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A few weeks ago we had a post on a few different negative film options. It was a pretty popular topic and so I asked a bunch of our social media followers what their favorite films types were. Since we often get questions about what types of film people should use (especially from those just starting out in film), we thought it might be nice to share the list of everyone's favorites to help give some of you a starting point, or to introduce a few new types to those looking to try something different.
The top films (in different speeds) according to your answers are: Kodak Portra, Kodak Tri-X, and Fuji Velvia.
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And here's what everyone was saying about their favorite films...
BW - Kodak TRI-X, Color - Kodak Portra 160 and 400.
B&W- I love Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and Kodak Tri-X 400. For color- I'm partial to Kodak Portra 400 or Ektar 100.
Fuji Velvia 50, Fuji Provia 400, Kodak Portra all kinds, Kodak T-Max 100, Fomapan 100.
Portra 400 or Fuji 400h Such fantastic colors.
For color, anything Kodak. For B&W, anything Ilford.
My favorites depend on application...
Fuji Superia 400 is a good all around film, and if I'm not shooting an event my camera is likely to be loaded with Superia 400. I like Fuji Pro 400H (or Pro160) for portraits. I like Kodak Ektar 100 for landscapes and nature. The grain is very fine (not quite Velvia fine, but slide films are another thing).
Might be one of the few, but Walgreens cheapo brand film, 200 speed. It may be repackaged Fuji, not sure, but it's well saturated, and warm toned. Hard to find recently, as everyone's doing away w/film.
Cheap Fuji Superia 200.
I really miss shooting Polaroid Time Zero film in my SX-70. What a fun and beautiful camera that was.
Kodak Double X and Tri X are my favorites followed by Tmax 100 and cheap Fuji 200.
Portra VC 400...Portra 800 & Kodak UC.....also ... Ektachrome E100VS.
T-max 3200, pushed to 6400; shot w/ a 28mm lens. I love grits!
HPS+ Kodak IR (nearly extinct).
Ektar 100 or portra 400 .
HP5 for B/W & Portra 400 for color.
It's been a long time but Velvia 50 rules. I still have some in my freezer!
Why Velvia 50 of course!
I agree with the Fuji velvia 50 sentiment.
Tri-x, Delta 3200.
I used to shoot loads of that Chinese Lucky Branded film in 100, stand developed in Rodinal, the lack of an anti-halation layer made for some interesting results. Once you got the hang of exploiting this, you could get some cool effects when shot with older lenses. I also liked Tri-X because you can abuse the hell out of it and get usable images. Also Efke 25, because I love the look of it developed in both D-76 or Rodinal.
Ektachrome 100VS and G, Portra 160 and Reala 100F (still miss Kodachrome 64!).
Velvia 50 along with Provia 100.
Fujifilm Acros 100 developed in Kodak HC-110. Talk about sharp, crisp edges and fantastic contrasts and tones.
Velvia, Provia, Sensia. Just like Fuji`s slides, but I won`t turn down any other film.
Fuji 160C in 220 (or even 120 for that matter) is my favorite, but it might be extinct. Fuji is very secretive about it and has not released an official statement. It would be great if you carried film stock.
Fave films (still in prod, in order): Fuji Neopan Acros, Tri-X400, Efke R25.
Kodak Tmax 100 and 400, but Tri-x with R09 developer is a killer combo. Also Ilford Panf+ and 3200 Delta. I have been loving the R09 developer for all of the films.
Adox CHS 25 Art
Have another film to add to the list? Leave a comment below!
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* Film Hunting- Where to Buy and Develop Film
* Film Format Guide
* Shooting with Expired Film
* Developing Film with Coffee and Vitamin C