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    Default what film do you guys use?

    asking out of curiosity cause a friend of mine asked me to change to velvia.
    currently im using fuji superia xtra. So what films are you guys using for your SLRs/RF/lomos etc??!!


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    Default Re: what film do you guys use?

    tmax-100 or 400.

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    I used to shoot velvia. it is easily the most expensive slide.

    if you are still learning photography like me, use the cheapest slide.

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    B&W:
    • Kodak TMAX 100 & 400 (Good for night photography.)
    • Ilford FP4 Plus (125) (Good for portraitures.)
    • Ilford HP5 Plus (400)
    • Ilford Delta 100
    • Ilford XP2 (400) (Ideal for street, documentary and photojournalism photography.)
    • Lucky SHD-100 (Made in China - not the best B&W film but good for use on HOLGA toy camera and other LOMO cameras.)


    COLOR NEGATIVES:
    • Kodak Ultra Max 400 (Good warm color with high saturation. Ideal for street photography.)
    • FujiFilm Superia Xtra 400 (Good for daytime street photography.)
    • FujiFilm Superia Xtra 800 (Good for night street photography.)
    • FujiFilm Superia 1600 (Good for night street photography.)
    • FujiFilm NPS (160)
    • FujiFilm NPC (160)
    • FujiFilm NPH (160)


    COLOR SLIDES
    • Kodak Ektachrome E100VS (Ideal for landscape/nocturne photography.)
    • FujiFilm Provia 100F
    • FujiFilm Velvia 100F
    • FujiFilm Velvia 50 (Best for landscapes.)
    • FujiFilm ASTIA 100F (Ideal for studio portraitures.)
    • FujiFilm Sensia 100
    • FujiFilm Sensia 200
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    Default Re: what film do you guys use?

    Same here, i also shoot fuji superia xtra.
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    Default Re: what film do you guys use?

    isn't superia negative film and velvia slide (positive) film? They are for different purposes and not exactly interchangeable per se.

    Velvia is not cheap... and the real speed is closer to ISO40 than ISO50 at which it is rated. The contrast is also very high.
    You might find Provia 100 to be good enough and a bit cheaper.

    If you want an alternative to superia, look at Fuji NPS. .. but as pro filmstock, it will be lower contrast (more neutral), but better shadow,skin details etc. ... though the role of the lab/printer you use will play a part too.
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    actually if ur final output gonna be scanned in, the film dun really matter
    ok this is IMO la, i know lots of ppl gonna disagree.

    but not to OT, the NPS and NPC are pretty good. the reproduction is pretty accurate.
    the Lucky is excellent for Lomo. and the superia i use it for mainly testing my restored cams.

    not getting any cheaper these days film...

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    o yah i forgot, illford XP2 easiest b&w film to process.

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    i used velvia to shoot human too. Maybe i like "rich" skin tone.

    As it is very sharp, i find it wasteful if i dont close up on the subject.

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    True enough, different film to different purpose; and sometimes to different camera/lens system too.

    So bro, best way to know is to try all out yourself whenever possible!
    After all, isn't "experimenting with the unexpected" part of the fun of using film?


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    Borrow from Mezzotinit and some more notes:

    B&W:
    Kodak TMAX 400 add an Orange filter for better effect, contrast
    Ilford FP4 Plus (125) add green filter (black lips) or light yellow filter for better portaits
    Lucky SHD-100 special characteristics, great for 120 type film

    COLOR NEGATIVES:
    Kodak Max 100 great colours and contrast,fine grains
    Kodak Max 400 pushed to 800, can get some really grainy results.
    FujiFilm Superia 200 great all rounders
    Fujifil REALA my favourite, not sure can buy anymore (!)
    FujiFilm NPH (160) low contrast fine grain, usually for wedding photo
    Agfa Optima 100 Very nice European colour, RED is very rich

    COLOR SLIDES
    Kodak Ektachrome E100VS great film
    FujiFilm Provia 100F great film (you can shoot 1/3 stop under for richer effect)
    FujiFilm Velvia 50 punchy colour

    In general, provided the camera's meter is working properly, my practice is:

    under exposed Slides by 1/3 Stop to get richer colour
    over exposed Film by 1/3 Stop to get better details

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    well... negative has better exposure latitude... so more tolerant of wrong exposures.
    However, slides have better tonal range... if i recall... but intolerant to bad exposures.

    that said ... the world has forgotten the fun of cross-processing!

    i.e. shooting slides and developing in Neg C41 chemistry, or shooting negs and developing in E6 slide chemistry...
    which also requires some trial and error with exposures, but generally ... exposures had to be overexposed and development "pulled"... to yield wierd effects.

    And how many of you here are old enough to have used process E4 i.e kodachrome ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasualSnaper View Post
    i used velvia to shoot human too. Maybe i like "rich" skin tone.

    As it is very sharp, i find it wasteful if i dont close up on the subject.
    Film isn't sharp, your lens is.

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    Since there are still so many film users, how about we do a film shooting outing some time?
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    Default Re: what film do you guys use?

    this is like one of the most useful threads in CS regarding film usage.

    anyone knows where to get films like velvia, provia, sensia, NPH NPS NPC. Ayailable in ruby?

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    ruby n cathay r gd sources.

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    Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400 is my favourite all-purpose negative. Apparently, the NPS pro-stock is actually aged Superia. So technically you could buy a whole lot of Superia, age it yourself, and it becomes NPS.

    For slides, I shoot in Sensia 100 on budget; otherwise I'll go for Provia 100 if I'm feeling generous. Provia is a slightly cool though, but the colours a punchier than Sensia.

    Sigh...there's still a few rolls in my freezer...haven't touched them for so long...

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    Default Re: what film do you guys use?

    b&w favourites: ilford FP4, HP5+ and delta

    colour: fuji superia 200 (great allrounder, imho) and 100, if i can get my hands on some.

    used to use kodak HD 200, but they don't seem to sell them anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah Pao View Post
    Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400 is my favourite all-purpose negative. Apparently, the NPS pro-stock is actually aged Superia. So technically you could buy a whole lot of Superia, age it yourself, and it becomes NPS.

    For slides, I shoot in Sensia 100 on budget; otherwise I'll go for Provia 100 if I'm feeling generous. Provia is a slightly cool though, but the colours a punchier than Sensia.

    Sigh...there's still a few rolls in my freezer...haven't touched them for so long...
    There are other differences like the place the film was cut from. The center part of the sheet of film is cut for the pro films, leaving the sides for superia. Also poorer storage conditions make superia have weird colour casts.

    Samuel
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    great to know that there's still so many film users around
    guess we are a dying breed (but not extinct... yet)

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