Fortia 50 - aka consumer Velvia
Kodak E100G - for true-to life colours. VS was good, but not like VELVIA
Kodak Elite Chrome Extracolor 100
Agfa Precista CT - cross processes with strong colour shifts
Fujichrome T64 - long expired but cross processes with strong reds and greens
Lomography XPRO Chrome - comparatively more subtle xpro
Velvia 100F - not quite the punch of Velvia 50
Fujichrome 160T - again for XPRO
Agfa Vista - LOL, that should be in the print film photo!
Fomapan R - it’s a clear base black and white suitable for reversal if you can get a lab to process it.
Rollei Infrared 400S - a portrait film that has the blessed ability to reduce acne and scarring redness in skin tones.
Ilford SFX 200 - best used with an IR filter
efke IR820 - consider it an extreme version of SFX
Lomography Redscale - I know redscale is just colour print film that’s spooled reversed, but the Lomo product gets better results than when I’ve done it myself.
Remember this huge selection is only a fraction of what is still out there in 135 (35mm) format. I have stocks of a variety of films in 120, 127, APS and other formats. Yes, I still shoot APS and yes, I can get it developed.
FILM - USE IT OR LOSE IT!
Japan Camera Hunter film cases can be bought here (link).